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MOHAMED H. ELGENDY www.hasarchitecture.com Architect / Visual Artist 1st of June 1992 Egyptian Shanghai, China +86 18201753935 mo.hassan.elgendy@gmail.com


CURRICULUM VITAE INFO

INDIVIDUAL ACHIVEMENTS

Egyptian architect born in 1992 graduated in 2014 with double architecture degrees from Greenwich university, UK and MSA University, Egypt.

1st prize at Utica Junction pavilion competition, Michigan, US. 2017 1st Prize at Cyprus lighthouse competition, Paphos, Cyprus. 2018 2nd Prize at North Design Union headquarter competition, Tianjin, China. 2019 2nd Prize at 16th La Biennale di Venezia Egyptian pavilion competition. 2017 2nd Prize at SBE 16 Cairo competition. 2016 3rd Prize at Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art competition. Sharjah, UAE 2019 4th Prize at Reviving NPAK Competition, Yerevan, Armeni. 2019 Honorable Prize at school in the Marshes competition, Iraq. 2018 Honorable Prize at Hope Dental Center competition, Kigali, Rwanda. 2020 Finalist at Observatory Houses Competition, Italy. 2017 Finalist at Baghdad design center competition, Iraq. 2018

At early career started working at Community Design Collaborative studio in Cairo, Egypt under direct mentoring from Aga khan prize winner Professor Abdelhalim Ibrahim. Currently living and working in Shanghai, China as a senior architect at Stefano Boeri architetti taking a major design roles in various architectural and urban scale projects. I have won multiple architecture competitions as an individual or as a part of a small team most notably is a first prize at designing a cultural plaza in Michigan, US. And a first prize at Cyprus lighthouse design competition, both competitions are planned to be constructed. The work was recognized by a lot of well known architecture oriented websites, most notably is Archdaily. In addition to the architecture practice I’m very skillful with the visual art and renderings as my work was recognized in many visualization and digital art websites. as i belive that the visual story-telling is a vital part of architecture concept design. Overall I have worked on over 100 professional project since starting my architecture career at 2014 as a junior architect in Cairo till currently as senior architect in Shanghai/ Milano, each of this projects are very varying in the scale and the character from a small product design to a regional masterplan. EDUCATION

Double Degree B. SC. school of Architecture, Greenwich university, Uk and MSA University, Cairo, Egypt. 2014

SKILLS

An excellence of using most of the 2D, 3D and rendering softwares.. 3Ds Max, Autocad, Rihno, Photoshop, After Effects, Corona and Vray render engine LANGUAGE

Arabic is the mother tongue. Fluent in English with an ILETS score of 7.5, and have some basic knowledge in Italina and Mandarin Chinese

PUBLICATIONS

ARCHDAILY - Community, History and Art Collide in Illuminating Michigan Pavilion DESIGNBOOM - Public void fosters interaction in has architecture’s proposal for the north design union in China

WORKING EXPERIENCE

CDC

Stefano Boeri Architetti

Cairo, Egypt 2014 - 2017

Shanghai, China 2018 - Current

Daipu Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects

Beijing, China 2017 - 2018

Tokyo, Japan 2020 (Freelance)


INTERACTIVE VOID North Design Union Headquarter Tianjin, China 2019 2nd Prize

UPSIDE DOWN Reviving NPAK Yerevan, Armenia 2019 4th Prize

COMMUNITY TERRACE The Pavilion at Utica Junction Michigan, USA 2017 1st Prize

COMMON LIGHTS Congress Center Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2020 To Be Announced

SAQIFAH Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art Sharjah, UAE ​2019 3rd Prize

FAR Os Cyprus Lighthouse Paphos, Cyprus 2018 1st Prize

HEALING TERRACES Hope Dental Center Kigali, Rwanda 2020 Honorable Prize


WATERMARKS 17th La Biennale Di Venezia Venice, Italy 2019 Runner up

DISCLOSED HERITAGE School in the Marshes Marshes, Iraq 2018 Honorable Prize

DOKDO REFLECTION Yisabu Dokdo Memorial Park Samcheok, South Korea 2017

BILLOW Baghdad Design Center Baghdad, Iraq 2018 Finalist

WRITTEN National Museum of World Writing Songdo, Korea 2017

INSIDE THE BOX Isola Pepe Verde’s playground Milan, Italy 2018

A CITY WITHIN A PARK Aviapolis Urban Blocks Vantaa, Finland 2017 Shortlisted


INTERACTIVE VOID North Design Union Headquarter Tianjin, China 2019

THE DESIGN FOR THE NEW GENERAL HEADQUARTERS ASPIRES TO CREATE A BUILDING THAT IS ADAPTABLE, INTERACTIVE, AND ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYBODY. THE PRINCIPAL ACT IS TO ELEVATE A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF THE PROGRAM WHILE LOWER THE OTHER PART. BY DOING SO A PUBLIC VOID IS CREATED WITHIN AND UNDERNEATH THE STRUCTURE. AS SUCH THE VOID FUNDAMENTALLY BECOMES PART OF THE BUILDING, CREATING AN INFORMAL CULTURAL PLAZA WITHIN THE FORMAL BOUNDARY OF THE BUILDING WHICH PROVIDES A NEW SENSE OF DYNAMIC INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE YOUNG WORKFORCE WITHIN THE DESIGN COMMUNITY.

TYPE

COLLABORATION

Competition Architecture Design

Individual

ORGANIZER

2nd Prize 2019


INSIDE

OUTSIDE

INSIDE-OUT

WORK

INTERACT

INTEGRATION


ABOVE

GROUND

ENTRY

THE PROJECT PROGRAM IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR MAIN FLOORS EACH CONTAINS DIFFERENT FUNCTION. THE FLOATING FLOOR ABOVE THE GROUND LEVEL IS THE ONLY VOLUME VISIBLE THROUGH THE CITY WHICH CREATES A CULTURAL LANDMARK IN THE AREA AND IT FUNCTION AS AN EXHIBITIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL FLOOR. WHILE THE LOWER VOLUME CONTAINS THREE LEVELS THE FIRST ONE IS FOR RESEARCH, THE SECOND CONTAINS WORKING SPACES, AND THE LOWEST IS AN OPEN FLOOR CONNECTED DIRECTLY WITH THE CULTURE PLAZA AND THIS ONE IS A FREE LEVEL OF INTERACTION, RELAXING, AND EXERCISING, WHICH COULD BE ACCESSIBLE BY THE PUBLIC. IN THE SAME TIME ALL THE INTERIOR SPACES INSIDE THE DIFFERENT LEVELS ARE FLEXIBLE AND INTERCONNECTED THROUGH A SIMPLE OPEN PLAN THAT IS HUMAN-ORIENTED WHICH COULD CREATE OPEN AND FREEDOM MODERN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS CAPABLE OF COPING WITH THE UNION FUTURE EVOLUTION OF INSTANT INFORMATION SPREAD, STRONG INTERACTION, AND ENHANCING INNOVATION AMONG THE YOUNG TALENTS. A DYNAMIC RAMP CONNECTS THE INTERIOR SPACES IN DIFFERENT LEVELS WITH EACH OTHER AS IT PROVIDES A DIRECT CONNECTION WITH THE CULTURAL PLAZA CREATING A SPECIAL INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE BETWEEN PEOPLE WORKING INSIDE AND THE OUTER COMMUNITY THROUGH A TRANSPARENT GLASS FACADE.

WORKING

“The concept proposes a good interactivity between spaces, users and nature, in a simplified envelop with a cost effective solution. It allows relaxed circulation with a multitude of landscaped ramps.” Nadim Karam Competition Jury

FREE


CHENTANG BUSINESS DISTRICT WILL BE SURROUNDED BY TWO SUBSTANTIAL NATURAL FORCES TIANJIN GREEN URBAN PARK FROM THE NORTH AND THE PLANNED URBAN LANDSCAPE BELT FROM THE WEST WHICH CREATES AN ENORMOUS PEDESTRIAN DESTINATION AND CONNECTION THROUGH THE DISTRICT, AND OUR PROJECT SITE IS IN THE CROSSROAD BETWEEN THESE TWO BELTS, AS SUCH THE PROPOSAL IS AIMING TO EMPHASIZE THESE FORCES BY MAKING THE PARK PATHWAYS GRADUALLY LEAD TO THE ENTRY RAMP THAT CONNECTS OUR PROJECT PARTS TOGETHER, AS SUCH MAKING THE DESIGNED VOID OF INTERACTION A PART OF THE GREEN NATURE ALLOWING MORE HUMAN FLOW INSIDE THE CULTURAL PLAZA WHICH COULD GENERATE MORE INTERACTION AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES INSIDE.

