g l i m p s e s SELECTED DESIGN WORK
G L A D S O N F E R N A N D E S
How would an urban settlement look if it was rebuilt in the post-nuclear age?
exploration into the development of cities under a new cultural and geopolitical background. Set in an isolated desert valley low on natural resources, devoid of vegetation and wildlife, the growing population of Phoenix 2.0 quickly understood that trade and growth would be stunted without connection to its segregated neighbors. The city sought to overcome this isolation through a robust high-speed transportation node linking it other nearby settlements. Continuing this trend, the city has dedicated expressways for its extensive public transportation. Through its reinforced cores and numerous bridges, virtually every space in the city has direct access to the central transportation hub. These all serve to promote the movement of people, materials and ideas within and outside the city.
Captured in an active and continuing state of construction growth, Phoenix 2.0 is an
In an alternate history where the 1960s Cuban Missile Crisis broke out into nuclear war that annihilated most urban settlements, a new city rose from the ashes of its predecessors in Arizona, USA. Symbolically called Phoenix 2.0, this city is now 50 years old and continuously growing. The physical form of the city is a response to numerous complex factors that directly affected its development, shielding from harsh environmental conditions and the looming threat of attack. These shields dually serve as the informational billboards of the city.
CONCEPTUAL MODELS: SHELTER
CONCEPTUAL MODELS: TRANSPORTATION
The city exists as a snapshot frozen in time, with its past , present and future all simultaneously expressed in the vertical axis and away from the once-radioactive ground.
I PLAZA II ENERGY III OLD CITY IV CORRIDORS
How can a traffic nightmare be converted into an urban hub? 14
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VILLAGE FEEL rather than creating a massive mall than interrupts neighborhood connectivity and is an obstacle to the urban environment, the design is inspired by the small scale and massing of villages.
Situated in the heart of the city of Sharjah, the neighborhood of Abu Shagara has carved its own niche as the used car sales area of the region. It would draw customers from within the city, from other emirates in the United Arab Emirates and even from neighboring countries. However, instead of the area becoming a bustling financial center, the auto trade resulted in the originally residential neighborhood degenerating into an urban nightmare for nonshoppers. With FRAGMENTATION no clear zoning or space planning in place, the neighborhood became overrun as awith synthesis between the scales of the car and the human, the design thousands of used cars, displacing parking for residents. The ensuing traffic congestion takes on a “fragmentation” approach that dissolves from the large car scale topedestrian the smaller human scale to serve bothactivity needs. and free flow of people throughout the area. shattered connectivity, social
Left unchecked, Abu Shagara was steadily degrading into one of the most undesirable areas of the city. The design brief was to create an iconic architectural solution as a “house for the cars.” Inserted into the regular city grid, a building was to be created that simultaneously functions as a used car shopping mall, retail/commercial hub and public space. This form of urban acupuncture would have a catalytic impact on the way the neighborhood works at various scales. INTEGRATION by fragmenting the volumes of the car mall, the project reduces in scale and integrates into the urban fabric, integrating into the feel of the
SHARJAH AUTO MALL
architecture that responds to the social needs of the area of abu shagara: to solve congestion, provide community functions and improve neighborhood comfort.
ABU SHAGARA: SITE ISSUES
problems in site and surroundings
outdoor spaces occupied by vehicles
low appeal abu shagara is seen as an extremely undesirable neighborhood in sharjah and has low property value
traffic nightmares with random one-way streets and wrongly parked cars, driving around in abu shagara is chaotic
buildings vs outdoor spaces
outdoor spaces occupied by cars
remaining outdoor spaces
banal architecture uninspiring buildings painted with washed-out colors with no regard to community or masterplanning
CONGESTION LACK OF SAFETY NO PUBLIC AREAS
no pedestrian walkability with parked cars taking up the pedestrian realm, people are forced to walk on the roads and face traffic
UNPLANNED CIRCULATION LACK OF RECREATION â€œ it is sad to see how the place has changed over the years, and there is no space to play football anymore. it is not safe to let children play in the neighborhood â€?
