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monika maleszewska MONIKA MALESZEWSKA


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monika maleszewska

PORTFOLIO

cell 647 402 8406 monika.maleszewska@utoronto.ca MONIKA MALESZEWSKA


brew-ha-ha MONIKA MALESZEWSKA

with Negar Jazbi. M.Arch II_comprehensive studio


BOUTIQUE HOTEL

ROOFTOP GARDENS

PUBLIC SPACES

HOTEL SUITES

ROOFTOP GARDENS

PUBLIC SPACES

HOTEL SUITES

Cities and nations have reacted to today’s global market with the desire to establish local identity and culture in a shrinking world. Consumer patterns are also reacting in a similar way; the Fordist consumer wanted what their neighbours had, whereas today’s consumer would prefer something more unique. This phenomenon is exemplified in the changing hotel industry: there is a renaissance of the boutique hotel which, in its scale and context, provides a more authentic and cultural experience for the tourist. The process of boutique hotel design requires an understanding of local context and culture, in this case Queen West, Toronto’s Art & Design District. MONIKA MALESZEWSKA


The Brew-ha-ha gives hints of its public core at certain instances in the facade, but it leaves most of it a mystery. The hotel is wrapped with glazing where public activity meets the skin, and with balcony doors and diamond screens where it meets hotel suites. The diamond screen system, when operated, starts layer and overlap, giving the facade infinite pattern possibilities and making it highly dynamic. The hotel is an extension and an expression of the culture of Queen Street West.

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Queen Street West is Toronto’s Art and Design district; nearly every storefront on its north side is either a gallery, bar or a nightclub. The Queen west strip has a particular climate and draws a very unique clientèle; it is funky, human scaled and lively. Visitors to the neighbourhood want to be

immersed in the very characteristics that define its reputation. The Brew-ha-ha Hotel sprung from the desire to allow the Queen West visitor to directly participate in the arts culture of the strip. The heavy programmatic requirements for the establishment and the constraints of site zoning

led to a design which mixes programs, creating hybrid and customizable event spaces, in a manner unconventional for hotels, but particularly fitting for a hotel located on Queen West.

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top half of the exterior skin stays in place, while the bottom half slides out to create a balcony

floor slab acts as sitting surface for the balcony

the top folding window folds out to create a doorway to the balcony, while it also acts as sun shading device

green wall

PUBLIC

PUBLIC

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PRIVATE

CIRCULATION

CIRCULATION

PRIVATE

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PUBLIC

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PUBLIC

SECTIONAL DIAGRAM

The Brew-ha-ha hotel does not divide public and private programs, bur rather embraces events and activity on every level, weaving the public and private in an intricate framework. The street level meets a ramp which marks the beginning of a programmed ribbon making its way through a 4.5 storey hotel to a public exterior rooftop patio. On one’s journey upwards one is led through numerous potential event spaces created through the widening and narrowing of the ramp. The entire hotel becomes an event focused around a sunken theatre visible from all internal ramps. The ramp swallows the hovering meeting rooms, utilizing their rooftops as event platforms. All the programmed ramp elements are visually and physically connected, allowing for numerous scales of events. The public space is enclosed by the private hotel suites, giving visitors constant visual access to the action taking place on site.

SECTIONAL DIAGRAM

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FLOOR 1/2

FLOOR 2/3

FLOOR 3/4

*A brouhaha is a clamorous response to a stimulus, produced by a crowd. It can also refer to the reaction expressed over a period of time to an event. It can carry negative connotations, the uproar being an utterance of discontent, however it has taken on a milder nuance and a ‘brouhaha’ may be used to describe a clamour arising for no good reason or out of excitement. -Dictionary.com MONIKA MALESZEWSKA


PHYSICALLY IMPERMEABLE VISUALLY IMPERMEABLE

PHYSICALLY PERMEABLE

VISUALLY PERMEABLE

HISTORIC SUBURBAN HOME CIRCULATION

DIAGRAMATIC SECTION A

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M.Arch II_metropolis studio


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The Suburban Relics design project emerged from a metropolis studio where students were given the opportunity to shape future cities, and where the suburban single family house condition was made obsolete. This project explores the “historic” suburb and particularly the no longer existent adjacency of the suburb to the city’s most valued real-estate, the Toronto ravine system.