“Green ecology, close to nature! Provides a relaxing work and communication environment.” Zhu Boshan Competition Jury


“Very radical proposal that frees the ground floor and gives back visual connection with the surrounding. The overall feeling is light and delicate but also strong and powerful.� Benedetta Tagliabue Competition Jury


UPSIDE DOWN Reviving NPAK Yerevan, Armenia 2019

THE DESIGN ASPIRES TO PROVIDE THE CITY OF YEREVAN A NEW INTERACTIVE ENVIRONMENT THAT IS ACCESSIBLE FOR THE PUBLIC AND THE ART COMMUNITY WITHIN A CONTEXTUAL ENVELOPE, NARRATING A NEW CHAPTER FOR THE CITY WITHOUT FORGETTING WHAT HAVE BEEN BEFORE. THE PRINCIPAL ACT THAT WAS DONE IS CREATING TWO OPPOSITE LAYERS OF STEPPED TERRACES THAT PROVIDE A HARMONIC DIALOGUE WITH THE EXISTING BUILDING, THE FIRST ONE IS SLOPED DOWNSIDE CREATING A STEPPED PLAZA THAT LEADS TO A CULTURAL ENTRANCE AT THE EXISTING BASEMENT LEVEL WITH A NEW GLASS FAÇADE THAT INVITES PEOPLE IN, AND THIS WILL SIMPLIFY CONNECTIVITY AND CIRCULATION THROUGH THE BUILDING, WHILE THE EXISTING STONE FAÇADE WILL BE FLOATING ABOVE MARKING THE HISTORICAL LAYER OF NPAK. THE SECOND ONE IS SLOPED TOWARD UPSIDE CREATING A STEPPED SCULPTURE GARDEN THAT PROVIDE A NEW SENSE OF DYNAMIC INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE DESIGN COMMUNITY, LEADING TO A COMMUNAL TERRACE ABOVE THE EXISTING SHORTER SIDE OF THE BUILDING THAT TERRACE WILL CREATE A NEW PUBLIC ENTRY POINT TO THE PROJECT SEPARATING THE CULTURAL ENTRANCE FROM THE PUBLIC ENTRANCE. ALL THE STEPPED TERRACES ARE CONNECTED VISUALLY AND PHYSICALLY TO VERNISSAGE FLEA MARKET THAT DEFINES THE MOST DOMINANT CONTEXTUAL FORCE AROUND THE SITE WHICH WILL LEAD TO MORE CROWD FLOW INSIDE THE BUILDING AND MORE COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES.

TYPE

COLLABORATION

Competition Renovation Project

Mohamed Y. Elsarief Nader Ahdy Moro

ORGANIZER

4th Prize 2019


NPAK

DOWNSIDE

UPSIDE

SITUATION

CONNECTION

INTERACTION


BY REINFORCING THE EXISTING STRUCTURE, THE DESIGN IS AIMING TO KEEP THE ORIGINAL LAYOUT AND THE VISUAL IDENTITY OF THE BUILDING. THE DESIGN INTRODUCES THREE NEW FLOORS INSIDE THE ABOVE TRIPLE HEIGHT SPACE PROVIDING MORE FUNCTIONS AND SPACES INSIDE WITHOUT ADDING ADDITIONAL VOLUMES THAT COULD DESTROY THE CONTEXTUAL IMAGE, AS IT ALSO PROPOSED TO ADD A GLASS COURTYARD PENETRATING ALL THE FLOORS FOLLOWING THE EXISTING STRUCTURE WHICH WILL PROVIDE LIGHTING AND AIR VENTILATION INSIDE THE INTERIOR SPACES WITHOUT THE NEED TO ADD TOO MANY OPENINGS ON THE EXTERIOR SKIN. THE BIG CIRCULAR WINDOW ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE PROJECT IS PROPOSED TO BE KEPT AS AN ICON FOR NPAK BUILDING MODIFYING THE SLABS ATTACHED TO IT, TO CREATE AN EXHIBITIONAL TRIPLE HEIGHT SPACE FACING THE WINDOW.


THE PROJECT PROGRAM IS DIVIDED INTO SIX FLOORS EACH CONTAINS DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS AND ACTIVITIES; THE LOWER THREE FLOORS ARE ACCESSIBLE DIRECTLY FROM THE CULTURAL ENTRANCE BELOW AND THIS LEVELS CONTAINS CULTURAL, ARTISTIC AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES. WHILE THE UPPER THREE FLOOR IS ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THE PUBLIC ENTRANCE ABOVE AND THESE ONES CONTAINS WORKING, RESIDENTS, AND COMMUNAL ACTIVITIES. IN THE SAME TIME ALL THE INTERIOR SPACES INSIDE THE DIFFERENT LEVELS ARE FLEXIBLE AND INTERCONNECTED THROUGH A SIMPLE OPEN PLAN THAT IS HUMAN-ORIENTED WHICH COULD CREATE OPEN AND FREEDOM MODERN ENVIRONMENT OF SHARING AND INTERACTING. IT IS ALSO PROPOSED TO ADD A NEW THEATER BELOW THE UPSIDE LANDSCAPE STEPS WHICH WILL BE ACCESSIBLE FROM THE LOWER LEVELS AND WILL SERVE AS A PRODUCTION PLATFORM FOR NPAK COMMUNITY.

“The principal act that was done is creating two opposite layers of stepped terraces that provide a harmonic dialogue with the existing building”


“narrating a new chapter for the city without forgetting what have been before�


COMMUNITY TERRACE The Pavilion at Utica Junction Michigan, USA 2017

THE PROJECT AIMS TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THROUGH MULTIPLE MEANS AS IT MEANT TO DEVELOP A PROPER COMMUNITY SPACE THAT CAN BE UTILIZED FOR FORMAL AND INFORMAL EVENTS AND GATHERINGS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WHETHER THEY ARE CELEBRATORY, MARKET ORIENTED, OTHERWISE, IT ALSO AIMS TO CONNECT THE SITE VISUALLY TO THE SURROUNDING HISTORICALLY STRUCTURES THERE ARE THREE ELEMENTS THAT DEFINES THE PROJECT “THE PLAZA, THE RAMP, AND THE INDOOR PAVILION”. THE PLAZA IS A RECTANGULAR SHAPED SPACE CONSISTS OF SERIES OF SMALL TERRACES THAT CAN BE USED AS SITTING SPACES FOR THE CROWD, AND IT IS ORDERED BY A GRID OF THIN PILLARS THAT IS USED FOR LIGHTING.

TYPE

COLLABORATION

Competition Architecture Design Urban Design

Individual

ORGANIZER Roseville DDA

1st Prize 2017


THE RAMP SURROUNDS THE PLAZA CREATING A MONUMENTAL WALL THAT CAN BE USED AS A PLACE FOR LOCAL ARTISTS TO EXHIBIT THERE WORK IT ALSO SEPARATES THE PAVILION FROM THE RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF NOISE DURING THE EVENT TIMES, THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE RAMP IS 26 FEET FROM THE GROUND LEVEL ALLOWING THE VISITORS TO CONNECT VISUALLY TO THE SURROUNDING HISTORICALLY STRUCTURES. THE INDOOR PAVILION IS FACING THE PLAZA AND IS BEING USED AS A SPACE FOR CONFERENCES AND INDOOR EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS, THE ROOF OF THE PAVILION IS CONNECTED TO THE RAMP AND IT IS STEPPED BACK TO THE GROUND LEVEL CREATING A PLACE FOR COMMUNITY TO SIT AND INTERACT


PLAZA

PILLARES

RAMP

PAVILION


THE PROJECT IS PROPOSED TO BE CONSTRUCTED ON THREE PHASES, THE FIRST PHASE IS CREATING THE PLAZA “A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO GATHER AN CELEBRATE”, THE SECOND PHASE IS CREATING THE RAMP “A PLACE TO CONNECT COMMUNITY TO THE CITY HISTORY”, THE FINAL PHASE IS CREATING THE INDOOR PAVILION “A PLACE FOR ART AND EXHIBITIONS

Mr. Elgendy did more than just submit a design; he gave our downtown a vision for the future, and it’s now our job to work together to see that vision become a reality Competition Jury


Everybody from the public kept coming in and going to his project. His project spoke to everybody; without knowing what Roseville is and being here, he captured everything C&G Newspaper DDA Vice Chairman


Community, History and Art Collide in Illuminating Michigan Pavilion ARCHDAILY


COMMON LIGHTS Congress Center Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2020

THE PROJECTREPRESENTS A NEWARCHITECTURE PARADIGM, JUST LIKE EVERY NEW CHALLENGING INTERVENTION. OUR PROPOSAL IS AN ICONIC LIGHTHOUSE, BUT ALSO AN INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURE THAT IS MORE THAN A LANDMARK, ABLE TO CREATE NEW MAGNETISMS AND NARRATIVES WITHIN THE CITY SCHEME. WITH THE AIM OF THINKING OF A PROJECT NOT LIMITED IN FUNCTION, WE WANT TO STIMULATE ITS SPHERE OF INTERVENTION. HERE IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRIGGER NEW STIMULI IN A DIFFICULT COLLECTIVE ENVIRONMENTS, SO AS TO BE ABLE TO INCORPORATE THE VARIOUS FRAGMENTS INTO A UNIT OF EVENTS. THE NEW FORM IS ABSORBING VARIOUS COMPLEXITIES AND TRANSFORMING THEM AS THE NEW ENRICHED IDENTITY, USEFUL TO REGENERATE AND LEAD THE GROWING CITY NEIGHBORHOOD.