lack of outdoor space the community value is reduced as people have no outdoor space for sport or other activities
HAROON ABU AMAR, ABU SHAGARA RESIDENT
SITE DEMOGRAPHICS current social situation
Halwan Suburb Halwan Suburb
70 Al Abar
Al Qasimia Al Qasimia
Al Bu Daniq Samnan
Al Shahba industrial Area 4
salary 4000/ month south asian nationalities
8.5 million expats 50
40 Abu Shagara Al Majaz 1
9.2 million 0.7 million locals EXPAT
primary accommodation by area
gcc nationalities international expats
abu shagara residents
previous inhabitants apartment buildings
salary 10000+/ month
1 bhk apartment rent variation (annual price in thousands of dirhams)
function + environment
zoning in sharjah areas: site is located at the convergence of residential and industrial areas.
local value consists of community services such as retail, recreation, dining, and vehicular parking for use by the immediate neighborhoodâ€™s residents, usually by access on foot.
broad value includes automotive services such as sale and car parts that bring in visitors from both within and outside the uae.
0.5 mi (800 m)
mall / cinema
al dhaid road maliha road khalifa bin zayed road
local road 1 local road 2
analysis of community functions as suggested by LEED guidelines indicate a need for large community functions such as large retail.
comparison of hierarchy of roads to access the site from most important to least (1>4)
annual sun path with shadow range
shadow range mar 21: spring equinox
shadow range jun 21: summer solstice
shadow range sep 22: fall equinox
shadow range dec 21: winter solstice
wind rose annual study
wind rose summer: jun - jul
wind rose winter: nov - feb
incident solar radiation: buildings
monthly diurnal averages winter wind flow simulation
prefered access for vehicles and people at the level of the immediate neighborhood. al dhaid road
khalifa bin zayed road
annual incident insolation: spaces
direct solar radiation
diffuse solar radiation
average wind speed
solar, wind and shading studies conducted on site, existing buildings and initial massing model.
sample shading study
CAR MALL LARGE RETAIL SMALL RETAIL PUBLIC SPACE SERVICE
CORE ELEVATORS (PEOPLE + CARS) CAR DISPLAY + OFFICES CORE SERVICES
CENTRAL RAMPS MAIN RAMPS CAR DISPLAY ATRIUM SEATING
SUPERMARKETS SERVICE ELECTRICAL ROOM SUBSTATION REFUSE ROOM
SMALL RETAIL FOOD OUTLETS SMALL STORES CONVENIENCE STORES
PUBLIC SPACE PUBLIC CIRCULATION LANDSCAPING AUDITORIUM SEATING SPACE
SECTION A-A’ 1 : 200
+12.00 +10.75 +8.00 +6.75 +4.00 +2.75 +0.15
SECTION B-B’ 1 : 200
1 : 500
PLAN P1 1 : 500
1 : 500
PLAN 02 1 : 500
IN: AUTOMOBILE SPACE
OUT: PUBLIC SPACE
How can modular architecture be designed to reflect the specific functions of space? 24
a furniture designer in Sharjah. This was an experimental study in modular design and construction. In line with the modern unconventional furniture expected to be produced by the resident designer, the architecture of the workshop sought to follow a similar pattern. Thus, rigid geometrical construction was replaced by form-active, flowing, concrete shell forms designed using Rhino and Maya. Incrementally evolving physical models for the shell structure were also done using a variety of materials, including paper, chipboard, bent wood, concrete and foam. With a single-story limitation on the project, the building was given a spacious interior. This effect was increased by peeling open slits and oculi in the shells to allow in natural light after considering the local solar orientation. These shells were then clustered to produce a singular open-plan space serving different needs.
This project involved designing a combined studio, fabrication space and a gallery for
FORM: DIAGRAMMATIC EVOLUTION
How can design transcend the boundaries of dimensions and materials?
exercise in design through physical processes in 2D and 3D, this table tells the journey through handmade pattern
generation, digitization, 1:1 physical mockup model and finally reaching the end product through the following activities: WET LAB ACTIVITY: clay was cleaned, wedged, made into slabs, cut into pieces according to the template and fired at two different temperatures for two different colors.