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ROOFTOP GARDENS

GALLERY 4 GALLERY 3

GALLERY 2

GALLERY 1

HISTORIC SUBURBAN HOME MAIN EXHIBIT

INFORMATION DESK & TICKET BOOTH

OPEN TO BELOW

THEATER

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C

B

A


TYPICAL SUBURBAN HOUSE AND LOT

LOT AS VOLUME

FREEING UP THE GROUND PLAN

In the metropolis studio the strip of land bordering ravines was rezoned: private lots owned by the privileged few were displaced by more democratic, public uses. The Suburban Relics project preserves lot and house dimensions of the typical pre-existing suburb in its design. The project takes what was once private and a barrier from Toronto’s natural system, and manipulates the positioning of its elements (without changing their proportions ) in such a way as to make the building a gateway into the ravine. It makes a museum out of the suburban model, puts it on display, and by doing so makes it public and accessible.

2000 ZONING: LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL_ RAVINE

2030 ZONING: CULTURAL RIBBON_ RAVINE

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CREATING A PERMEABLE BOUNDARY


pier 30/32 MONIKA MALESZEWSKA

M.Arch I_San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO

Legend

Legend Bay Trail proposed Bay Trail connections Ridge Trail proposed Ridge Trail connections proposed Water Trail

Ferry proposed Ferry

Wildlife Refuge water entry points

Legend Bay Trail proposed Bay Trail connections Ridge Trail proposed Ridge Trail connections proposed Water Trail Ferry proposed Ferry transit lines proposed transit-trail connections transit stations Wildlife Refuge water entry points

Pier 30/32 started with a San Francisco trip and a mapping exercise which aimed to understand SF’s role in the Bay area network. The area is connected through an array of loops and trails, with many opportunities for modal interchange. SF is a modal converger, a place where all travel modes exist in great proximity.

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TERMINAL + The studio was based on a site in San Francisco, which is currently home to an oversized parking lot in piers 30/32 of San Francisco’s main port. The idea behind the studio was to design a terminal that would not only serve as a terminal but also address other aspects of the area’s coastal condition. The project speaks to the potential of the bay to act as a node that would tie together many transportation modes; it also addresses coastal ecology and the natural aspects associated with the coastal condition. Pedestrian nature trails, public transit routes, automobile traffic and ferry transit find a way to coexist and connect in a unique condition on Pier 30/32.

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The terminal project has an architectural and structural language that resolves the issues of movement and access, program and use, siting and orientation, and materiality. Drawing inspiration from driftwood collecting at the edge of the bay, the project tries to distill logic and create a functional system of organization as well as an architectural language based on this seemingly random process.

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9 de julio with Galeano.Mohammadi.Pinto.Suraga M.Arch III_global architecture

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URBAN PARASITE Avenida 9 de Julio is an avenue in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The avenue spans 7 lanes in each direction and is flanked on either side by streets with an additional 4 lanes, all serving vehicular traffic. A fissure in the city center fabric, collectively spanning more than a city block, the avenue’s sheer width acts as an inhibitor of movement for both cars and pedestrians. In a global architecture workshop, collaborating with students from the University of Buenos Aires, schemes were devised for the future fate of the avenue. In this scheme, the avenue is sunken underground to allow uninterrupted vehicular movement, and to reclaim the oversized Avenida 9 de Julio for pedestrian and civic activities. A parasitic structure latches itself onto the established city fabric, plastically filling the void, and molding in calculated ways to existing programmatic adjacencies to giving the crowded city spill-over space for its public activities. MONIKA MALESZEWSKA


00.services 00.services

01.mixed 01.mixed loading and unloading loading and unloading parking parking

02.exhibition 02.exhibition

04.mixed 04.mixed

node 2.MOP officesoffices node 2.MOP

node 3.exhibition hall hall node 3.exhibition

node 4.exhibition hall hall node 4.exhibition

green green space space

exhibition spacesspaces and and exhibition meeting roomsrooms meeting

restaurant extension restaurant extension

node 5.MOP green green space space node 5.MOP

node 1.hotel green green spacepspacep node 1.hotel

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03.mixed 03.mixed

restaurants and entertainment restaurants and entertainment


The structure keeps hard programming to a minimum; it mixes interior and exterior spaces and allows spaces to change depending on season and necessity. The layers undulate to facilitate the penetration of sunlight into lower levels, creating optimal conditions for park spaces, of which there is a distinct shortage in the city.

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103 jefferson

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103 JEFFERSON STREET

Dealing with a mere 12m by 30m site and an existing urban fabric averaging 3 to 4 stories in height, a scheme for a building was devised that complies with the dimensions of the Liberty Village urban landscape. The project began with a 4 story, 12m by 30m solid, from which mass was carved out. Only that which was necessary for circulation was eliminated, leaving a compact form much fitting with the existing dense buildup.

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SECOND FLOOR

SECTION

FRONT ELEVATION

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Challenged by plain, information–bereft elevations, material was used to read meaning into the building shell. Wood became a medium for the addition of a layer of information to the project; it started to highlight certain programmatic components by means of wrapping. Material encoded the inside on the outside.