TYPE

COLLABORATION

Competition Architecture Design Urban Design

Pietro Paolo Speziale Nader Ahdy Moro Oresta Sanese

ORGANIZER БАЊА ЛУКА

RESULTS TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 2020


THE PROPOSAL IS A SHARED ECOSYSTEM THAT ENABLES A CONVERSATION BETWEEN MANY DIFFERENT FIELDS OF CULTURE, A GREAT MEETING POINT OF MANY PROFESSIONISTS AND INTERESTS. IT’S A PLACE WHICH INVITES AND DRAWS TOGETHER BOTH ARTISTS, VISITORS AND THE COMMUNITY OF BANJA LUKA TO MEET WITH THE MEAN OF ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE, KNOWLEDGE, MUSIC AND NATURE.MOREOVER, THE DESIGN REFLECTS THE GOAL TO FORECAST MORE IMPULSES AND A VIBRANT ATTITUDE IN THE LONG TERM PLANNING. MANY FLEXIBLE OPEN SPACES ARE AVALABLE TO BE ADEQUATE WITH REVERSABLE AND TEMPORARY SETTINGS, EASY TO ASSEMBLE AND DISASSEMBLE, QUICKLY INTERCHANGEABLE DURING TIME ACCORDING TO THE DIFFERENT EVENTS AND TOPICS HOSTED IN THE BUILDING. THIS STRATEGY WOULD PROMOTE AGILE MOVEMENTS, ALSO ENTERING INTO LINE WITH PREVAILING ARTISTIC OR EVEN ECONOMIC POLICIES THAT STIMULATE INNOVATION OR RATHERNOVELTY, IN A PROCESS OF CONTINUOUS IMPROVMENT.ACTIVATING THE SURROUNDING: HE SITE AREA HAS AN IMPORTANT VALUE FOR BANJA LUKA, AS LONG AS HISTORICALLY, IT HAS ALWAYS COVERED AN IMPORTANT STRATEGIC POINT IN THE CITY. IN FACT, DURING THE PAST CENTURIES THE AREA HAVE BEEN HOSTING A MILITAR BASE AND HAD MANY GREEN PARKS SOME OF WHICH HAVE BEEN PRESERVED BY THE PRESENT TIME.


THE INTERACTION EMPHASIZES THE CONTEXTUAL CHARACTER OF THE APPROACH, WORKING ON AN URBAN MACRO-SCALE OF THE PRESENT BUT ALSO OF ITS PAST SIGNS, ATTEMPTING TO SEE THOSE PREVIOUSLY CUT AND IMPRACTICABLE RELATIONSHIPS, STARTING FROM THE PROMISE OF NEW HYBRID ENVIRONMENTS. EACH INTERVATION IS RELATED TO THE SURROUNDING URBAN LANDSCAPE, INDEED TAKING LIFE FROM IT AND MAKING THE FAVOR IN THE FORM OF REGENERATION AND ATTRACTIVENESS. FURTHERMORE COMMON LIGHTS, IS A CHALLANGING OPPORTUNITY TO REDISCOVER THE POTENTIALITY OF A NEW ATTRACTIVE CONSTRUCTION. IT ELIMINATES THE PHYSICAL LIMITS AND ANY KIND OF SEPARATION AT URBAN SOCIAL LIFE LEVEL. AMBIGUOUS SPATIAL ANTIDOTES AGAINST THE FORM OF A PRETERMINATED CITY, WHICH OPEN UP TO NEW WAYS OF THINKING AND USING THE PUBLIC ENVIRONMENT. THESE POROUS ENVIRONMENTS ALLOW A FAST AND RAPID INTENSITY OF EXCHANGE BETWEEN ACTIONS, FUNCTIONS AND USERS AND GIVE ENDLESS SHADES TO THE CLASSIC TYPE OF PUBLIC SPACES. NEW SOCIAL BENEFITS: THEPROJECT GIVES THE OPPORTUNITY TO THE INDIVIDUALS TO HAVE A FULL SOCIAL AND CULTURAL LIFE, AT THE SAME TIME IT PROVIDES AN UNIQUE EXPERIENCE OF CONTEMPORARY SPATIALITY, MATERIAL SENSE AND CULTURAL ATMOSPHERE IN ORDER TO BE COMPETENT INTERPRETERS OF THEIR TIME.THE OPERA HOUSE SHOULD ESTABLISH THE CONDITIONS OF FRUITFUL NARRATIVES.


SAQIFAH

Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art Sharjah, UAE ​2019

BASED ON TRADITIONAL ROOTS, REFLECTED ON A CONTEMPORARY ENVELOP, THE SCHEME FEATURES A DISTINCTIVE SQUARE VOLUME THAT IS PARTIALLY ELEVATED FROM THE GROUND CREATING A PUBLIC VOID UNDERNEATH, THIS VOID FUNDAMENTALLY BECOMES PART OF THE BUILDING, CREATING AN INFORMAL CULTURAL PLAZA WITHIN THE FORMAL BOUNDARY OF THE BUILDING WHICH WILL PROVIDE A NEW SENSE OF DYNAMIC INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE ART COMMUNITY, AND CREATING A MUCH NEEDED PUBLIC CULTURAL SPACE THAT IS RESISTANT TO THE HARSH DESERT CLIMATE OF SHARJAH.

TYPE

COLLABORATION

Competition Architecture Design

Individual

ORGANIZER

3rd Prize 2019


ART

COMMUNITY

SAQIFAH

EXHIBITIONAL VOLUME

CULTURAL PLAZA

LIGHTWELLS

This is a novel proposal that presents some very dramatic possibilities for interaction with the surrounding community and context. The design considers the heritage and local culture, and its clearness is admirable. The simplicity of the cube and plaza below creates a calm reflective space embedded in the geology and culture. Competition Jury


THE FLOATING VOLUME IS PERFORATED WITH A SERIES OF LIGHTWELLS TO CREATE A NATURAL, ILLUMINATED INTERIOR FURTHER LIT BY SQUARE SHAPED GLAZED INTROVERTED FAÇADE, AS SUCH ALSO PROVIDING THE CULTURAL PLAZA BELOW WITH CENTERS OF NATURAL LIGHT AND AIR VENTILATION. SO IN A WAY THIS FLOATING PERFORATED VOLUME WILL WORK AS A CONTEMPORARY URBAN “SAQIFAH” FOR THE CULTURAL PLAZA. AND “SAQIFAH” IS A TRADITIONAL ARABIC LATTICED SHED STRUCTURE THAT WAS USED WIDELY FOR GATHERINGS AND EVENTS IN ARABIAN GULF.


As a cultural plaza with a central public space, the design offers an attractive and inviting area for meetings, community building, temporary events and performances. This intervention under the raised volume of the museum is a strong statement, and the sloping ground level takes on the character of an amphitheatre. The patios further act as lightwells, and bring daylight into the lower domain. Through these patios, a glimpse of the exhibition space can be seen from below – a wonderful contrast to the hermetically sealed outer façade of the lifted box, and a powerful and beautiful field of tension​. Competition Jury


THE MUSEUM PROGRAM IS ARRANGED WITHIN THE ELEVATED VOLUME WHICH IS DEFINED BY A CONTEMPORARY OPEN PLAN THAT IS HUMAN ORIENTED CREATING AN INTERACTIVE CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT THAT IS BENEFITING FROM THE PLAY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW CREATED BY THE LIGHWELLS IN THE DIFFERENT EXHIBITION SPACES.


