CAROLINE MERG ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO 2019
Brazil, My differs
I consider myself a very motivated designer with a lot of passion for creation. The following is a selection of my works illustrating my academic and personal pursuits in exploring and representing the space and how we can occupy it.
C A R O L I N E
M E R G
Tel: +39338368729 E-mail: email@example.com Via Einstein, 6 - Milan, Italy
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Portuguese // native proficiency English // professional working proficiency Italian // professional working proficiency
//SCHOLARSHIPS GOLD SCHOLARSHIP - POLITECNICO DI MILANO Merit based Scholarship offered by Politecnico di Milano to the most talented international candidates admitted to a Master of Science program. ASP SCHOLARSHIP Scholarship offered by Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino to the 150 best students of the two universities.
//WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITION POLITECNICO DI MILANO Power of Memory and Memories of Power Urban regeneration of Garage San Remo site, Milan - The house of urban memory OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY Guidelines urban design: densification of social interesting areas. PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDADE CATÃ“LICA DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL Sustainability and Affordable Housing VENICE BIENNALE 2018 Exhibition of the project Sliding San Siro - Milan
//EDUCATION aug 2017 - current
POLITECNICO DI MILANO // Milan, IT M.Sc. in Architecture - Built Environment - Interiors
aug 2017 - current
ALTA SCUOLA POLITECNICA // Milan, IT Double degree program in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino.
aug 2009 - dec 2015
PONTIFÍCIA UNIVERSIDADE CATÓLICA DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL // Porto Alegre, BR B.Sc. in Architecture and Urban Planning
jan 2014 - aug 2014
UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA // Lisboa, PT B.Sc. in Architecture and Urban Planning - exchange program
//PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE feb 2017 - jul 2017
ARCHITECT - AC integrated architecture // Porto Alegre, BR Worked mainly in architectural projects in the area of retail and services. Developed the projects from concept to final product, always fulfilling the deadlines established with responsibility and quality. Tasks: concept development, direct relationship with clients, complementary project and supplier management, detailing in Autodesk AutoCAD.
apr 2016 - jul 2016
ARCHITECT - Università degli Studi di Parma // Parma, IT Experienced for three months the daily routine of an architecture office in Europe. Tasks: field measuring and representation on Photoshop and Autodesk AutoCAD of the collected data.
aug 2014 - jan 2015
ARCHITECTURAL INTERN - Santini & Rocha Architects // Porto Alegre, BR After the exchange program, was hired again to work as an architectural intern. Tasks: migration of the projects to Revit.
jul 2012 - dec 2013
ARCHITECTURAL INTERN - Santini & Rocha Architects // Porto Alegre, BR Worked on the project renovation of the Beira Rio Stadium. Tasks: SketchUp modelling, digital rendering in Vray + Adobe Photoshop, detailing in Autodesk AutoCAD and field measuring.
aug 2011 - jul 2012
ARCHITECTURAL INTERN - Mello Architecture // Porto Alegre, BR Worked on the project for over 30 gas station companies. Tasks: SketchUp modeling and detailing in Autodesk AutoCAD.
aug 2010 - jul 2011
ARCHITECTURAL INTERN - Marcia Lopes Architecture // Porto Alegre, BR Worked with a team of architects primarily on the concept design phase of over 15 projects. Tasks: SketchUp modeling and detailing in Autodesk AutoCAD.
THE TENSEGRITY SPRAWL
A prototype proposal for an extension / M.Sc. thematic studio
SLIDING SAN SIRO
A retrofitting for better human living / M.Sc. interior studio
DESIGN SCHOOL OF UFRGS
An intervention in the fragmented urban fabric / B.Sc. design studio
Creation of green open spaces in different levels / M.Sc. design studio
A new proposal for an old building / B.Sc. interior studio
THE TENSEGRITY SPRAWL Venice // IT M.Sc. thematic studio - 2018
The aims of the studio was to develop a pro-
Originating from the existing pavilion, the de-
totype that could intervene at Canadian`s
sign takes over the entire slope and revives
Pavilion located at the Biennale di Venezia.
the existing dead space. The projectâ€™s main
This new addition should bring a new use to
ambition is to positively enhance the poten-
the building in the period of the years which it
tials the beautiful site has to offer with mini-
is closed. Over the summer the area is high-
mal disturbance to the existing structure.
ly enjoyed, while during the winter period, it is
The proposed prototype is structure by the
completed abandoned and closed to the resi-
tensegrity concept, which means that the
dents and tourists.
three bars composing the modules are de-
Canadian pavilion, a spirally designed space,
pendent and supported between them within
is located at the far end of Giardini of Venice,
the steel cables.
