00 | CONTENTS 01 | resume 5 02 | bed and breakfast 7 03 | student union 15 04 | housing
05 | tower 31 06 | UAE pavilion 37 07 | architecture models 51 08 | photography 57
Located on Jumeirah Beach, the hotel fills the gap between luxury and basic hotels. One of the main objective of the project is to design the building in a way that it allows for expansion to the left of the site. Inspired by the docks, the modular layout allows for easy expansion. Keeping in mind the climate and weather, glass has been used to create the feeling of transparency.
The aim of this project was to design a Students Union that would serve the existing universities; and to develop a masterplan for the Academic City. The student union then had to connect the existing campus to the new proposed development.
Grids extended from the existing buildings form the basis of the masterplan. The linear development of the masterplan has led to the focus of the Student union.
The masterplan provides a pedestrian and environment friendly atmosphere. It also accommodates parking facilities and easy access to buildings by car.
The Student Union consists of three buildings, connected via bridges, and a floating theatre being the fourth building. The division of the Student Union comes from the two paths that cut across in X and Y directions.
The project is based on an urban mixed development designed over a 400,00 sqm plot located in Jaddaf, Business Bay, Dubai. This project was developed in 2 phases: Phase 1: Developing a Masterplan. Being an urban housing development, the project hosts a variety of buildings such as commercial towers, mall, educational, healthcare and recreational. Advantage of the metro station has been taken by placing the public spaces adjacent to it. Running across the development, the lake forms a visual division between the semi-private, public and private zones.
Phase 2: Designing a Signature Villa. Located on one of the signature villa plots, the building has a linear plan arrangement that maintains privacy.
Along the street, exposure to the outside is minimal. Whereas along the lake, the facade opens up providing expansive views to the lake and park.
The basement is split in 2 zones along the length of the house. One side being mechanical and services while the other consisting of recreational zones such as an archery range, a gym, spa and a home theatre. The ground level slopes into the basement level from both direction allowing the spaces to be accesed even from outside the house.
Experimenting with a variety of softwares, the aim was to design a skyscraper with functioning plans. Conceptual design was done on Google Sketchup after which the project was constructed on a BIM software. Softwares used were Sketch up, Photoshop CS5 and Revit Architecture.
DUBAI - As one of the candidate city bidding to host the Expo 2020, I chose to propose a design for the UAE Pavilion. The theme of the Expo 2020 is â€œConnecting Minds, Creating the Futureâ€?. The design of the Expo 2020 Masterplan was inspied by the traditional Arabic Souks and Courtyard.
My initial sketches propose a futuristic building showing the concept of movement and time rising out from the ground. The landscape was sculpted to evoke the feeling of sand dunes.
With sustainability as one of the sub-themes, early into the project, the Expo 2020 team announced that the Host Pavilion would be turned into University and Research facilities after the Expo. The project then took at turn. I had to design a building that could function as a pavilion during the expo and later function as a university without major changes. The feeling of movement and time has been reflected in the ramp that varies in width and weaves in and out of the building which would also accommodate visual screens. The ramps takes the visitors to the Exhibiton level where they experience the exhibits in 3 large halls. Once done, a spiral ramp takes them to the ground level to the exhibits towards the exit.
Organization of the pavilion. Ground Floor: Accommodates the Theatre, Gift Shop, Restaurant, Wecome Desk and an Expo Passport Stamp Desk at the Exit.
First Floor: To the left of the building is solely dedicated to the Administration. Towards the right, there is a theatre lobby at the intermediate level. SECOND FLOOR
Second Floor: Holds 3 large exhibition halls. Towards the left, the area is dedicated to the Business Centre.
Third Floor: On the left of the building is dedicated to to the VIP.
POST EXPO BUILDING
As mentioned, the post expo use of the building is going to be a university and a research institute. To maximize the usage, the double height spaces of the pavilion has split in 2 by inserting a new floor plate. Keeping in mind the addition of thenew floors at new levels, the existing staircases are designed with additional landings at the intermediate levels to allow acces to the new floors once they built. The same has been done for the elevators. SECTION (POST EXPO)
The newly inserted floor above the “expo passport control desk” and the “gift shop” will serve as a student lounge and open library.
ADDITIONAL FLOOR (LIBRARY/LOUNGE)
The existing elevators shafts are already built with additional openings to allow operation on the new floor.
The above plan shows different variations of how the massive exhibition hall can be divided into classrooms and workshops. The exhibition walls are cladded with panels which allows us to easily change individual panels to windows where ever needed once the expo is over.
The convereted building will have 2 floors to accomodate workshops and classrooms. One floor being the existing exhibiton hall floor and the other, a new floor slab inserted at a height of 4m above the existing exhibition floor.
CONVERSION OF EXHIBITON HALLS TO WORKSHOPS AND CLASSROOMS