MUSEUM FLOOR PLAN


CULTURAL PLAZA PLAN


FAR Os

Cyprus Lighthouse Paphos, Cyprus 2018

THE COMPETITION, ORGANISED BY THE CYPRUS SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE (CYSOA), SEEKS CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS FOR A NEW LIGHTHOUSE STRUCTURE AND LOCAL LANDMARK ON GEROSKIPOU BEACH THE LIGHTHOUSE COMPETITION INVOLVES THE DESIGN OF AN UNMANNED STRUCTURE WITH A LIGHT-SOURCE TO ACT AS A FOCAL POINT FOR THE AREA THE STRUCTURE MAY BE CONSTRUCTED FROM ANY MATERIAL, AND INNOVATION AND UNUSUAL FORMAL EXPRESSION ARE ENCOURAGED. THE ONLY REQUIREMENT IS THAT THE LIGHT-SOURCE IS ACCESSIBLE FOR MAINTENANCE. THE “LIGHTHOUSE” SHOULD BE POSITIONED ANYWHERE ALONG GEROSKIPOU BEACH IN PAPHOS, CYPRUS GEROSKIPOU IS A COASTAL TOWN EAST OF THE MAJOR CITY OF PAPHOS. ITS POPULATION IS APPROXIMATELY 7,000 AND IT IS THE SECOND LARGEST MUNICIPALITY IN PAPHOS DISTRICT.

TYPE

COLLABORATION

Competition Architecture Design Installation

Individual

ORGANIZER

1st Prize 2018


BALLOON

LIGHT SOURCE

HUNDREDS OF BALLOONS EACH CARRY A SMALL LIGHTING SOURCE ARE WHAT DEFINES FAR-OS, EACH BALLOON IS CONNECTED TO THE GROUND VIA A FIBER CABLE WHICH PROVIDES THE LIGHT SOURCE WITH THE NEEDED ELECTRICITY, EACH CABLE HAVE A DIFFERENT LENGTH ALLOWING THE BALLOONS TO GLOW IN DIFFERENT LEVELS FORMING THE TRADITIONAL “LIGHTHOUSE TOWER FORM” BUT WITH LIGHTS INSTEAD OF WALLS. ALL THE FIBER CABLES ARE CONNECTED TO ONE LARGE RECTANGULAR WOODEN BASE ON THE BEACH THAT WORKS AS A GENERATOR OF POWER TO THE FAR OS


FAR-OS GLOWS IN THE DEEP BLUE MEDITERRANEAN SKY, ITS ROOTS ARE WITHIN THE SANDY BEACH BUT IT KEEP FLYING, DANCING WITH THE WIND, CREATES A TOWER OF LIGHT THAT GUIDES PEOPLE AS IT GUIDES SHIPS


HEALING TERRACES Hope Dental Center Kigali, Rwanda ​2020

THE DESIGN FOR HOPE DENTAL CENTER ASPIRES TO CREATE A SERIES OF TERRACED BUILDINGS THAT IS ADAPTABLE, INTERACTIVE, AND ACCESSIBLE FOR THE COMMUNITY IN KIGALI. LOOKING AT THE NATURAL SLOPPED TOPOGRAPHY OF THE SITE, WE DECIDED TO CREATE A DESIGN THAT RESPECTS THE SURROUNDING AND THE EXISTING GREENERY AS IF IT WAS ALREADY A PART OF THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY OF THE SITE. THE PRINCIPAL ACT THAT WAS DONE THROUGH THE DESIGN IS TO CREATE CONTINUES STEPS THAT FOLLOWS THE EXISTING TOPOGRAPHY TO ALLOW AN EASY ACCESSIBILITY THROUGH AND TO THE SITE, WITHIN THIS STEPS THE VOLUMES OF THE DENTAL CENTER ARE EXITING AS A CONTINUATION WITH VARIOUS SCALES FOLLOWING THE REQUIRED PROGRAMS. THESE BUILDINGS CREATE A CALM MEDITATIVE ENVIRONMENT AS IT GENERATES A SERIES OF TERRACES THAT BLENDS IN A HOMOGENEOUS WAY WITH THE EXISTING NATURE, CREATING A STAGE TO OBSERVE AND TO INTERACT WITH THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND THE BEAUTIFUL HORIZON OF THE CITY.

TYPE

COLLABORATION

Competition Architecture Design

Pietro Paolo Speziale Oresta Sanese

ORGANIZER

HONOURABLE PRIZE

2020


THE DESIGN PROGRAM IS DIVIDED INTO THREE BUILDINGS THESE BUILDINGS RELATIVELY CREATES FOUR BIG COMMUNITY TERRACES, EACH OF THESE BUILDINGS IS PENETRATED BY COURTYARDS THAT CREATE GOOD AIR VENTILATION AND PROVIDING A NATURAL DAYLIGHT INSIDE THE INTERIOR SPACES. THE HIGHEST BUILDING IN THE DESIGN IS BUILDING 1 WHICH IS A TWO FLOORS BUILDING AND IT IS LOCATED IN THE CLOSE SIDE TO THE MAIN CAR ROAD, AND THIS BUILDING CONTAINS MOST OF THE MEDICAL AND EDUCATIONAL SPACES. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SITE THERE IS BUILDING 3 WHICH IS MOSTLY A RESIDENTIAL BUILDING AND THE LOCATION IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE BY BOTH THE WORKERS OF BUILDING 1 AND 2. THE LOWEST BUILDING IS BUILDING NUMBER TWO AND THIS ONE IS WITH A DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE SECONDARY CAR ROAD TO ALLOW AN EASY ACCESS TO THE TRUCK WAREHOUSE. THE THREE BUILDINGS ARE DESIGNED TO BE MADE WITH LOCAL CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TO PRESERVE THE IDENTITY AND THE CULTURAL VALUES OF THE SITE.


WATERMARKS 17th La Biennale Di Venezia Venice, Italy 2019

WITHIN THE DARKNESS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE AGE WE ARE LIVING.. THERE ARE THE WATERMARKS A TINY GLIMPSES OF LIGHT THAT IS FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, AND TO PROVIDE A BETTER EARTH WHERE BIO-DIVERSITY AND HUMANITY CAN BOTH EXIST IN HARMONY. HUMANKIND ARE THE ACTORS IN AN ERA OF ACCELERATED PLANETARY CRISIS WHICH HAS RECENTLY EARNED ITSELF A NEW GEOLOGICAL EPOCH CALLED THE ANTHROPOCENE. BASED ON THE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT HUMAN ACTIVITY HAS MARKED ITSELF AS A MAJOR FORCE OF NATURE. IN THIS NEW ERA WE SEES UNPRECEDENTED LAND DEGRADATION, AND THE LOSS OF ARABLE LAND AT 30 TO 35 TIMES THE HISTORICAL RATE. DROUGHT AND DESERTIFICATION IS ALSO ON THE RISE EACH YEAR, AMOUNTING TO THE LOSS OF 12 MILLION HECTARES AND AFFECTS POOR COMMUNITIES GLOBALLY. OF THE 8,300 ANIMAL BREEDS KNOWN, 8 PERCENT ARE EXTINCT AND 22 PERCENT ARE AT RISK OF EXTINCTION.

TYPE

COLLABORATION

Competition Installation

Pietro Paolo Speziale Nader Ahdy Moro Sameh Zayed David Sastre Mata Juan Martinez Zafra

ORGANIZER

Runner Up 2019


EGYPT IS WITNESSING A HUGE LOSS OF ITS BIODIVERSITY, ABOUT 95 SPECIES OF PLANTS, INSECTS, BIRDS AND ANIMAL ARE IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION DUE TO THE RAPID URBANIZATION THAT IS TAKING OVER THE AGRICULTURAL LANDS, THE DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES, OVERCONSUMPTION, AND THE USE OF TECHNOLOGIES THAT DAMAGE THE ENVIRONMENT, NOW COMBINED WITH CLIMATE CHANGE, ARE PUSHING OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PLANET TO ITS LIMITS. IN THE EGYPTIAN PAVLION WE ARE SHOWCASING THE DANGERS THAT IS FACING OUR PLANET AND THE GOOD WATERMARKS THAT HUMANITY IS PUTTING ON EARTH FACING THIS CHALLENGES REFLECTED WITHIN THE BOUNDARY OF THE EGYPTIAN LAND. SHOWING SIGNS OF THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE OR THE BETTER FUTURE BASED ON PEOPLE ACTIONS. THE PAVILION IS A SHOWCASE TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS AIMING TO THE BALANCE OF ECOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IN EGYPT, TO CONTROL THE EXPANSION OF THE LAND, AND TO INTRODUCE NATURE INTO THE CITY, CREATING A NEW SYMBIOTIC URBAN ENVIRONMENT. THE PAVILION AIMS TO SHOW WHAT IS IN DANGER AND HOW WE CAN SURVIVE TOGETHER HUMANITY AND BIODIVERSITY.


