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CURRICULUM VITAE | maja ewa nowak

| personal information name address phone e-mail date of birth

Maja Ewa Nowak ul. Małopolska 9/6 70-514 Szczecin , Poland +48 503 63 65 66 maja.ewa.nowak@gmail.com 12.09.1990

| work experience

july 2012 Summer internship for students ORDO PROJEKT S.C. Szczecin Preliminary design of commercial and residential spaces june 2011 Summer internship for students WALAS Sp. z o.o. Wrocław Analysis and study of project area

|education

september 2013 - present

Master of Architecture and Town Planning Wrocław University of Technology , Poland Architectural and Urban design

october 2009 - january 2013 september 2011 - july 2012

Bachelor of Architecture Wrocław University of Technology, Poland Architectural and Urban design Faculty of Architecture CEU San Pablo University, Madrid , Spain Architectural and Urban design LPP Erasmus exchange programme

|language skills English Spanish German

understanding speaking writing B2 C1 C1 C1 B2 B2 A2 A1 A2

| about me

|personal skills

Technical skills

Computer skills advanced use of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Power Point), Autodesk AutoCad (2D/3D), Archicad Graphi- soft good command of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Ilustrator), SketchUp basic skills of Autodesk Revit, Autodesk 3D Studio Driving licence

freehand drawing, sketching, paining photography model making

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|additional information Achievements Scholarships Workshops

A -graded diploma, Wrocław University of Technology, 2013 one year LLP Erasmus exchange scholarship, CEU San Pablo University, 2011 Rector Scholarship for Great Academic Achievements, Wrocław University of Technology, 2010-12 member of Students Organization SUS_A Sustainable Architecture , 2012 urban renovation of garages in the old city center of Wrocław, urban action, 2012 participation in a students competition for Camelot reaserch center, 2013, archmedium.com participation in a students comepetition for urban theater campus in NY, 2011, archmedium.com workshop Arch4All, architecture in a context of disability, 2011, arch4all.pwr.wroc.pl

Area of interest sustainable architecture, urban social design contemporary art fitness and wellness, work experience as a sport instructor culture of spanish-speaking countries

I am a communicative and easy-going person. I believe that one learns throughout life thats why I am open to new experiences and projects. Designing, I look for unusual but clever answers. I like team working - it gives the opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge. I can work in any field, I am well organized, responsible and open-minded.


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PORTAL HOTEL | Business accomodation Wrocław, Poland.

LA ALHAMBRA | Interpretation Center Granada, Spain.

YOUTH HOSTAL | City shelter for 100 people, Wrocław, Poland.

LIVING ON THE WATER | Housing unit on a dike, Wrocław, Poland.

YOUNG ARTISTS CENTER | Bsc Project Urban concept under the elevated crossroad, Szczecin, Poland.

ART WORKS|


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PORTAL HOTEL | Business accommodation Wrocław, Poland.

The task was to design a mid-sized hotel with a minimum of a four star standard in the center of the old town. As the site of the project was a small plot in the center of the city, it had to be decided on the selection of additional functions that will be included in such a complex theme like a hotel design. Therefore, it was given the business profile designing possible to rent office spaces and a small spa and wellnes center. Wrocław University of Technology, fourth-year project


Location | Wrocław University The portal hotel is located in the near neighbourhood of Wrocław University. A plot is almost triangular and contacts the blank wall of existing apartment houses. The main building of the university is a baroque architecture with an impressive portal. One of the contitions of the project was to expone the main portal by preserve the view axis.


Idea | Function The form of the hotel is very simple not to compete with the university architecture and was designed as a result of extraction of a shape of the plot.

SPA & wellness hotel rooms business center

The entrance zone was created bu substracting the portal view axis and an interior patio. To make the form more interesting and visible from the riverside the restaurant storey was protruded.

restaurant

entrance zone

function scheme

form evolution


ground floor plan

patio form


Interior patio The need ates the

of preserving the view axis creentrance zone for the hotel.

