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Fabrica de Cultura da Luz_16
Fabrica de Cultura da Luz_16
Wax Lake Delta_sedimentation
AADRL Master Research Architectural Association 2011-2012 London, UK in collaboration with: Jose Cadilhe, Michail Desyllas and Salih Topal Tutors: Alisa Andrasek / Jose Sanchez Species enhancement_birds, fish and bivalves_biorock growth
This research investigated the potentials of architecture as a complex living organism constantly negotiating with nature. Based in an estuary, it explored the constantly changing dynamics of its environment such as the water flow and sedimentation. Through agent-based systems, data from the scenario informs the growth of the structure in a bottom up approach. In a first moment the
position of the anchoring points is determined, then evolves into the structure. Under the water, the grass field structure is responsible for the redistribution of water forces, sedimentation enhancement and fish farming. Above the water only a small percentage of the system is developed for human use. The â€œinhabitableâ€? spaces are artificial topographies that can evolve programmatically, thus enabling different uses or events. From a visiting platform it can evolve to research or educational centres or ultimately, housing.
Water flow analysis
Structures impact in the water_water flow and sedimentation
Agents rules_anchoring points definition
Agents highlighting different potentials in the site Grass Field_Oyster Farming_Inhabitable Spaces Inhabitable Space
Oyster Farming Grass Field structure
Oyster Farming structure
Zoom of the Prototype
Structures impact in the water flow
In order to answer the non-linear dynamics of the river, a series of experiments were done with metal structures. Just like in the mangroves, the models explored collective behaviour and redundancy. The articulation of metal fibres was done through weaving, entanglement and rotation to achieve a system with no need of a mechanical fix joint.
Resistance increased by entanglement
Metal fibres structure
Foam catalogue_pipes with different patterns of holes releasing foam
Expandable foam was explored as a material that can present very interesting opportunities to design. Apart from its well know characteristics such as lightweight, resilience, insulation and flexibility, foam has an extraordinary ability to self-organize and to emphasize its flow pattern. Many study models were done to catalogue foam behaviours when released through fibres (pipes with holes) allowing an emergent process to happen.
1:1 sweating pipes model
Foam as a translucent material 5
Sweating system_expandable foam with pipes
Enclosed space definition
250 cm 250 cm
Slab system_expandable foam and fabric
Foam cushion placement
Anchoring slab structure
Anchoring System 6
AADRL Workshop II Architectural Association 2010 London, UK in collaboration with: Jose Cadilhe, Michail Desyllas and Salih Topal Tutor: Theodore Spyropoulos
Structure generations Generation I_a
This workshop was developed using Maya Hair Dynamics firstly exploring a 2d universe that later on evolved into a 3d environment searching for different configurations of line. Rings on faces of simple volumes such as a cube or a pyramid were used as a way to determine points in space that afterwards would be connected with lines according to specific rules. The images in the right were generated with this logic. Later on, this system evolved even more using the Weaire-Phelan structure (composed by dodecahedron and tetradecahedron assemblies) to define a structure that could grow in different directions. The systems created had a big differentiation in the nodes with a variety of configurations. In response, the Soft Joints were created, capable of responding to different organisations and force distributions avoiding standard fix joints.
Generation I_node analysis
Generative process _linear organisation Weaire-Phelan structure and rules to define structure
Soft Joints generation
Plus Minimal AADRL Workshop I Architectural Association 2010 London, UK in collaboration with: Jose Cadilhe, Michail Desyllas and Salih Topal Tutor: Theodore Spyropoulos
Plus Minimal combined casting systems with minimal
properties, flow patterns, manufacturing and structure. The main challenge was to find the best combination of stitching pattern and fabric elasticity to allow a homogeneous casting system. 3d software such as Maya and Rhino were used to test and simulate dynamics and to assist in the physical experimentations. The goal was to fill a structure with the minimum amount of pouring points possible using only gravity. The result was a unique radial flow distribution only possible by a minimal surface initial configuration.