WITHIN THE DARKNESS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE AGE WE ARE LIVING.. THERE ARE THE WATERMARKS A TINY GLIMPSES OF LIGHT THAT IS FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, AND TO PROVIDE A BETTER EARTH WHERE BIODIVERSITY AND HUMANITY CAN BOTH EXIST IN HARMONY.


THE VISITORS OF THE PAVILION WILL GO THROUGH A JOURNEY OF EXPLORATION INSIDE THIS ANTHROPOCENE ENVIRONMENT AS SOME OF THE PROJECTS CONTENT WILL BE PRESENTED INSIDE THE STEEL MESHES, IT WILL DRIVE THE VISITORS TO WONDER AND TO KEEP THEM INTERESTED. THE SMALL SCALE OF THESE PLATES IS A SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATION TO SHOW THE DOMINATION OF THE ANTHROPOCENE EFFECT IN COMPARE TO THE GOOD HUMAN CONTRIBUTIONS NOWADAYS


THE WATERMARKS ARE THE PROJECTS THAT IS BASED ON THE IDEA OF IMPLEMENTIG CLEAN AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGIES, PROVIDING ALL FACILITIES WITH CLEAN ENERGY, WHILE MINIMIZING WASTE AND GRANTING A FAIR USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES. A DIRECT ANSWER TO THE ANTHROPOCENE PROBLEMS. THE CASE STUDIES THAT WERE EXAMINED TO REPRESENT THE GOOD WATERMARKS IN EGYPT WERE DONE SO WITH THE INTENTION OF RESEARCHING HOW DIFFERENT PLACES ARE REACTING AND RESPONDING TO THE EFFECTS OF ANTHROPOCENIC CLIMATE RELATED PHENOMENA (I.E. LOSS OF HABITAT, SCARCITY OF FARMABLE LAND FROM OVERGRAZING, SPECIES EXTINCTION, AND INDUSTRIAL SCARS). WHAT THE SELECTED CASE STUDIES WILL TELL US IS THAT DESIGNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE COMES IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS, DEPENDING ON THE SYMPTOM, THE GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION, AND NEEDS BASED ON RISKS. SOME PROJECTS AIM TO CONSERVE OR PRESERVE NATURAL HABITS, WHILE OTHERS RESPOND BY ADAPTIVE REUSE OF OLD AND OUTDATED INDUSTRIAL WASTELANDS. AND THESE ARE THE KIND OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT WE WILL PRESENT IN OUR PAVILION


THE PAVILION WANTS TO LEAVE A MESSAGE. OUR DESTINY IS IN OUR HANDS AND IT WILL BE THE RESULTS OF OUR ACTIONS. THESE POSTCARDS WANTS TO WARN ABOUT A FUTURE THAT WE THINK IS FAR AWAY , BUT ALWAYS CLOSER. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO BE, START WITH YOUR WATERMARK.


DISCLOSED HERITAGE School in the Marshes Marshes, Iraq 2018

THE PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO ESTABLISH A CONNECTION WITH THE PAST TRADITION OF THE COMMUNITY AND TO BE CONTEXT-SENSITIVE. THE WATER CONNECTION AND THE INTEGRATION OF THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF LIVING IN THIS PLACE MIXED WITH THE TRADITIONAL MATERIAL FROM THE AREA HAD A CRUCIAL ROLE IN THE DESIGN PROCESS. THIS AREA ONCE RICH WITH WATER AND LIFE, NOW DEVOID OF ITS MOST PECULIAR CONNOTATIONS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECONNECT THE RELATIONSHIP OF DAILY LIFE WITH WATER AND BRING THIS CONNECTION TO THE PRESENT DAY WITHOUT NEGLECTING TRADITION. THE DESIGN MAKES THE SCHOOL A PIVOT POINT BETWEEN LAND AND WATER WITH INTRODUCING A SMALL HARBOR THAT COULD HELP THE VILLAGES AROUND TO REACH THIS PLACE THROUGH THE COMPLEX SYSTEM OF MARSHES WATERWAYS. THE SITE RESULTS DEVIDED IN TWO AREAS AND ALLOWS THE COMUNITY TO DEVELOP RHYTHMICALLY THEIR ACTIVITIES AND DAILY RITUALS. THE IDENTITY OF THE CONSTRUCTION FINDS THE FUNDAMENTALS IN THE CULTURE OF THE PLACE.

TYPE

COLLABORATION

Competition Architecture Design

Pietro Paolo Speziale

ORGANIZER

HONOURABLE PRIZE

2018


THE POSITION AND THE SURROUNDINGS OF THE AREA GENERATE TWO GRIDS WHICH HAVE BEEN DECISIVE FOR THE FINAL SHAPE OF THE BUILDING, WHICH IS COMPOSED OF TWO INTERSECTING VOLUMES. A VOLUME FOLLOWS THE NORTH DIRECTION OF THE AREA AND CONTAINS THE CLASSROOMS TO PROTECT STUDENTS FROM THE SUN AND INCREASE COMFORT IN THE STUDY SPACES. THE LARGEST VOLUME IS INSTEAD ORIENTED ACCORDING TO THE LANDSCAPE AND THE ELEMENTS THAT SURROUND THE AREA, IN PARTICULAR THE RELATIONSHIP LAND-WATER. THIS VOLUME IS MADE UP OF ALL THE SERVICES AND COMMON AREAS THAT A PRIMARY SCHOOL NEEDS. IT IS ALSO A SPACE THAT TENDS NOT TO HAVE ENTIRELY CLOSED ZONES, TO USE SAME DESIGN PRINCIPLES OF THE TRADITIONAL HOUSES “MUDHIF”


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DESIGN AIMS TO CAST LIGHT ON THE USE OF LOCALLY AVAILABLE RAW MATERIALS, AND ON FUNCTION AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY OF THE SAME OR SIMILAR ARTIFACTS IN AREA. LARGE WOODEN FRAMES DEFINES THE MODULARITY OF THE PROJECT TAKEN FROM EXISTING LOCAL PALMS AND TREES, A THIN STEEL STRUCTURE HELPS TO STRENGHT UP THE FOUNDATION FOLLOWING THE SAME TECHNIQUE USED IN THE “MUDHIF” LOCAL HOUSE


“A strength of this project is its innovative treatment of the harbour, which creates a beautiful waterfront and highlights the project’s sensitivity to the marshlands. We commend the gathering of the school’s functions into two components, which leaves a comforting void space. We appreciate the integration of the wetlands and waterbodies into this project’s proposal, as it promotes interaction between the school and the environment.”​ Competition Jury


DOKDO REFLECTION Yisabu Dokdo Memorial Park Samcheok, South Korea 2017

“DOKDO HAVE BEEN KOREAN TERRITORY SINCE THE EARLY 6TH CENTURY WHICH WERE ANNEXED BY ISABU ALTHOUGH THE NATIVES HAD REFUSED TO SUBMIT USING THE ROUGH TOPOGRAPHY AS A SHIELD” THE TOPOGRAPHY OF DOKDO IS NOT JUST A MASS OF A VOLCANIC ROCKS THAT FORMED BY NATURAL AND MANMADE FACTORS THROUGH CENTURIES, IN ITS CURVES AND SHARP LINES THERE ARE STORIES OF ISABU, OF VICTORY OF HOPE AND EVEN FOR DEFEATS, IT IS NOT JUST A GROUP OF SMALL ISLETS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEA IT IS A REPRESENTATION OF THE WHOLE KOREAN NATION TELLING ITS OWN STORY OF WHAT HAVE BEEN AND WHAT MAY HAPPEN IN THE YEARS TO COME.

TYPE Competition Urban Design

ORGANIZER

COLLABORATION Nahed Zmeter


TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER IT MARKS THE STARTING POINT FOR THE TOURISTS AND SIGHTSEERS OF THE PARK AS A CIRCULAR UPPER LEVEL PLAZA CONNECTS IT WITH THE EXISTING COMMUNITY CENTER, THE MAIN PARKING LOTS, AND THE ENTRY POINT OF MT. YUKHYANG. FROM THE PLAZA VISITORS START TO FLOW DOWN THROUGH THE BENDING TO REACH THE LOWER ENTRY PLAZA FOR THE INFORMATION CENTER ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE THE FIRST GLIMPSE OF DOKDO REFLECTION, THE GLIMPSE GETS CLEARER AS THEY ENTER THE BUILDING, THE ROOF CONTINUE THE BENDS OF THE PARK CREATING AN ALMOST A CAVE-LIKE SPACE.


