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Bassem Shahid BSc / MArch - Part II Architect PORTFOLIO


Through my work, I’m always challenging my role as a designer in response to cultural needs and values of society. My approach begins with thorough theory research and observation, followed by contextualisation, experimentation and reinvention. I intend to explore modes of intervention within the public sphere, with the aim to help construct social capital among communities, strengthen civic identity and ultimately contribute to a more democratic urban fabric.


Contents Architecture Cairo: Whose City? African Caribbean Archive and Gallery Therapeutic Retreat

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Work in Practice SO by Sofitel The Philantro-Lab Apartment in Cairo Royal Albert Docks

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Art Direction Bourdelle Museum 7 Days, 5 Senses Travel Novels Book Covers WSA Degree Show WSA Yearbook

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Singular, monolithic and hierarchical, is how the Egyptian government portrays itself. Abiding by its national constitution, the consolidated State is a threat to local governance and local independence. The uprising of January 25th, 2011, has put Cairo in a state of flux, where the urban is in constant transformation. Community-led efforts an bottom-up initiatives are responsible for the most dynamic changes in the city today, pursuing a more democratic access to the urban and enforcing a new citizenship. Following those vibrant local forces, this thesis seeks to envision the modern western model of the ‘Town Hall’, which has failed to finance its utopian task of providing social welfare, to be operating instead as a bottom-up institution, an enabler to autonomous entities that make the city a more just and fair place to live.

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Abstract drawing showing life and vitality in a non-modernised neighbourhood.

Cairo: Whose City? The Town Hall as a Civic Tactic Empowering Local Activism

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Laying stealthily within the historic quarter of Old Cairo, triggered by the patterns of adaptation and reuse of architectural ruins by the quarter’s residents, the project puts forward an architectural investigation in the design of spaces freed from functional constraints; spaces of comfort, intended for humans and not machines - a notion that seems to be lost in today’s modern architecture.

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Embodiment of Urban Landmarks.

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Embodiment of Civic Institutions.

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An illustrated scenario of the new civic pieces within the urban fabric. Knitted in the heart of the neighbourhood culture, the urban strategy is read as a tactile map for local activism.

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Communities alter and shape the urban environment in which they live, through their own means of modernisation.

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Infrastructure and building services are stripped away from the central space, freeing it from any functional constraint. Instead they are accommodated in an intermediate border, along the edge of the room - The Margin of Tolerance.

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Adaptation and re-use of existing spaces.

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New introverted civic pieces tucked away in the urban fabric.

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African Caribbean Archive and Art Gallery Redcliffe, Bristol Axonometric drawing showing the different spaces of the building and how they relate to each other.

The African Caribbean Community in Bristol suffer from loss of identity, feel disjointed from the rest of the society and find it difficult to come to terms with their past. Bristol’s involvement in the slave trade played an important role in causing this latter. The proposal aims to help African Caribbean people to get to know their past, broaden their knowledge about their ancestors and experience the legacy of the slave trade through the eyes of African Caribbean artists instead of the usual western point of view. The design offers the visitors the ability to sit calmly and reflect on what they have seen in the gal­leries and contextualise it within the city. The reflection space is an opportunity for the African Caribbe­an Community to have their thoughts and words heard and exhibited to the public.

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At the corner of the gallery, a window cuts deem into the concrete, revealing a framed view of St. Mary Church.

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The visitor is led by a man-made topography under small shaft openings. The beaming skylight re-enforces the sense of suppression and being underground.

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The space offers a shared central area for reflection as well as more private individual booths along the perimeter.

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1. Alto Planks 2. Mineral Wool Insulation 3. Concrete Wall 4. Fixings 5. Beam Connection

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Archive Detail

1. Stone Cladding 2. Fixing Adjustable Bolts 3. Sheathing 4. Insulation 5. Cladding Frame Structure 6. Plaster Board 7. Connections 8. Main Structure

Void Detail

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A Tower, a Landmark, an abstraction of a Spire or a Minaret, that visitors can identify and belong to.

Therapeutic Retreat design proposal is based on Cerith Wyn Evans work. His major solo exhibition presented a varied body of work brought together ‘in-concert’, described as “responding to the spaces which examine the transformative ‘Site/Sight/Cite’ effects that light, sound and duration can have on both spaces and their occupants.” Such concept is the driver for the design program, the division of the internal spaces, the design of the mains spaces and their function. The design will seek to have a combination of sensory features to provide visitors with a therapeutic experience that would help them with their self-reflection, prayers and inner peace seeking.

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Therapeutic Retreat Cardiff, Wales

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The music from the performance space echoes down the sunken reflection space beneath it, providing a remedial effect on the meditator.

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Upon arrival, the prayers wall reveals itself through the existing arches on site, and invites the visitors to engage with it.

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Detail drawing showing the acoustic mechanism within the musical core. The structure captures the sounds of instruments and channels them down to the meditation space.

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Early verrière pattern studies.