The form of a patio is changing to obtain more light inside the hotel and more space in the upper part.


first floor plan

SPA & wellness floor plan

second floor plan

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LA ALHAMBRA | Interpretation Center Granada, Spain.

“Everything here appears calculated to inspire kind and happy feelings, for everything is delicate and beautiful. The very light falls tenderly from above, through the lantern of a dome tinted and wrought as if by fairy hands.� Washington Irving, Tales of the Alhambra The project was divided into three main parts called: point, line and plan and a pre-part that was the investigation and perceptive experimentation of place. The first excercise was to choose a strategic point location for a viewer, then to insert an artificial way from this place to the heart of Alhambra and finally to design the interpretation center inside. CEU San Pablo University, third-year project


Idea | Organization The idea of the Center of Interpratation was inspired by the structure of Alhambra walls and defense towers. The units of the designed project are connected with the same rules.


Relationship with the Alhambra | Entrance All the units of the center were arranged in the entrance zone of tha Alhambra to take advantage of the possibility to introduce the visitor in the story of the fortaleza roja. The are a lot of different paths to follow due to diverse needs of customers, but the main direction is indicated by water - the most subtle element of the Alhabra.


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YOUTH HOSTAL | City shelter for 100 people, Wrocław, Poland.

Hostal is not equal to hotel. The most important principle in here is to share. The main task of the project was to create a shelter in the exact centre of the city for al least 100 people. It was necessary to design a building in an infill location what was one of the problem. The aim was to make the building a part of an urban fabric and at the same time to become intriguing and inviting tourist. Designed space is dedicated to the youthul spirit, who at any time of day or night could find here a bit of space for themself. Wrocław Univerity of Technology, 2nd year project.


Location | City Centre Project is located directly in the centre of Wrocław.The location was selected by the idea of filling the empty spaces in an urban fabric. Its main advantage is the proximity of the railway and bus stations. The disigned buiding closes the nort-eastern frontage of the quarter by Stawowa street. Hostel opens to the green inner couryard which was created in answer of the need of green space in the centre. The project contain the underground parking for 50 cars.


Idea | Form | Function The idea is to close the missing space of frontage of the Stawowa street. As the plot is very narrow it exacts the transversal divisions of exacts same lenght that the high of the storey. That created cubes vere moved relatively to each other to create the play of lights and shadows on the elevation.

sleeping shared space green patio dormitories common space

function scheme

form creation


ground floor


Green patio The inner five-storey high patio with the main representative staircase links all the hostal. The free growing tree is the central part of the space dominates the inside of the project. It can be seen from all over the building and creates an orientation point.

cross section through the patio

main facade

As the climat conditions are not very kind in Poland this green patio gives the opportunity to be close to nature without going outside.


dormitory floor

shared sleeping space floor


Green roof | sleeping modules The last storey is composed of sharing sleeping space and a green roof. The sharing sleeping space is completed with dormitory modules which gives the opportunity to free arrangement of the interior. They can be used either inside of outside the hostel. Moving them outside on the green roof creates an idea of a camping in the middle of the city centre.

inner facade

shared sleeping modules


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LIVING ON THE WATER | Housing unit on a dike, Wrocław, Poland.

What is a house? What kind of function do we need? Is this possible to live wherever? The aim of this project was to find the answer to that simple questions and to create an funcional housing unit for one person or a couple placed on a dike on the Oder river. The most important issue was to define all the functions human being need to live and their relationships with the surrounding, water in this case. The project was presented on eight panels 70cmx70cm, in a total dimension of 140cmx280cm in a scale 1:20. Wrocław Univerity of Technology, 1st year project.


