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2015

MARK T NICOL DESIGN PORTFOLIO


PROFESSIONAL WORK

MARK T NICOL 1

FABERGÉ EGG

2 MICHAEL KORS FLAGSHIP 3 GUIYANG SUPERTOWER 4 Z3 TOWER 5 STATION SQUARE 6 NATO HEADQUARTERS 7 ADDITIONAL WORK


FEATURED ON ARCHDAILY EVOLO SUCKERPUNCH BUILDING DESIGN ONLINE NOTCOT PROTOTYPE TODAY

PHOTOGRAPHS OF FINAL PIECE


Fabergé Egg DIGITAL DESIGN AND FABRICATION FOR PUBLIC ART EXHIBIT IN LONDON

STATE LOCALE WITH POSITION PHASES ROLE

As one of just six architects amongst a field of world-class artists participating in the 2012 Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, Fourfoursixsix set forth to create a piece that dealt with architectural concepts such as light, and space, and aperture in a poetic and artistic way. I was brought on as a freelance designer to help them conceptualize and execute a •  COMPLETE 2012 daring design which pushed the •  LONDON, UK limits of parametric tools and •  FOURFOURSIXSIX tested the thresholds of digital •  FREELANCE fabrication. •  DESIGN & BUILD •  PARAMETRIC DESIGN, While most of the executed PREPARATION FOR pieces in the city wide exhibit FABRICATION were decorated shells, we sought to question the solidity of the form. We imbued the shell with depth and created a fine lattice work that allow for a transparency, and inferiority. This spatial quality set this piece apart from not only the artist in the field but the other architects as well. The final piece was well publicized in sites dedicated to both design and fabrication. It was selected by the exhibit organizers to be one of a select few pieces sold at private auction to benefit local charities.

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE FABRICATED PIECE

PHOTOGRAPHS OF FINAL INSTALLATION

DETAIL PHOTOGRAPH


DETAIL PHOTOGRAPH


FEATURED ON AWARDS AIANY 2015 FINALIST LUMEN AWARD FOR FACADE DETAIL INTERIOR DESIGN “SHINING ACHIEVEMENT” NOMINATION

PHOTOGRAPH OF FINISHED STORE


MICHAEL KORS FLAGSHIP BRAND ENHANCING DESIGN FOR THIS AMERICAN LABEL’S ENTRANCE INTO ASIA This design is the result of thorough brand analysis and establishes a new standard for Michael Kors retail presence.

STATE LOCALE WITH POSITION PHASES ROLE

Composed of delicate, textured, reflective elements, the facade panels create unique lighting and material effects at various scales taking cues from the vir•  COMPLETE 2014 tues of the brand’s fashion. The •  SHANGHAI, CH shimmering texture from afar •  KPF reveals high level of craft, del•  DESIGNER icacy, and material richness as •  SD + DD + CD + CA it is approached. This intricate, •  FACADE DESIGN, non-repeating facade pattern is VISUALIZATION, achieved through an inventive SCRIPTING, mathematical system allowing DOCUMENTATION, the 60 unique panels to be fabriFABRICATION cated efficiently. The result is a facade with a pattern that exists in the space between order and randomness. The success of this project has led Michael Kors to truly embrace the design and internalize it as part of their brand. KPF has subsequently developed a more comprehensive set of architectural guidelines allowing Michael Kors to achieve the same degree of delicacy, subtlety, and material richness given variable site constraints and variable budgets.

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DESIGN OF THE INFILL PANEL SYSTEM

PARTIAL CUTAWAY

PARTIAL CUTAWAY


DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL MOCK-UPS


DOCUMENTATION AND FABRICATION | CONTROLLING RANDOM

PHOTOGRAPH OF FINAL MOCK-UP

3 BASIC CELL TYPES + MIRRORS


6 BUILDING BLOCKS + MIRRORS

5 UNIQUE VERTICAL STACKS

6 UNIQUE PANEL TYPES


DOCUMENTATION AND FABRICATION

FABRICATION DETAILS


PHOTOGRAPH OF FINISHED PANEL

DETAIL PHOTOGRAPH


LIGHTING EFFECT AT NIGHT

NIGHT VIEW | RENDERING BY MICHAEL KLAUSMEIER


SUPERTOWER CENTRAL ATRIUM


GUIYANG SUPERTOWER & CULTURAL CENTER CURATING URBAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH LARGE SCALE, MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT For this competition the fast growing western Chinese city of Guiyang set forth to build a mixed-use development that was 1 part Rockefeller Center, 1 part Lincoln Center and 1 part Empire State Building.