THE PROPOSED DESIGN IS BASED ON RECOGNIZING THIS STORIES OF DOKDO AND ISABU THROUGH A PATTERN THAT IS GENERATED BY THE RICH TOPOGRAPHY OF THE ISLETS CREATING A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO EXPERIENCE THE STORIES IN A SYMBOLIC AND PHYSICAL WAYS. THE SITE OF THE PROJECT IS ALMOST A FLAT LAND WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MT. YUKHYANG THE PATTERNS TRANSFORMS THE FLATNESS INTO A SERIES OF BENDS THIS BENDS CREATES A PARK IN ITS HIGHS AND LOWS VISITORS ARE EXPERIENCING A MEMORIAL SPACES THAT INTEGRATES HISTORY AND CULTURE


THE PROJECT CONSISTS OF THREE CULTURE AND ASSEMBLY FACILITIES, RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES, AND A PARK, THE FACILITIES IS PROPOSED TO BE IN A LOWER LEVEL MAXIMIZING THE VISITORS EXPERIENCE OF THE PARK, AND IT IS TRANSLATED INTO A SERIES OF VOIDS CONNECTED THROUGH THE FLUIDITY OF THE PARK, VISITORS CAN REACH THIS VOIDS AS THE PARK FLOWS INTO THEM LIKE A SEA CONNECTING A GROUP OF ISLETS TOGETHER. THE WAVES OF THE PARK IS REFLECTED IN THE INTERIOR OF THE BUILDINGS ALLOWING THE VISITORS TO EXPERIENCE THE STORIES OF DOKDO AND ISABU INSIDE AND OUTSIDE, A THIN WHITE LINES INSPIRED BY THE TOPOGRAPHY OF THE ISLETS GUIDES PEOPLE THROUGH THE PARK AND THROUGH THE DIFFERENT FACILITIES


CULTURE AND ART VILLAGE THE CULTURE VILLAGE IS PLANNED WITHIN THE OLD RESIDENTIAL AREA, THE EXISTING BUILDINGS WERE ALL PROPOSED TO BE DEMOLISHED AND REPLACED WITH NEW HOUSING UNITS FOR THE EXISTING RESIDENTS WHICH ARE MOSTLY COMPOSED OF ELDERLY WITH LOW LEVEL INCOME, AND NEW HOUSING STUDIOS FOR ARTISTS TO RELOCATE IN AS THE PARK BEND REFLECTING THE HISTORY OF YISABU AND DOKDO IT ENVELOPS THE CULTURE VILLAGE CREATING TWO FLOORS UNDER ITS GROUND LEVEL, THE FLOORS SURROUNDS A CURVED PLAZA THAT PROVIDE A SPACE FOR RESIDENTS TO INTERACT AND FOR ARTISTS TO EXHIBIT THERE WORK, IT ALSO PROVIDE NATURAL LIGHTING AND VENTILATION FOR THE HOUSING UNITS.


BILLOW Baghdad Design Center Baghdad, Iraq 2018

CONTEMPORARY CITIES ARE AIMING TO DEAL WITH ARCHITECTURAL AND URBAN HERITAGE AS A VITAL ENTITY THAT CAN ADAPT TO THE MODERN LIFE STYLE AND NEEDS WITHOUT SACRIFICING THE REGION’S IDENTITY AND UNIQUENESS, ESPECIALLY THOSE CITIES THAT ARE HISTORICALLY AND CULTURALLY PROFOUND, WHICH HAS RESULTED IN THE POSSESSION OF THE ARCHITECTURAL AND URBAN HERITAGE. MANY ISLAMIC CITIES WORLDWIDE ARE PROUD OF THEIR TRADITIONAL MARKETS. THE MARKET IN ISLAMIC CITIES HAS REVIVED THE CITY THROUGH ITS PRESENCE, WHILE THE CITY HAS FORMED THE MARKET ACCORDING TO ITS NEEDS. THE BUILDING DOES NOT WANT TO BE A CUMBERSOME PRESENCE IN THE CITY, RATHER IT WANTS TO BE A CENTER WHERE PEOPLE CAN MEET, EXCHANGE IDEAS AND OPINIONS ON THE MOST MODERN DESIGN THEMES. THE GOAL IS TO ALLOW A GRADUAL TRANSITION BETWEEN A CITY SO RICH IN TRADITIONS, HISTORY, CULTURE AND CUSTOMS WITH THE MOST MODERN TECHNOLOGIES AND DESIGN THAT COULD BE EXHIBITED INSIDE. MAINLY USING AS A VERNACULAR ELEMENT OF THE PROJECT THE TENT OFTEN USED IN THE MARKETS, AS A SHELTER TO MITIGATE THE INTENSITY OF THE SUN.

TYPE Competition Architecture Design Renovation

ORGANIZER

SHORTLISTED 2018

COLLABORATION Pietro Paolo Speziale


A SPECIAL PREROGATIVE IS TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO USE, AS IT IS STILL USED, THE SPACE DELIMITED BY THE WALLS OF THE BUILDING AS A MEETING POINT FOR CITIZENS. THE BUILDING DETACHES FROM THE GROUND A FEW METERS TO LEAVE THE GROUND FLOOR A LARGE OPEN SPACE WHERE THERE MAY BE EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS OR SIMPLY WHERE YOU CAN LAZE AND STOP FROM THE INTENSE RHYTHMS OF THE CITY. BILLOW GLOWS IN THE BEAUTIFUL SANDY SKY OF BAGHDAD. ITS ROOTS ARE WITHIN THE GROUND BUT IT KEEPS FLAYING, DANC-ING WITH THE WARM WINDS, CREATING A FLOATING MINARET THAT GUIDES PEOPLE TO A NEW ERA OF THE HISTORICAL CITY.


HUNDREDS OF TRANSLUCENT TENSILE CUR-TAINS ARE WHAT DEFINES THE OUTER SKIN FOR THE PROJECT A WOODEN STRUCTURE IS FRAMING THE CURTAINS AS IT RAISES ABOVE THE EXISTING OLD FACADE, THIS SKIN ALLOWS A GRADUAL TRANSITION BETWEEN A CITY SO RICH IN TRADITIONS, HISTORY CUL-TURE AND CUSTOMS WITH THE MOST MODERN TECHNOLOGIES AND DESIGN THAT COULD BE EXHIBITED INSIDE.


A GLASS CORE INSIDE THE TENSILE SKIN DEFINES THE INDOOR SPACE FOR THE DESIGN CENTER WHERE DIFFERENT WORKING AND EXHIBITION ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE, THE CURTAINS COVERS THE CORE AS IT PRO-TECT IT FROM THE DIRECT SUN LIGHT BUT AL-LOWES ENOUGH DAYLIGHT TO LIGHTEN THE SPACE UP. THE CORE DETACHES FROM THE GROUND A FEW METERS TO LEAVE THE GROUND FLOOR A LARGE OPEN SPACE WHERE THERE MAY BE EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS OR SIMPLY WHERE YOU CAN LAZE AND STOP FROM THE IN-TENSE RHYTHMS OF THE CITY.


WRITTEN National Museum of World Writing Songdo, Korea 2017

THE PROJECT IS A DIALOGUE BETWEEN A CITY, A PARK AND A WRITING MUSEUM AS THE MUSEUM IS MOSTLY BURIED WITHIN THE PARK A FLOATING TRANSLUCENT PAPER IS SHELTERING INTRODUCING NEW MEANS OF PERCEPTION TO THE COMMUNITY OF SONGDO AS IT BENDS UP AND DOWN IT DELIVERS DIFFERENT MESSAGES TO THE CITY. THE SUN ACTS AS THE INK THAT CREATES DIFFERENT MEDIUMS FOR INTERACTION BY PASSING THROUGH THE ENGRAVINGS EMBEDDED WITHIN THE LEAFLET. DELIVERING WHAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED AND WHAT IS YET TO OCCUR. AS THE SUN IS CONTINUALLY MOVING, NEW MEANINGS AND DIMENSIONS ARE CONSTANTLY REVEALED THROUGH THE LEAFLET TELLING ITS OWN STORY THROUGH WORDS AND INTENSITY.