bound by massive German and British Pavil-
One of the modules is a balanced triangle
ion and breezed by lagoon on the south. Due
8x8x8m and the other is 16x16x16m. Both
to its unique location, tucked in the woods, it
are allowed double height size.
was a challenge to further improve an already perfect jewel. Taking inspiration from the architecture language of the existing site and pavilion, a prototype of tensegrity model was developed. Multiplying it over the southern end, all the nearby functions (cafe, view deck) were combined with the exhibition space giving rise to a new area program, which would function through summer and winter season of Venice. The new sprawl connects green landscape to the lagoon , creating multiple points for views and vistas and allows the site be permeable all throughout. 8
MODULE 1 - PLAN & ELEVATION
MODULE 2 - PLAN & ELEVATION
Ground floor plan
Diagram use 2nd floor
Diagram use 1st floor
Section BB 16
SLIDING SAN SIRO Milan // IT M.Sc. interior studio - 2018
Residential building of Via Abbiati 6 is com-
The present condition of the open space of
posed of 2 main blocks: the first one belongs
the Via Abbiati block reveals some of the
to the Via Abbiati complex, one of the first of
crucial problems present in overall neighbor-
the neighborhood to be built, the second one
hood, such as negligence of the shared facili-
instead is accessible from Piazzale Selinunte
ties, lack of green spaces, storages for bikes
and has seen a more recent restoration in
and motorbikes, playgrounds, vandalism .
1999. The two blocks create a L shape along
Since its own complexity, block D has differ-
the corner of the San Siro east block and are a
ent apartment typologies, which are generally
cluster of 4 different building typologies.
single or two bedroom apartments, laying on
A two floors mix-used space, currently un-
a compact and introverse basement, acces-
used, interposes between the two main part
sible only from the edges. The close nature of
of the cluster. They also share a courtyard
the block and its sun orientation entails over
composed of permeable (green) and non-per-
exposition (for the apartments looking on
meable (paved) surfaces.
the street) and poor ventilation problems (in
The two wings are separate in the courtyard
particular for the apartments looking into the
by a fence, which was added through time
according the request of the inhabitants con-
In the neighbor scale, the proposal aims to
sidering the doubts about privacy. However
bring a sense of community to the people
the original master plan for the zone did not
who lives there. The street which now is com-
foresee closed boundaries and instead aimed
pletely occupied by cars, became a sort of
at creating places where people could move
linear park, where people can interact as now
the new layer of balconies added gives this
Unfortunately, the only green area of the
possibility together with the new entrances
courtyard is not, and cannot be used by the
to the building. The changing of layout of the
inhabitants due to strict regulations by ALER
apartments possibility a dignity life to those
for various reasons.
people with comfort and good solutions. 20
Layers proposed for retrofitting 21
Typical floor plan
NATURAL STEPS Milan // IT M.Sc. design studio - 2017
The aim of the studio was to develop a new
pensa Airport and the city center. This ap-
master plan to an abandoned zone inside Mi-
proach aims to use the potential of the site
lan, furthermore we should focus in the resi-
and turn into a place full of people and life. In
dential building to detail and develop it.
addition to this it will provide a major econom-
The Cascina Merlata is an area located in the
ic development for the site.
periphery of the city, while it has a lot of po-
Based on these ideas, I wanted to design a
tential due to its proximity to Rho fiera and
residential area with self sufficient commu-
nity using renewable energy surrounded with
While designing was aimed to integrate some
agricultural lands, small gardens, vertical gar-
conceptual approaches which are: economy,
dens and water streams.
sustainability, social and aesthetic.
The idea of this stepped building arises to
Considering the existing location of the Cas-
continue with the green corridor and to make
cina Merlata, was also discovered that is a
a connection to the mountains presented in
part of a green corridor which can lead into our
site. Keeping that idea in mind, was decided to produce food in our site. This is also a reference to its previous identity as a farm. In that way, the green belt will be continues in our site and also combination of small gardens with agricultural land can create job opportunities for the people who leave in there. This will be the basic idea behind our sustainable and social approach. Using our previous knowledge about the strong infrastructure Cascina Merlata can turn into a trade center connecting the Mal32
SECTION 3-3 36
WINDROSE & SUN Our site mainly exposed to the winds that are coming from south direction. Considering the direction of the sun and wind, we mainly decided to locate the buildings in north and south axis in order to get more light.
SURROUNDING The siteâ€™s immediate surrounding has different qualifications, thats why we need to threat them differently. One of them is the hidh way that limits the site and we have to block the noise and provide security. While the other is the open green space which creates a nice view to our design. The arrangement and the heights of the buildings designed considering them.