STATE LOCALE WITH POSITION PHASES ROLE

In our response, the primary •  COMPETITION (2013) programmatic characteristics •  GUIYANG, CH of the development - Culture, •  KPF Civic, and Commerce - become •  DESIGNER drivers that the formation of •  COMPETITION the development. Each of these •  TOWER DESIGN, primary programmatic characSITE PLANNING, teristics become an organizing VISUALIZATION, axis, centered on the tower and DOCUMENTATION radiating out through the site. The result is that the character of the city shapes the development and in turn is reflected back by the form of the tower. Additionally, the metabolist nature of the supertower allow it to shift in its massing and a manner that responds to the mix of uses. Thus the floor plate is optimized at each level, whether the program is office, hotel, or residential.

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DESIGN OF THE SUPERTOWER

TOP OF TOWER | RESIDENCES WITH LIGHT AND VIEWS

MIDDLE OF TOWER | OPEN HOTEL COMMUNITIES

BOTTOM OF TOWER | OPTIMIZED OFFICE LAYOUT

TOP OF TOWER


TOWER SKY GARDEN


FORMATION OF THE SUPERTOWER

RESIDENTIAL

HOTEL

COMMERCIAL

IDEAL PROGRAM BLOCKS

STACKED AND ROTATED

SPECIAL PIECES AT THE BASE


VERTICAL SHIFT

FINAL TOWER FORM

AERIAL | RENDERING BY VYONYX


THREE AXES OF THE TOWER | REFLECTING THE CITY

THREE AXES | INTERIOR SPACES

CIVIC AXIS | RENDERING BY D-BOX


COMMERCE AXIS | RENDERING BY D-BOX

CULTURAL AXIS | RENDERING BY D-BOX


TOWER BREAKS APART AT THE BASE

BASE OF SUPERTALL FROM RIVER | RENDERING BY ATCHAIN


BASE OF SUPERTALL FROM CULTURAL AXIS | RENDERING BY ATCHAIN


TOWER DURING FESTIVAL | RENDERING BY VISUAL HOUSE


Z3 TOWER A SIMPLE MASSING WITH AN EXQUISITELY ARTICULATED TEXTURED FACADE Located at the gateway to Beijing’s new Central Business District, Z3 will be distinguished by it’s clarity. It’s simple chamfered massing and richly textured facade offer a marked contrast to much of the development in China today which often favors opulent form over architectural refinement. STATE LOCALE WITH POSITION PHASES ROLE

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IN DEVELOPMENT BEIJING, CHINA KPF DESIGNER SD , DD, CD TOWER FACADE, PRIMARY PUBLIC SPACES, MAIN ENTRY CANOPY

The facade system in developement advances KPF’s long history of designing and building richly articulated, technically advanced facade systems. Instead of a flat facade wrapping a form, we’ve developed a deep shingled wall with tapered aluminum fins. A shingled wall with this depth has never before been built, and as such is testing the limits of advanced curtain wall design. At the tower’s base the shingled wall peels away creating integral canopies and revealing the refined lobby spaces within. The formal language of carving and texture finds it’s way into the interior with bold forms and subtle material treatments.

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FACADE SYSTEM WITH DEPTH AND TEXTURE

SHINGLED WALL CUTAWAY


SHINGLED WALL SECTION


CANOPY PEELING AWAY FROM FACADE

MAIN ENTRY CANOPY


MAIN CANOPY SECTION


INTERIOR PUBLIC SEQUENCE

MAIN LOBBY SPACE


FEATURE WALL

LIFT LOBBY


EXPERIENCE AT THE TOP OF TOWER


Station Square A NEW MODEL FOR HOUSING IN SUBURBAN VANCOUVER

STATE LOCALE WITH POSITION PHASES ROLE

Like many coastal North American cities, Vancouver is experiencing a major building boom. It’s unique position as one of the densest cities in North America while still being proximate to genuine natural wonders results in new models for urban dwelling. This residential tower, located in the immediate satellite suburb of Burnaby provides •  IN DESIGN generous outdoor space for ev•  BURNABY, CA ery unit while seriously densify•  KPF ing its surroundings. •  DESIGNER •  CONCEPT - SD The genesis of the design was a •  TOWER DESIGN, study of the scale of the traPODIUM DESIGN, ditional suburban bungalows SITE PLANNING, which can be found mere blocks VISUALIZATION from the development. Keeping the mass constant the block was pushed and pulled to create a “package” which could be stacked in a metabolist fashion into this dramatic stepping tower. The stepping form is expressed again at the podium with a richer, solidified material palette.