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water park MONIKA MALESZEWSKA


PLAN: PARK & FACILITIES

The park plan minimizes enclosure while still fulfilling enclosuredemanding programmatic requirements. The washroom and changeroom facilities are a porous structure permitting passage and air circulation.

SHADOW DIAGRAM

The shadow diagram highlights the subtle level changes that create the quiet, meditative landscape. The water park is a sunken pool of water atop of which ‘floats’ a system of concrete planes.

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elevator charging area

silo loading

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NmG return

NmG pick-up

shade park

M.Arch III_NmG Option Studio


SOLAR SILOS The project deals with the car, and more specifically with the scarcity of parking space in a city environment. The studio was a collaboration with Myers Motors of Tallmadge, Ohio, the manufacturers of the NmG-a battery powered personal vehicle. The plan 1:1000 Shade Park project, a facility designed exclusively for the NmG car, was conceived with the aims of minimizing the footprint of parking and resultantly creating more public space, with the ultimate goal of building a friendlier city. The facility created is a personal public transit facility, which works wtih the larger Toronto site plan public transit system. Since car 1:1000 travel is here to stay and most car trips are 1 passanger trips, the NmG car was used as a driver in decreasing urban congestion and diminishing parking demand in Toronto, while at the same time lessening the car’s environmental impacts. circulation_ movement 1:1000

solar shroud

campus

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PARKING SILOS

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SHADE PARK

SHOPPING


ONE WAY TRAFFIC PUBLIC LANEWAYS STREETCARS

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250 100

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Electric cars are systematically blamed for creating the same environemtal problems as gasoline cars, but simply doing it elsewhere. To fight this claim, the Toronto car park investigates on-site green technologies to power its electric vehicles, relying heaviliy on solar power. A photo-

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voltaic shroud blankets the entire facility, collecting solar energy to continually charge drained vehicle batteries. The facility has a 294 vehicle space capacity, each car with a fuel capacity of 6.24 kWh. The total panel area embedded in the solar shroud is 2200 m.

sq., with a typical panel efficiency of 97 watts/m. sq., producing 213.4 kW. An average of 5 hours of sunlight/day gives us 1067 kWh of energy, with which we can power 170 vehicles. Using only the solar power which falls on the facility site, we can power nearly 60% of the facility’s vehicles.

north elevation 1:100


The NmG is a vehicle with a lot of idle time; a 6 hour charging period is required to fully replenish a drained battery. Considering this aspect of the car, an efficient storage design was required to respond to the vehicle’s down time. The proposition is a “stacked pie” design, a smart machine which allows for selective access to vehicles which have reached the highest level of charge.

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plastic networks with Carmine Rotondo. M.Arch II_Vis Com

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ELEMENT VARIATIONS

ELEMENT STACKING

ELEMENT STACKING

+ LAYERING ASSEMBLY VARIATIONS : PLAN VIEWS

2 ELEMENTS

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HINGE + ROW CONNECTOR

LOCK

LAYER CONNECTOR

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HINGE/LOCK (LEFT)

The project explores how digital media plays a role in defining new systems of assembly. How do digital tools create new potentials in material exploration? How can we explore geometric possibilities that will lead to new organizational methods and building components? Can we explore a more complex understanding of assembly systems in order to address more complicated design issues?

WEAK NETWORK (RIGHT) The project explores the concept of connection. Through the repetition of a knot, a loosely connected surface is created. The surface can be effortlessly shaped into a form, a three dimensional artifact which has the potential to loop and seamlessly continue to infinity. The emergent form is ephemeral, malleable and changing; it has memory. MONIKA MALESZEWSKA


sketches Observations_Ideas

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SUNKEN GLASS TENT

Create architecture that remembers the earth’s precedence. The form that is there is part of the landscape and in harmony with it. Before you remove the earth, document its form. When you design reproduce that form. Seamlessly transform the form into something functional. Then insert the form back into the landscape.

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future bakery Graphic Design_Identity MONIKA MALESZEWSKA


ANNEX A staple with the young, urban and artsy folk, Future Bakery is a popular destination with the university crowd. It provides a creative atmosphere for couples, friends and family to share coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner or desserts.

Run down with years of transitions and popularity, the local hang-out is in much need of a renovation and a cohesive, defined identity. This project tries to establish a graphic identity for the neighbourhood bakery; it does so in a fun, playful fashion, one which reflects the funky urban atmosphere of the establishment.

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ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO  

A compilation of architecture projects from undergrad till the end of gradschool.