MIXED USE We have different typologies in the site, we wanted to carry this idea into R1 too. We designed our residential area with different functions including co-working space, shopping mall, library, cafe etc.
Fifteenth floor plan
Eleventh floor plan
Seventh floor plan
Fourth floor plan
Section AA 42
Section BB 2m
DESIGN SCHOOL OF UFRGS Porto Alegre // BR B.Sc. design studio - 2015
The project aiming was to create a new build-
The materiality of the project was thought in
ing for the School of Design of UFRGS. The
order to decrease the time of construction.
course is offered by the University over 20
The project aims to use technological and
years and always shared space at the same
pre fabricated materials, with a light structure
building of the Faculty of Architecture. How-
that compose the landscape poetically. Was
ever, in the last years, the demand for the
intended to give the architectural character
course has grown and the space is not reach-
that a design school requires, contemplating
ing the needs.
the human scale, contextual relationships,
The intervention area is located in Porto
pure forms, culture, technology and art.
Alegre (BR) in the Central Campus of UFRGS
The ground floor area are located the bar, re-
and corresponds to the historic center of
ception, bookstore and access to the audito-
Porto Alegre, where the city first developed.
rium. The following first and second floors are
The proposal is to keep the existing connec-
found the administrative areas and the library.
tion between design and architecture using
The following floors are placed the studios
as site for the project an abandoned area be-
tween architecture school building and a his-
The interaction between the spaces is a
torical museum. The chosen land is located in
characteristic of the project, and this is giv-
an urban emptiness due to a roadway provid-
en through double size heights, mezzanines
ed for by the Master Plan of Porto Alegre of
a translucent spaces which communicate to
1959/61, which never took place, and nowa-
days is used as a parking lot. 44
Definition of the area inside the University Campus in order to maintain the relations existents between Architecture and Design.
Extrusion of neighbor buildings aiming contextualize and compose the fragmented landscape.
Subtraction on the main volume addressing importance to the historical building and composing the background.
Composition of the volumes creating entrances, living spaces, gardens and flow spaces.
Creation of the â€œfree ground floorâ€? through pilotis.
Addition of the second layer which works as solar protection, integration of the building on the landscape and provides character to the project with its technological mode.
Ground floor plan
1 - Main entrance / reception 2 - Bar / restaurant 3 - Bookstore 4 - Hall / entrance of the auditorium 5 - School of Architecture (EXISTING) 3 - Museum of University (EXISTING)
Fourth floor plan
Fifth floor plan
First floor plan
Second floor plan
Sixty floor plan
Third floor plan
12 7 15
Detail brise soleil
FACTORY HOSTEL Porto Alegre // BR B.Sc. interior studio - 2015
This project was developed for the discipline
The proposal was to keep the factory identity
of interior design studio, the aim of the task
already presented, using some materials to
was to elaborate a project for a hostel in an
reinforce it and creating the feeling of being
existent building which is a factory. The build-
in a factory with the comfort and commodi-
ing of intervention is located in Porto Alegre
ty of a good hostel. The project have attrac-
(BR), in an area which was pretty alive and
tive spaces of common use encouraging the
frequented in the 60â€™S. This zone of the city
changes between the guests and rescuing
is near of the harbor and used to have many
the main characteristic of this area in the
cinemas, stores, residences in the past. Even
if the area is well located and fully connected to the city, this became and area under degradation and occupied most of the part by factories.
Ground floor plan
First floor plan
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TOILET IN COTTON WHITE Aquia 1-Piece Elongated 0.9/1.6 GPF Dual Flush Skirted
THE SHOWER TRAY Company Square Shower Tray White Gloss 900 x 1000 x 35mm
Tempered GLASS PARTITION 12mm
BATHROOM A= 40,00m² 4,15
Basalto sabbia rt Colorbody FINE PORCELAIN stoneware 10,5mm
DRYWALL KNAUFF W312 - Vidiwall + GKB 10cm
Cosentino Washbasins Custom 340x60cm
Grohe Allure Single-lever wash basin mixer 1/2″ L-Size WOOD BENCH 60X200cm
Cosentino Washbasins Custom 128x60cm
CORRIDOR A= 40,00m²
Grohe Allure Single-lever wash basin mixer 1/2″ L-Size
COLORFUL VINYL FLOOR
DETAILED FLOOR PLAN - bathroom and bedroom
VINYL FLOOR DURAFLOOR LVT IDEA 5mm X 22cm X 1,21m (m²) ATACAMA
BUNK BED - Total height=220cm
BEDROOM 12 PEOPLE A= 57,00m²