Minimal surface experiment with lycra
Articulation between digital and physical experiments
Testing flow redistribution zone
Tripod wood frame
Lower part casted
Stitching pattern and flow distribution
radial pattern redistribution zone pouring point 15
Fabrica de Cultura da Luz
PERSPECTIVA CAFÉ E BIBLIOTECA PAVIMENTOS ATIRANTADOS
Undergraduate Final Year Project Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie 2009 São Paulo, Brazil
GRELHA ESTRUTURAL DA COBERTUTA. TRELIÇAS TRANSVERSAIS
ESTUDOS DE COBERTURAS
Study models of the cantilever roof openings _ relation museum and the city
MAQUETES DE ESTUDO
Tutor: Guilherme Motta TRELIÇAS
Study sketches of the cantilever roof In this project, the boundary between interior APOIADAS NAS CAIXAS DE ESQUEMA DOS PAVIMENTOS - USOS E ACESSOS CIRCULAÇÃO VERTICAL.
and exterior is broken by a great cantilevered RESPONSÁVEIS structure that articulates TIRANTES different spacesPOR in a
ATIRANTAR A TRELIÇA LON-
PERSPECTIVA ESCADA DE ACESSOPAVIMENTOS AO 1° PAVIMENTO E SUA CAFÉ E BIBLIOTECA ATIRANTADOS RELAÇÃO COM A GRANDE COBERTURA
O 1° E 2° PAVIdialog with the city. LocatedGITUDINAL in an important zone MENTO
vertical circulation restrict access – employees restrict access – authorized people PERSPECTIVA NOTURNAS emergency exit access to the public
of São Paulo, now degraded, but historically PILARES DE CONCRETO NA PERIFERIADO EDIFÍCIO
recognised by its arts and fashion activities, this cultural centre brings back to the area some of the values and traditions lost. Ultimately it acts GRELHA ESTRUTURAL DA COBERTUTA.
as a catalyst for an urbanTRANSVERSAIS reinvigoration of the
“Parque da Luz” and surroundings.
cover school museum administration auditorium library restaurant / bar circulation PERSPECTIVA service CAFÉ E BIBLIOTECA PAVIMENTOS ATIRANTADOS public circulation groung floor parking lot
The cantilever roof projects a missing pedestrian walkway that connects the closest tube station TRELIÇAS
APOIADASthe NAS circulation. CAIXAS DE to a park, therefore redistributing CIRCULAÇÃO VERTICAL.
IMPLANTAÇÃO COM TÉRREO esc. 1/1000
The cantilevered metal structure containing the TIRANTES RESPONSÁVEIS POR
museum gives the visitors the opportunity ATIRANTAR A TRELIÇA LON- to
PERSPECTIVA ESCADA INTERNA DE DOACESSO MUSEU. AO 1° PAVIMENTO E SUA PERSPECTIVA ABERTURAS DA COBERTURA PERMITEM UMA PERMEABILDADE RELAÇÃO COM A GRANDE COBERTURA VISUAL ENTRE INTERIOR E EXTERIOR.
GITUDINAL O 1° E 2° PAVI-
have a direct contact with the outside space, MENTO GRELHA ESTRUTURAL DA COBERTUTA. TRELIÇAS TRANSVERSAIS
DE CONCRETO NA whilst at the same time PILARES allowing pedestrians PERIFERIADO EDIFÍCIO
passing by to see part of the exhibition. The TRELIÇAS LONGITUDINAIS APOIADAS NAS CAIXAS DE CIRCULAÇÃO VERTICAL.
most demanding challenge in this project was the structure itself, where the big cantilever, TIRANTES RESPONSÁVEIS POR ATIRANTAR A TRELIÇA LONGITUDINAL O 1° E 2° PAVIMENTO
PERSPECTIVA ESCADA DE ACESSO AO 1° PAVIMENTO E SUA RELAÇÃO COM A GRANDE COBERTURA
supported by a metal truss frame, was also PILARES DE CONCRETO NA PERIFERIADO EDIFÍCIO
responsible for sustaining the storeys below it. ESQUEMA ESTRUTURAL
Composition sketches of museum openings
Detail section Articulation between concrete and metal structure
transversal metal truss frame cantilever structure_museum
longitudinal metal truss frame
higth tension cable structure
Study models Relation between truss frame and museum 19
Site Plan Sketch
Erasmus programme FAUP 2006 Oporto, Portugal
This project operates in two scales. In a first moment, the surrounding areas of the “Casa
office opened street
da Música” by architect Rem Koolhaas were
commerce collective housing
considered, especially the area between the “Casa da Música” tube station by architect Eduardo Souto de Moura and the music centre itself.