WOODSHOP ACTIVITY: MDF sheets were cut, sanded and assembled using different integrating materials like glue
for lamination, nuts, bolts and screws, and notches made in the MDF.
STUDIO ACTIVITY: the clay tiles were assembled on the MDF base and glued piece by piece, using strong tile glue. OUTDOOR ACTIVITY: finally, mortar was poured into the spaces between the clay pieces for support and protection.
the whole product was then cleaned and shaded.
TERRACOTTA TILED TABLE
This terracotta table is the final design studio project in the initial foundations year of architecture school. A comprehensive
EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC DRAWING
MODEL UNDERSIDE VIEW
Binghatti Horizons is an iconic G+2P+11 residential apartment building made for the affordable market in Dubai. The design evokes memories of the coastal history of Dubai: the shape and flow of exterior and interior spaces are influenced by the smooth organic forms of the natural world. In line with the buildingâ€™s name, inspiration is sought from the Dubai horizon at sunset - a brilliantly burning orange that meets the waves of the sea.
The undulation of slabs is a symbolic representation of the ocean waves that reach and connect the land to the horizon. The waves smoothen out the orthogonal, rigid nature of the building. The juxtaposition of these two systems eases the transition between internal geometric spaces and the external organic natural world. Completed in 2017.
BINGH AT T I
J E WE L S
Binghatti Jewels is created as an homage to the rich architectural history of Dubai. It draws inspiration from the â€œmashrabiyasâ€? (traditional screens) that dotted the early settlement of Bastakiya, Dubai, when they were used for privacy, shading and architectural ornamentation. The design originated with the creation of a modular screen element containing Arabic calligraphy inspired by traditional Arabic poetry. This provides shading and privacy while still allowing light into the interior living spaces. This was then multiplied in a controlled manner, creating an ornamental pattern that dynamically wraps around the building, stretching from the sky to a delicately rooted connection with the earth.
The result of this design process is a uniquely modern reinterpretation of traditional ideas that are still relevant to the regional culture and climate. With a fresh take on historical ideas, Binghatti Jewels is a rare example of vernacular architecture that has been overlooked in the pursuit for modernism in Dubai. Completed in 2018.
BINGHATTI SAPPHIRES By using geometric patterns to create a striking overall form, Binghatti Sapphires sets itself apart as a unique example of residential architecture in the region. The design for the outdoor balconies takes full advantage of the contextual location. They capitalize on the siteâ€™s unhindered view of the Dubai cityscape while also serving as comfortable living space for residents. The external design was initiated at the microlevel with the creation of a singular module. This was extended from the internal envelope to the exterior and sculpted to provide a clear direction to its geometry. When arrayed, the triangular form conjugates to create a stunning overall dynamism. The angular form also bears a functional advantage of diffusing direct sunlight to reduce glare within the building. Alternating variations in color were then created to replace homogeneity with a variegation. The final product of this design exercise is a multifaceted appearance that justifies the buildingâ€™s name. Under construction - completion scheduled in 2019.
BINGH AT T I
P E ARL S
Architectural design often focuses on building elevations as a two-dimensional study. But not only does this discount the fact that our observations of the world are perspectival in nature, sometimes the site context directs you to see the building from a different viewpoint. Binghatti Pearls explores this idea to create a multilayered reading to the buildingâ€™s design. The grid of apartment units is broken up by a clever but functional play of geometry. Using parametric modeling, apartments of different sizes were created within predetermined ranges, in response to varying end-user needs. The ins and outs of this curvature in turn create a rhythmic motion to an otherwise static building Completed in 2017.
M I L L E N N I U M B I N G H A T T I R E S I D E N C E S The form of this upcoming tower in Business Bay, Dubai uses parametric design to respond to the harsh climate and surrounding water. The apartment units twist gently as the building turns away from the hot southerly sun and faces the magnificent view of the water canal. This sustainability-conscious move reduces the harsh glare from the sun within the units, resulting in pleasantly lit interior spaces. The result is a wave that wraps around the tower, giving it its unique appearance as another fitting addition to the iconic Dubai skyline. Under construction - completion scheduled in 2019.
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Glimpses: Selected architectural design works, 2010-2018.