TYPE Competition Architecture Design

ORGANIZER

COLLABORATION Nahed Zmeter


First Level Overgroung

Second Level Below-groung

Third Level Below-groung


CREATING AN EVERYDAY DIALOGUE THROUGH THE SURROUNDING BUILDINGS, USERS OF THE MUSEUM AND THE EVERYDAY STREET/PARK PASSENGERS. AFFECTED BY TWO OPPOSING FORCES WITHIN THE CITY, THE EXISTING MANMADE STRUCTURES AND THE FLUIDIC NATURE OF THE PARK. FLEXIBLE/SHAPEABLE , ACTING AS A RESPONSIVE MEDIUM AND TRANSLUCENT, LIKEWISE A PIECE OF FABRIC; THE PROJECT SHELTERS THE PARK WITH A LEAFLET THAT GIVES NEW HORIZONS TO THE COMMUNITY OF SONGDO. THIS MUSEUM WILL EMBRACE THE VISITOR AS AN INITIATE, A SEEKER AND AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT, IN THIS GRAND DANCE OF ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE, ACTS AND OBJECTS. WE SHOULD CREATE A MUSEUM THAT DREDGES UP OUR PRESENT CONNECTION TO THE TIMELESS SIGNS AND SYMBOLS. IT IS TIME FOR THE NEW WORLD ORDER TO CALL UPON TO EVOKE AND TO LEARN FROM – THE OLD WORLD WISDOMS


INSIDE THE BOX Isola Pepe Verde’s playground Milan, Italy 2018

THE DESIGN IS AIMING TO RE-ORGANISE THE ISOLA PEPE VERDE SPACE ENTIRELY, CREATING A NEW SPACE THAT IS FLEXIBLE, DYNAMIC, AND SUSTAINABLE. INSPIRED BY THE THE THEMES OF THE IMAGINATION FOR THE CHILDREN AND HOW A CHILD ACTIVITY CAN DEFINES THE SPACE OF A PLAYGROUND. THE DESIGN IS DEFINED BY A SERIES OF SIMPLE CUBIC STRUCTURES THAT IS INTERACTIVE AND TRANSFORMATIVE. A RECTANGLEUR PLAZA IS ACTINGE LIKE A “RADURA” IN THE CENTER OF THE ISOLA PEPE GARDEN, THROUGH THIS PLAZA THERE ARE THREE LANES OF NARROW RAILS THAT ALLOWS THE CUBIC STRUCTURE TO MOVE ABOVE CREATING DIFFERENT SCENARIOS AND ACTIVITIES. A PLAYGROUND FOR KIDS, A MARKET, A CINEMA, A SHELTER FOR ECO BOXES IS SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT COULD BE OCCURRING IN THE PLAZA BASED ON THE ORGANIZATION AND THE INSTALLATION OF THE CUBES. LIKE CHILDREN PLAYING WITH BASIC GEOMETRICAL FORMS THE PEOPLE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD CAN CREATE PLENTY OF DIFFENT SOLUTIONS FOLLOWING THEIR NEEDS. A PROMINENT FEATURE OF OUR INTERVENTION IS THAT IS FOCUSED ON A SMALL-SCALE APPROACH, SO ABLE TO CONNECT PEOPLE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT. THE IMPACT THAT AN INTERVENTION MAKES IS IMPORTANT. THEREFORE BIG PHYSICAL CHANGES MIGHT ENCOMPASS PROJECTS THAT ARE IRRELEVANT. WITH SMALL PINPRICKS, AS REGENERATION OF THE URBAN SPACE ITʼS POSSIBLE TO HAVE A BIGGER IMPACT. ENHANCING THE UNIQUE QUALITIES OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD TO AVOID CLASHES OF INCOMPATIBLE ACTIVITIES WE DEVIDED THE PHASES IN THREE STAGES.

TYPE Competition Architecture Design

ORGANIZER

COLLABORATION Pietro Paolo Speziale


THE ARCHITECTURE OF THIS URBAN SPACE COULD STIMULATE APPROPRIATION AND MANIPULATION OF ITS FABRIC, SYMBOLS AND LANGUAGE BY ITS INHABITANTS. MAKE AN URBAN SPACE HYBRID TO CHANGE FUNCTIONS OVER THE TIME ITʼS A POSSIBLE SOLUTION AND SURELY AN INCIPIT TO DESIGN A MORE ATTRACTIVE SPACE. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE POSSIBLE VARIATIONS THE BOXES COULD HAVE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE SPACE. THESE SPACE CONTAIN A PREDETERMINED USE, NEED AND TIME, AND CONTAIN WITHIN THEM OBJECTS WITH PREDETERMINED FUNCTIONS. WHILE THESE ZERO DEGREE SPACES QUIETLY SERVE THEIR PURPOSE, IT IS SUGGESTED THEY ARE BEING APPROPRIATED BEYOND THEIR EXPECTED USE, AND ARE VENERATED WITH NEW MEANING IN THE PROCESS. TO BE ABLE TO CREATE BETTER COMMUNITIES WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO ASK: WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE AND HOW ARE THEY INCLUDED? THINKING ABOUT HOW URBAN SPACES INVITE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE ON A STREET LEVEL IS KEY FOR MAKING THRIVING COMMUNITIES. BUILDING SUCCESSFUL PLACES IS ABOUT MORE THAN BRICKS AND MORTAR, IT IS ABOUT KEEPING THE AREAS ACCESSIBLE AND ALIVE WITH MANY DIFFERENT ACTIVIETIES. THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ARE VITAL FOR THIS PURPOSE. MORE FAMILIES ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO INCORPORATE ECO-FRIENDLY OPTIONS INTO EVERY ASPECT OF THEIR CHILDREN’S LIVES, INCLUDING WHERE THEY PLAY AND WHAT THEY PLAY WITH. MANY FAMILIES ARE SEEKING OUTDOOR PLAY OPPORTUNITIES, AND TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT THINGS LIKE RECYCLING, GARDENING, AND COMPOSTING. THEY’RE ALSO LOOKING FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY MATERIALS WHEN SELECTING WHICH PRODUCTS TO BUY, INCLUDING KIDS’ TOYS. MANY PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS HAVE GOTTEN ON BOARD WITH GREEN OPTIONS; IN ISOLA PEPE VERDE MANY SOLUTIONS ARE POSSIBLE TO USE AND TO INCORPORATE WITH THE BOXES AS SOLAR PANELS, ECOBOXES, WATER CONTENERS, RECYCLING SPOT AND MORE GREEN FOR A PLACE COMPLETELY SUSTAINABLE.


Shuffle: market, exibithions...

Free plaza: moving the boxes cou that could contain different activi


uld create an empty plaza ities requires big space.

Rooms: use the boxes to divide the space in different areas following the needs.


THESE SPACE CONTAIN A PREDETERMINED USE, NEED AND TIME, AND CONTAIN WITHIN THEM OBJECTS WITH PREDETERMINED FUNCTIONS. WHILE THESE ZERO DEGREE SPACES QUIETLY SERVE THEIR PURPOSE, IT IS SUGGESTED THEY ARE BEING APPROPRIATED BEYOND THEIR EXPECTED USE, AND ARE VENERATED WITH NEW MEANING IN THE PROCESS. TO BE ABLE TO CREATE BETTER COMMUNITIES WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO ASK: WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE AND HOW ARE THEY INCLUDED? THINKING ABOUT HOW URBAN SPACES INVITE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE ON A STREET LEVEL IS KEY FOR MAKING THRIVING COMMUNITIES. BUILDING SUCCESSFUL PLACES IS ABOUT MORE THAN BRICKS AND MORTAR, IT IS ABOUT KEEPING THE AREAS ACCESSIBLE AND ALIVE WITH MANY DIFFERENT ACTIVIETIES. THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ARE VITAL FOR THIS PURPOSE. MORE FAMILIES ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO INCORPORATE ECOFRIENDLY OPTIONS INTO EVERY ASPECT OF THEIR CHILDREN’S LIVES, INCLUDING WHERE THEY PLAY AND WHAT THEY PLAY WITH. MANY FAMILIES ARE SEEKING OUTDOOR PLAY OPPORTUNITIES, AND TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT THINGS LIKE RECYCLING, GARDENING, AND COMPOSTING.


A MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SPACE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS A TRUE INTEGRATION OF DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS IN TIME AND SPACE. FOR EXAMPLE, IMPLEMENTING MULTI-FUNCTIONALITY WITHIN COMMUNITIES CREATES SPACES THAT HAVE MULTIPLE PURPOSES. DUE TO THEIR ACCESS TO DIVERSE USES IN ONE PLACE, THESE SPACES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO A COMMUNITY’S VITALITY. THROUGH THE USE OF NARROW RAILS ON THE PLAZA WE WANT TET THE PEOPLE MOVE THE BOXES AND CREATE THEIR OWN SPACE. IN ORDER TO KEEP THE URBAN SPACE ALIVE AND ACCESSIBLE WITH MANY DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES, ANSWER TO THE COMMUNITY NEEDS IS VITAL FOR DESIGN SUCCESSFUL PLACES AND INVITE PEOPLE TO PARTECIPATE IN A “STREET LEVEL LIFE”. CONSIDER THE FABRIC OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD BY STUDYING THE SIZE OF EACH BLOCK, THE ISSUE IS TO RESPECT THE HUMAN SCALE AND THE URBAN FABRIC, AN INFI LL PROJECT WILL INTEGRATE MORE SUCCESSFULLY AND CREATE CONTINUITY, WHICH IN TURNS PROMOTES COMMUNITY HARMONY.