Location | Oder Project is located on a stoned dike between Warsaw Bridge and a railway crossing the river. The dike is about 2 meters wide and it high depends on the level of water. It is and extension of the natural separation of the two riverbeds. The entrance to the dike is possible from the Warszawski Bridge by the staircase and from the south from the Oder bank.


sleep bath eat stairs live work

function scheme

Idea | Function Any necessary home function was limited to one cube and planted in the stoned dike in the correct order so as to establish the principle of the areas more or less private. Then every zone was moved due to to the need for access to sunlight - living space is open to the southwest and te sleeping space is closed to the south but open to the north-east. In order not to restrict the passage on the surface of the dike entrance was organized with the enclosed to the side staircase.


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north facade

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floor plan

south facade

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YOUNG ARTISTS CENTER | Urban concept under the elevated crossroad, Szczecin, Poland.

The aim of the project was to find design solutions that enrich formally and operationally important and prominent place at the crossing of King Chrobry’s Terrace and the Szczecin Old Town, which is currently dominated by the elements of the communication infrastructure. After a deep analysis of the space development proposes a new concept of development of public space enclosing the rearrangement of streets and parking lots and the concept of the Centre Young Artists - a dynamic complex of creative people willing to act and share their passion with the city. Wrocław University of Technology, BSc Diploma Project


Location | In between space Project is located directly beneath the elevated road called Caste’s Route, in the exact center of the city, on the eastern edge of the left bank of Szczecin. The route is one of the four roads connecting the center with the right bank of the Szczecin. and also with the rest of Poland. From the bridge spread characteristic panorama view of Szczecin, the most beautiful and incomparable experience of entering into the city. Castle route is a clear extension of the Szczecin compositional spine called Golded Axis along which runs Golden Route, traditional pedestrian route of Szczecin and the most interesting tourist track. To the northeast of the Castle Route there is the King’s Chrobry Terrace with a National Museum and the Naval Academy. The King’s Chrobry Terrace is a beautiful green embankment of about 500 m lenght along the Oder, which offers a beautiful view of the river, where the skyline is decorated with shipyard cranes. To the southwest is the Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes, Renaissance building situated on the hill. It is the historical home of the Griffin family, the rulers of the Duchy of Pomerania. Foot of the caste and at the same time in the immediate vicinity of the project area there is located the main square of reconstructed Old Town - Sienna market on which stands the Old Town Hall. The place is frequently visited by locals and tourists becouse of the great number of bars and restaurants.


project area current status

Crossing | No life area As the area of interes is located on the intersection of extensions of so many important routes it should create the continuity. The idea was to connect all those ways and to arrange the node space, that now is strongly dominated by transport infrastructure as elevated road columns and parking lots.

linking scheme


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border of the area of project

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central square new landscaping elements resulting from the planned investments

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entrance to the Youth Artist Center entrance to the pavilion haxagonal pavilion foot&bike path ramp seat made of osb panels gravel water reservoir green area tree

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bicycle parking waste disposal site public transportation stop spot heights

plan

Grid fluency The use of hexagonal grid created the opportunity to introduce modular units , that form a youth artist center. The space between them is following the direction of extensions of the exisiting routes. To obtain fluency the regular grid was streched, that allowed desinging diverse routes and areas.

main square plan

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Hexagonal pavilion | Structure The Youth Art Center pavilion was created od the hexagonal plan. The grid is repited in the structure and elevation. The structure is made of prefabricated panels of OSB and cellulose insulation. and covered by hexagonal cladding OSB plates. By adding new panels bigger or smaller pavilions can be constructed. It allows to create diverse spaces of The Youth Art Center. Every pavilion is connected to the ground and to the elevated road by tie rods. Result of this combination the pavilion remains stable above ground level.


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ART WORKS |

If architecture had nothing to do with art, it would be astonishingly easy to build houses, but the architect’s task - his most difficult task - is always that of selecting. Arne Jacobsen


Abstract interpretation of cubes


Invisible Cities, Isaura


Human body


maja.ewa.nowak@gmail.com a

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architecture student portfolio selected works 2010-2013