contact were the key ingredients to the project that consists of multiple mixed use buildings: collective housing, office, commercial and public space. Moreover, the magnitude of the proposed development required new streets to be opened
Casa da Música, Rem Koolhaas
to enhance the access and circulation by both pedestrians and vehicles. In a second moment and changing the scale, a collective housing building was selected for further development and detailing. Several types of organisations and flat distributions were tested until finally reaching a fine level of constructive details and material research. Casa da Música tube station, Eduardo Souto de Moura
Sketch Section BB 20
Sketch Section AA
Typical residential Plan
Typical Section Detail 1
Bloom Bloom - the Game 2012 London, UK
The interactive pavilions were commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of the â€œIncredible Installationsâ€? programme for London during the Olympic and Paralympic games. They were allocated initially in Victoria Park and the UCL main quad and after migrated to the Cutty Sark. Bloom was built out of thousands of recyclable plastic components creating an urban garden, a social game. Together with a team of designers, we created structures, spaces and benches that could be appropriated by people. Spare pieces were available so the visitors could interact with the installation assembling they own structures.
The result is an urban toy constantly negotiating with its surrounding.
material behaviour_flexibility and resilience
UCL main quad
1-Garage 2-Store 3-Basement
4-Toilet 5-Kitchen 6-Access
2005-2006 S達o Paulo, Brazil
The PA Atelier was aimed as an environment of multiple and flexible use comprised initially of
a ceramic workshop, store and pottery school. The client wanted a very bright space with open
plan and the minimum amount of divisions. The development was split up in two blocks divided and at the same time connected by a small garden. The front block has the store and office whereas the back one provides the space for the ceramic studio and its working areas. The blocks are physically connected by a small footbridge in the first level which highlights the interesting
game of volumes between both buildings. The steel structure not just guaranteed a faster construction but also created an interesting connection between the roughness of the pottery and a more high-tech design. The option of white as a background works as a discreet scenario allowing the ceramic pieces and sculptures to emerge as the protagonists of the space.
Award: PA atelier was selected to participate in the Seventh International Architecture Biennal of S達o Paulo, 2007. 26
7-Stairs 8-Kiln area 9-Jewellery atelier
10-Ceramic workshop 13-Reception 11-Ceramic workshop 14-Office 12-Garden 15-Footbridge
16-Mezzanine 17-Music studio
Jewellery Julia Almeida Jewellery 2007-today São Paulo, Brazil / London, UK
As an Architect, my endeavor towards design, materiality, manufacturing and details made me start quite early working in parallel with jewellery. The engagement with it took place initially in my home country where the fundamental techniques were acquired through apprenticeships that eventually culminated into a solid formation in Portugal, my second homeland. My work generally incorporates architecture features
exploring material properties. The uniqueness of each piece is achieved by different
of finishing such as textures and patterns. The introduction of gold in my pieces was done through a technique called “Marriage of Metals” that merges silver and gold, highlighting the contrast between them.
The opportunity of taking the master Design Research
Association, London, put me in contact with new design and manufacturing technologies. Materials previously worked such as silver and gold were temporarily put aside. Through avantgarde processes, contemporary materials such as MDF, walnut wood and acrylic were explored. A recent trip to Milos, Greece, greatly inspired me by its beautiful natural rock formations. The horizontal patterns of layers found in the rocks are key aspects of this collection as well as the overlapping of colors.
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Published on Sep 23, 2012
Julia Almeida is a Brazilian Architectural Assistant living in London. She recently finished the Master in Architecture & Urbanism programme...