Hugo Gomes Architecture School of Minho University
Hugo Gomes Architecture School of Minho University
About me Projects City Drawings Construction Theory
About me Hello! My name is Hugo Gomes, I'm a 23 year old Portuguese Architecture Student. Although I've not yet finished my graduation, this portfolio already represents an important part of my formation as an Architect. Trough the next pages you'll find parts of the work that I've been developing and that in a good way have stolen days, hours, minutes of my academic life. You'll discovery works from the different areas that are part of my formation, unfortunately I can't put all the work that I have into this little pages, but I hope that the ones that's in here would be enough to know a little bit more about me and my work.
Tridimensional Organization Tridimensional Organization was my first contact with the Architecture way of working and was the first project I develop in my formation. It consists in organizing hundreds of Styrofoam pieces into a blank board with two terrain levels and a natural element in my case a forest. The purpose was to treat those pieces like simple volumes that all together organize an abstract city. After that we must select a zone to scale magnification and improve our organization methods, having in mind that one of the blocks must later be used to produce a kind of tunnels that must be designed to the human scale. There we must ensure that the person that travels along those tunnels can be â€œfilledâ€? with different space and visual sensations.
City Coffe The City Coffee was developed in Project II course and is purpose was to ensure that we could make a transition from the abstract city to the real one. For that we were given a terrain in the middle of Guimar達es city. There we must implant a small coffee and work in is interior. That was our first introduction to the internal space organization.
Modular Housing Modular Housing is the second part of Project II course. As the title suggests the work is around modules. In a small part of a huge terrain with difficult accesses, we have do develop foot and car access, as well as set of modular houses for students, as this terrain is close to the university. My work as developed himself in a longitudinal way taking part of an existing wall and also a small slope, for space organization and also to provide different types of accesses to deferent places of the terrain.
Beating Path This project is also part of the Project III course, and the purpose of it was to develop a bridge that allows students to cross the entire university campus, either by foot or bicycle. Along with this the students must have the option to access the campus when crossing the bridge and we must also equip it with some sort of elements that allow it to have exhibitions, so that it works not only as a crossing system but also as a cultural point or a place where university students can show their works. Having as image the heart beating, this bridge arrives as an attempt to represent the lifeline that we frequently observed in hospital machines. The attempt to cross this two lines making at the same time possible to each of them to work as an autonomous body, that at some point meet together creating intersection places where them we can found al the stairs, ramps and access points to the bridge. Is position tries to break the pre existent direction on the university campus buildings breaking the existing building direction monotony. The fact of this bridge look like a fragile element as to do with the fact that for me there's no need to make large rounds around the campus when the purpose was to connect to points that face together. Due to the huge altitude difference of the two points we need to connect, different strategies of connection have to be taken into account never loosing the concept of the lifeline. Leveraging this altitude difference, it appears in the middle an entire floor that although is fully covered, when can take a 360ยบ view around the campus. The other floors and access ramps open themselves either into the entrance of the campus or to the exit of it. Using this concept we increase the visual experiences from ramp to ramp.
Mr. Valery’s Vacation House Mr. Valery Vacation House was a project developed at the course of Project III in order to provide us the tools to work around the concept of the shape. For that it was proposed to us that after reading a book from Gonçalo M. Tavares entitled as (Portuguese translated) “The Vacation House – Histories of Mr. Valery” we can transform words in projects. Each of us as to put in project our interpretation of the book that despite the fact of being a small one, as lots of interesting sentences that where used by me as an inspirational starting point. Mr. Valery was a very complicated human being, and the next phrases show that very well “The easy is not to complicate, the hard is to simplify”; “…I'm equal to tall persons, but for less time”; “…there as cubes and spheres imperfect…for me that's perfect” and also “…he's just someone who thinks a lot”. Inspired by this I start looking for elements that show confusion and logic, that's when I arrived to the mazel and the spiral form. From that on it was just a mater to overlap this two elements into a single one creating a building with a form similar to a maze and a circulation system similar to a spiral.
Collective Housing Collective Housing is a work developed under the course of project IV and his purpose was to develop an entire housing unit inserted in a terrain located in the middle of Guimar達es city. The project tries to insert himself in the urban context and at the same times goes to the detail of the organization of different apartment modules. The build as a shape similar to the symbol pi. Because working in all project to the details of the apartment usage will be a crazy task, each of us have selected a part of is building to develop to the detail. My was located in the center of the project and although it can't be showed in the portfolio it includes, stores, markets, car parking, living units and an amount of circulation paths that together make this different spaces look as a single one.
Urbanism The drawings showed on this page are part of the work developed in the course of Urbanism. In this course we learn to interpret the city, the buildings, the human being and the nature as elements of a huge landscape that is planet earth. With that we produce hand made drawings that are either lectures of the terrain or buildings, always accompanied with text analyses. The work was done in groups of two an four persons witch provided us a critical view from others way of thinking as well as open our minds to other perspectives of the same place.
DAC DAC or in English ACD (Assisted Computer Drawing) was the first contact with the marvelous world of computer software for architecture even if most of us, me included, already developed work using computers. In this course we learn how to use Autodesk AutoCAD software in 2D and 3D, as well as we get notions about Adobe Photoshop. To this work we we're joined in groups of two persons and the challenge was to choose a project from witch there are no digital versions of the project accessible to the public. After that the work based himself in images capture from books where we can found the projects plans and introduce them in the software generating and organizing 2D and 3D models, renders included.
Draw In this page you'll find a small selection of drawings that is just a tiny part of over 400 drawings I've made along the 3 semesters of the Drawing course. You'll find human body drawings, perspectives, linear drawings and also charcoal usage.
Montarroios House Montarroios House was a group work developed in Construction Processes course, in witch a terrain with a degraded house was giving to us so that we can decide either to demolish and rebuild or to reconstruct. The purpose of this exercise was to develop new buildings methods, new strategies to green construction, water saving but above everything to learn how to put in paper with extreme detail our ideas. Basically in this course we develop a project from the initial idea, the costs, the construction organization, everything until the house is finally build. In our group case we decided to demolish and rebuild with the particularly that the main structure of the house can be transported in a small van.
House of the Sloped Roof House of the Sloped Roof was developed under the same purposes of Montaroios House but directing efforts to the house structure. This work was based in math calculations in order to know the amount of concrete, iron, and other materials need to provide this house a safe structure. We can consider this work as being more close to an engineering project than an architecture one. That doesn't mean we made less efforts, no, this house structure along with the other materials that he's made of, are capable to deal with strong earthquakes, heavy rains and even biological attacks.
History The work in these pages was developed under the course of History III, witch apart from a huge theoretical component it as a very interesting practical part. Here we incorporate an important part of architecture along with history. Our work was to completely take measurements of an historical building such as church's or houses, and take those measures to digital software in order to draw plans and all the material needed to build a complete portfolio that must also include an historical research.
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