SO by Sofitel is a winning proposal for a design competition lunched by Sofitel for its new prestigious address at 150 Champs Elysées. Among 15 international candidates, RF Studio’s winning proposal offers a unique revival of ‘The Galleries des Portiques’, the original occupant of the Champs Elysées Haussmannian building in the 1930s, referencing one of the most outstanding art-deco pieces of that era by the likes of Louis Grossard. This extract from the competition scheme showcases my proposal for revisited 1930s art-deco verrières which offer an opulent ceiling and lighting system to the lobby and bar space.

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SO by Sofitel RF Studio Paris, France.

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Lobby Verrière

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Bar Verrière

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Window view on site location.

The national vision of the ‘Re-invent Paris’ scheme, which seeks to define new ways of fashioning the City by mobilizing multidisciplinary teams and bringing to the fore the public interest and use. It calls for the revival of sites of outstanding significance around Paris, where new talents can emerge. In the light of this elaborative social urban plan, The Phalsbourg Company has acquired the Bûcherie Hotel located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, a building of an exceptional architecture that dates back to the 15th Century, creating the base for the Philanthro-lab. It is a meeting point between social sponsors, project holders, associations and volunteers with an aim to foster the emergence of new philanthropic projects. In collaboration with Perrot-Richard architects, RF Studio is offering a complete rehabilitation of the historical architecture with new co-working spaces, a central exhibition space, rentable meeting rooms and office space.

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Philantro-lab RF Studio Paris, France.

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Meeting room table reflecting the window light into the room.

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The design puts into consideration the existing interior space. A gradually sandblasted glass partition separates the meeting rooms, while allowing a continuous visual connection of the mural woodwork

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A new piece is inserted into the existing space, housing a screen and other electronic needs for the meeting room.

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Site photo of the Rotunda space.

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Early proposal sketches.

Proposal drawings for the design of a private residential apartment in the upscale neighbourhood of Zamalek in Cairo, Egypt.

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Apartment in Cairo Alchemy Design Studio Cairo, Egypt.

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Type D Facade.

The 35-acre site at Royal Albert Dock is intended to be a gateway for Asian and Chinese businesses seeking to establish headquarters in the UK. This contemporary commercial trading centre aims to eventually be home to more than 3.7 million square feet of high quality work, retail and leisure space, including 2.5 million square feet of offices. The urban plan proposed for the clients, ABP & Stanhope Developments, includes different grades for office blocks, in which type D presented in this section is an upscale fully glazed building.

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Royal Albert Docks Terry Farrells LTD. London, United Kingdom.

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Mullion study for the curtain wall.

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Final curtain wall visuals.

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In the heart of Antoine Bourdelle’s home in Paris, the Bourdelle Museum opens up the private walls for a first-hand encounter with the delicate works of the French artist. In response to the notion of intimacy offered by the museum to its visitors, The ‘Paravent’ is a concept for a design intervention seeking to interact with both the visitor and the art work. Like a second skin, the Paravent will come to slightly dress parts of the museum, to optionally hide or reveal elements, thus, play with the perception of privacy in a practical and modular manner.

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In respect to the gallery’s history, the Paravent design recalls the shapes and mechanism of sculpting atelier tables that were once housed in this building.

Bourdelle Museum Paris, France.

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PARAVENT TYPOLOGIE 1

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Typology I showcases a folding partition which can be turned into the table to support exhibition publications and other accessories.

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Typology I also includes a folding up seat, which allows the visitor to rest and listen to in-built speakers.

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Typology II guides the visitor up the stairs to the main showroom. A folding up table supports brochures and necessary publications.

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Typology III hosts the temporary exhibition space, providing vital information through a portfolio holder mechanism.

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7 Days, 5 Senses Editorial A series of illustrations, portraying the pleasurable use of one’s 5 senses during everyday life, combined together in a 60-page editorial book.

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Miscellaneous extracts from the book.

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It is one of those experi about or sharing with oth journey through a symph of walls, geometry, windo colours, that come toget the dweller’s senses.

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The big windows bring li the staircase highlighting arises from the echoey so of the high ceilings and d

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In other parts, room furnitures designedIn and take the shape of the human body invite andyou take toth t them and interact with them. This shower/bath them and -cladded chaise longue for example, with-cladded its undulc curves and smooth surface reminds the curves visitor an Villa Savoye managed to keep a humanVilla aspect Savo design despite it’s modernity. design des

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Travel Novels Book Covers Graphic Design Inspired by the graphical system on passports and country travel visas, this visual identity proposal unites 6 travel themed novels using symbols and hatching methods.

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Book Collection.

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The Welsh School of Architecture degree show takes place once a year in Cardiff and in London. It’s an opportunity to showcase the final year students’ work and invite architecture practices along with sponsors and special guests. Throughout, the university’s image as well as the design units identity is clear and bold, reflecting the strong presence of the institution within the architecture field.

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External photo of the Bute Building during the summer show, showcasing the school’s identity.

Degree Show & School Branding Welsh School of Architecture Cardiff, Wales.

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Yearbook cover and WSA logo.

Archiving the students work is a yearly initiative, sponsored by numerous architecture practices with the aim of producing 500 yearbook copies, which include over 80 students’ work samples, for sale.

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Students Yearbook Welsh School of Architecture Cardiff, Wales.

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