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FORMATION OF THE RESIDENTIAL TOWER

TYPICAL LOCAL HOUSING

SAME MASS, STRETCHED

REGULAR FLOORPLATE

SHIFTED EXPRESSION

STEPPING FORM AT BASE OF TOWER

STACKED UNITS

STEPPED TOWER FORM


CONTROLLED AND ORDERED

TOWER FACADE CHARACTER

LOOSE & PLAYFUL


EXPERIENCE OF THE RESIDENTIAL TOWER

CORNER BALCONIES & FRAME

PLAYFUL FACADE EXPRESSION


RICH MATERIAL EXPRESSION SEEN FROM STREET


EXPERIENCE OF THE RETAIL PODIUM

CORNER ANCHOR RETAIL (BELOW) | STREET FRONT BOUTIQUE RETAIL (ABOVE)


STEPPING SOLID FORMS AT TOWER BASE


FEATURED ON ARCHINECT THE GUARDIAN CNN.COM BUILDING DESIGN ONLINE INTERIORS AND SOURCES

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NATO HEADQUARTERS A NEW HOME FOR THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL ALLIANCE Envisioned as two hands coming together in a sign of unity, this new headquarters will house an alliance made up of 28 member nations and 19 partner nations in a fortress of glass that is over 250,000 square meters - nearly the size of the Pentagon. While only 7 stories, it’s scale by all other measures is staggering. STATE •  IN CONSTRUCTION LOCALE WITH POSITION PHASES ROLE

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BELGIUM, BE SOM JUNIOR DESIGNER DD + CD ROOF DESIGN, FACADES, VISUALIZATION, DOCUMENTATION

On a project with design criteria including embassy level security, modern flexible office space, a comprehensive conference center, common amenity space the team was vast and evolving. Yet I managed to remain an integral team member from the beginning of Design Development through the completion of Construction Documents. My focus on this years long effort was all of the roof systems and select, atypical facade systems. Working with talented technical architects, I learned a remarkable amount about what it takes to realize a project of this magnitude and complexity.

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ROOF DESIGN AND DETAILS

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DETAIL AT GUTTER + HATCH

DETAIL AT EDGE


CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

VARIOUS ROOF AND CANOPY SYSTEMS


OVERALL VIEWS


Additional work PROFESSIONAL


ACADEMIC + RESEARCH

MARK T NICOL 1

IN CHARYBDIS

2 FORCES & ATTRACTION 3 TRIBECA HOTEL + RESIDENCES 4 MORPHOLOGIC DISPLAY 5 CLOUD CULTURE 6 ADDITIONAL WORK


HONORABLE MENTION EVOLO SKYSCRAPER COMPETITION

FEATURED ON SUCKERPUNCH EVOLO : SKYSCRAPERS 2

WITH CRITIC YEAR GROUP

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PENNDESIGN CECIL BALMOND 2012 NAM IL JOE & LAURA LO

IN CHARYBDIS

UNDERSEA RESEARCH CENTER


FLUID DYNAMICS

INTERACTIVE AGENTS

STRAND COHESION

CONNECTIONS TO STRANDS

MATERIAL EXPERIMENTS


NEAR SURFACE RESEARCH PODS


0M

-100 M

-200 M

SECTION OF EXTRUDED PLASTIC STRANDS -300 M


WITH CRITIC YEAR

•  PRATT INSTITUTE •  THEO CALVIN •  2010

FORCE AND ATTRACTION

MAPPING THE SPACE OF INTERACTION


WITH CRITIC YEAR

•  PENNDESIGN •  HINA JAMELLE •  2010

TRIBECA hotel + residences EXPERIMENT IN TOPOLOGY


FRONT FACE | TRANSFORMED CELLS

BACK FACE | REGULAR TRIANGULAR CELLS

WITH CRITIC YEAR

•  PENNDESIGN •  FERDA KOLATAN •  2012

MORPHOLOGIC DISPLAY VARIABLE BRICK WALL


BLENDED MORPHOLOGIC TRANSFORMATION


JedLab I’m at the w-burg wfront - you should be here! @magham73

imwitit check out photos of me backstage at the #poolparties hell yes http://twitpic.com/8uag4fg

funkdesign sunglasses on my face and beer in my hand. so excited to be at the #williamsburg #waterfront

zherman got and extra ticket for the #jellypoolparty. who wants to join me?

WITH •  INDEPENDENT YEAR •  2010 PARTNER •  DAVID MULDER

Cloud Culture

RESPONSIVE SOCIAL ARCHITECTURE


SITE PLAN | DYNAMICALLY REFLECTS SOCIAL NETWORK

ELEVATIONS OF RESPONSIVE CANOPY


AERIAL VIEW FULLY EXPANDED SITE

CANOPY RESPONDS TO THE MOOD OF THE CROWD


Additional work ACADEMIC + RESEARCH


CONTACT

MARK T NICOL 59 PINEAPPLE STREET | 6L BROOKLYN | NY | 11201 MARK.T.NICOL@GMAIL.COM 847.910.2379

Mark T Nicol, Portfolio 2015  
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