A CITY WITHIN A PARK Aviapolis Urban Blocks Vantaa, Finland 2017

THE HELSINKI-VANTAA AIRPORT IS AN IMPORTANT CENTER OF THE CITY’S GENERATING A MASSIVE INDUSTRIAL FORCE WHICH IS SURE TO HAVE A STRONG IMPACT OVER TIME ON THE CURRENT SITUATION IN AVIAPOLIS AND VANTAA IN GENERAL, AVIAPOLIS CURRENTLY IS A BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL AREA AND TO ADAPT TO THE FUTURE INEVITABLE CHANGES THERE SHOULD BE A DETERMINANT AND CLEAR ORDER ALLOWING THE REGION TO EXPAND AND CHANGE AT THE SAME TIME CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS SUITABLE FOR THE COMMUNITY TO LIVE AN EQUAL LIFE NOT ONLY ORDERED BY THE INDUSTRIAL FORCE BUT ALSO BY THE NATURAL FORCE THE DESIGN AIMS TO MAKE A PLAN FOR THE COMPETITION SITE THAT MAY EXPAND AFFECTING THE SURROUNDING URBAN BLOCKS, IT AIMS TO CREATE A PLACE FOR COMMUNITY TO LIVE, WORK AND ENJOY LIFE AS IT IS ORDERED BY A GREEN PARK THAT WOULD RESHAPE THE REGIONS HUGE URBAN BLOCKS TO SMALLER ONES CREATING PATHWAYS THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO WALK THROUGH THE SITE AND REGION WITHOUT THE NEED OF CARS, THIS PATHWAYS WOULD CONNECT THE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS OF THE PROJECT TOGETHER.

TYPE Competition Urban Design

ORGANIZER

SHORTLISTED 2017

COLLABORATION Nahed Zmeter


1 Buildings to be demolished and replaced in the future

2 Redefining the boundaries of the site park

3 The Atomi building as a center for the site based on the main access points and community flow

4 Re-forming Atomi building to allow the park flow through it

5 Workplaces to be placed around a promenade that is lower in the level from the park, and is facing the south

6 A lower level courtyards to be added providing sun light and natural ventilation for the workplaces

7 Housing units to be placed in the site around the workplaces courtyards, Avoiding existing parks of Rälssipuisto

8 Adjusting the buildings height and rotation based on sun direction and to make a minimum of 20 m buffer space

9 Commercial facade to be added facing Dickursbyvagen street

10 Pathways for pedestrians and bikes to be created connecting the park, the housing units, the workplaces, and the Atomi building. Converting the huge urban block to smaller pedestrian blocks

11 Re-forming the buildings to provide multiple gardens and communal spaces in different levels


THE PROJECT CONSISTS OF FOUR MAIN ELEMENTS, THE PARK, THE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, THE WORKPLACES AND THE ATOMI BUILDING, THE DESIGN APPROACH IS BASED ON MAKING THE PARK THE MOST DOMINANT ELEMENT IN THE PROJECT IN THE SAME TIME MAKING ATOMI BUILDING THE MAIN CENTER OF THE SITE WHICH CAN BE ACCESSIBLE BY EVERYONE VIA THE PARK PATHWAYS AS IT CREATES THE COMMUNAL IDENTITY OF THE AREA, THE WORKPLACES IS PLACED IN A LOWER LEVEL FROM THE PARK AND IT IS ORGANIZED BY A LINER PROMENADE THAT IS 20 METER WIDE, THIS PROMENADE IS FACING THE SOUTH DIRECTION ALLOWING THE SUN LIGHT TO REACH THE WORKPLACES ALSO A SERIES OF COURTYARDS IS TO BE EXISTED IN THE LOWER LEVEL TO PROVIDE MORE SUNLIGHT AND NATURAL VENTILATION, THE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS TO BE ORGANIZED AROUND THIS COURTYARDS AND ITS HEIGHT IS VARIED BASED ON THE SUNLIGHT DIRECTION, AND IT CONSISTS OF SERIES OF GARDENS IN EVERY LEVEL PROVIDING PLACES FOR COMMUNITY TO SOCIALIZE IT ALSO PROVIDE A NATURAL VENTILATION AND A TINY FARMS FOR THE RESIDENTS, ALL THE PROJECT ELEMENTS ARE CONNECTED VIA PEDESTRIANS AND BIKES PATHWAYS WHICH CONVERTS THE HUGE URBAN BLOCK TO SMALLER PEDESTRIAN BLOCKS ALL THE ELEMENTS WERE DESIGNED THOUGHTFULY TO THE EXISTING STORMWATER STREAMS WHICH EXIST IN THE SITE TO CONTROLL THE STORMEATER INFILTRATION, ANOTHER STREAMS ARE PROPOSED TO BE ADDED IN THE SITE. THE CONCEPT OF THE FORMATION OF THE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IS TO CREATE COMMUNAL SPACES FOR COMMUNITY IN EACH LEVEL THAT ALLOWS THEM TO INTERACT AND SOCIALIZE OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES OF THE PRIVATE DWELLINGS THIS SPACES IS SHARED TERRACES GENERATED BY THE VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL SHIFTING OF THE RESIDENTIAL


The proposal is unique and beautifully presented. The best aspect of the proposal is the atmosphere in the housing clusters Competition Jury


With Stefano Boeri, and his partner Yibo Xu, at Stefano Boeri Architetti Studio, Shanghai, China.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE THROUGH MY FIVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE I HAVE WORKED FOR DIFFERENT HIGH LEVEL ARCHITECTURE STUDIOS PARTICIPATING IN HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT PROJECTS WITH VARIED TYPOLOGIES AND SCALES. MOST NOTABLY STEFANO BOERI ARCHITETTI IN SHANGHAI, CHINA, AND COMMUNITY DESIGN COLLABORATIVE IN CAIRO, EGYPT, AND COSMOS IN VALENCIA, SPAIN. IN THE NEXT FEW PAGES YOU WILL SEE SAMPLES OF THE WORK I HAVE PRODUCED WITH THESE STUDIOS THROUGH THE YEARS.. ALL THE FOLLOWING IMAGES WERE PRODUCED BY ME.


New York Vertical Forest SBA - New York, USA 2018


Flower Festival Main Pavilion SBA - Chongming Island, China 2018

Bright Shopping Mall SBA - Chongming Island, China 2019

Terracotta Warriors Museum Renovation SBA - Xian, China 2018


Sunning SUP’s Store SBA - Shanghai, China 2019

HI Time Shopping Mall SBA - Shanghai, China 2019

Dameisha Beach Masterplan SBA - Shenzhen, China 2019


Qianhai Coastal Landmark SBA - Shenzhen, China 2019

Tokyo Timber Vertical Forest SBA - Tokyo, Japan 2019


NEOM Masterplan SBA - Neom, Saudi Arabia 2019


OPPO Headquarter SBA - Shenzhen, China 2019

Museum Of Sex Renovation SBA - New York, USA 2018


Bright Masterplan Entrance Zone SBA - Chongming, China 2018

Qingdao Museum COSMOS - Qingdao, China 2019

Bright Shopping Mall SBA - Chongming Island, China 2019


Xiaomeisha Coastal Zone Planning SBA - Shenzhen, China 2019


Volume House Hotel Daipu Architects - Beijing, China 2017

Force Field Hutong Daipu Architects - Beijing, China 2018


Pasini Villa COSMOS - Verona, Italy 2019


Yuelai Expo Centre Sou Fujimoto Architects - Chongqing, China 2020


Shibuya Landmark Sou Fujimoto Architects - Tokyo, Japan 2020


The New San Siro Stadium SBA - Milan, Italy 2019


ALL THE PREVIOUS IMAGES AND ILLUSTRATION YOU SAW IN THE PORTFOLIO WAS PRODUCED BY ME. THE FIRST PART OF THE PORTFOLIO WAS 12 OF MY “INDIVIDUAL MADE” PROJECTS, AND THE SECOND PART I DID AS A PART OF A TEAM IN VARIOUS ARCHITECTURE STUDIOS.


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