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Interior Design Student Portfolio Nada A. Salem


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NADA AHMED SALEM American Unveristy of Sharjah I College of Architecture, Art , and Design ADDRESS Manazel Al Safa, 3303, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai, UAE 52065 TELEPHONE (971) - 567 - 789 - 5901 EMAIL nada.a.salem2@gmail.com g00040370@aus.edu

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table of contents


Academic Work

01. Wood Work 2011,2013

A selection of wood productions

02. The Wall/Bathing Space

Spring 2013 I 2nd year Design Studio

A brick wall design and its manifestation in a bathing space interior for a single user.

03. The Courtyard House

Spring 2013 I 2nd year Design Studio

A live/work space for an artist.

04. Parasite

Fall 2013 I 3rd year Design Studio

Modular parasitic units for prayer.

05. The Air Streamer

Spring 2014 I 3rd year Design Studio

The interior of an Air Streamer for a 2 person band.

Supplements

06. Art Work 2011-2013

A selection of freehand drawings, sketches and paintings.

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Academic Work / 2011 / Wood Work Foundation’s Design Studio

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Wood Work Modular System/Joinery

This project was an introduction to wood fabrication, where different tools and machinery were used to develop a modular system. These machinery include the band saw, miter saw, scroll saw, the drill press, the belt sander, the disc sander, the surface planer and many more. Several materials were integrated with wood to create this particular type of joinery including threaded metal rods and acrylic.


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Academic Work / 2011 / Wood Work Foundation’s Design Studio

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Wood Work Sand Drawing Tool

From the modular system, the joinery technique was manifested to create a sand drawing tool. The tool is composed of 3 parts: the interface, the shaft and the drawing utility. The interface was cut and sanded to enhance and ease human interaction, and the threaded steel rods were not only used for joinery but were also used in drawing together with the pointed head. The image on the right shows the imprint of the tool on the sand.


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Academic Work / 2014 / Wood Work Furniture Design Basics Class

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Wood Work Wood and Twine Integration

This was a quick excersize to practice joinery and wood cutting. Double corner bridle joints connect four vertical and four horizontal wood pieces to create the base of the piece. Then, a grid system of ropes creates the top of the piece together with four dowels on the edges. In order to successfully integrate the rope with the wood, 2 systems are adopted. First of all, a series of holes are drilled in the wooden pieces to allow for the weaving of the rope. The rope ,then, wraps around wooden dowels at the edges. The grid created by the ropes is very orthogonal and controlled. This arrangement was intentional in order to respond to and reflect the shape of the joints created.


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Academic Work / 2013 / The Wall-Bathing Space 2nd Year Studio

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The Wall Different Operations on a Brick Wall

This project examined the meaning or the archetype of the word “wall�. Using Roman bricks as modules, different operations were used in an attempt to alter, challenge and design the traditional brick wall. The operations used here include pushing/pulling, and shifting to create voids.All the operations were extremely gradual resulting in a curvilinear outline of the wall. It starts very dynamic with the biggest intensity of voids and pushing forward, and then that activity is gradually reduced towards the end. The pictures show a 1:10 scaled physical model that was made out of almost 2000 MDF rectangular pieces.


The gradual gradation in void size occurring vertically

The gradual gradation in void size occurring horizontally

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Academic Work / 2013 / The Wall-Bathing Space 2nd Year Studio

The nature and texture of the brick wall itself as well as the gradual, smooth, and subtle gradation in its form and in its voids’ size were used further to evoke a certain feeling to the interior of a bathing space. That space was intended for a single user, where he/ she would practice the “ritual” of bathing. The bathing space is an escapist, isolated and solitary space that requires certain qualities of tranquillity and serenity. The brick wall helped provide some of these qualities. Also, its curvillinear outline helped in drawing people in when used as a wall plane in the bathing space.


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PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

Top, Front and Right side views


Academic Work / 2013 / The Wall-Bathing Space 2nd Year Studio

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The Bathing Space

Function: Client: Materials:

Bathing/ Relaxation/ Detachment A single user Brick, Wood, Stainless Steel

A Brick Wall Application


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Academic Work / 2013 / The Courtyard House 2nd Year Studio

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The Courtyard House

Location:

Bastikyia, Dubai, UAE

Function:

Living/ working/ receiving guests/reading

Client:

A painter/ an artist

Materials:

Wood/ Brick/ Glazing

Objective:

The existing shell was that of a traditional Emirati house, where

Live/Work Space

the courtyard plays an extremely important role. In the project, the painter/artist gets to experience the courtyard visually from every single room, whether he/she are working, reading, relaxing, entertaining guests, ... etc. This creates continuity among the different rooms. The notion of “niches” is extensively used in the project to provide different functions whether it is a sunken seating, a bookcase, a lounging or sitting enclosure, etc. These niches are reminiscent of the traditional niches found in the traditional Emirati aisles or “sikkas”. The project also examines the relationship between public/ semi-private and private spaces. This is taken into consideration when dealing with surface materials, and the furniture typologies.


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Academic Work / 2013 / The Courtyard House 2nd Year Studio

Study/ Library


Living Room

Bedroom

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Academic Work / 2013 / The Courtyard House 2nd Year Studio


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Academic Work / 2013 / Parasite / Prayer Modules 3rd Year Studio

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Parasite

Location:

Transportable

e.g: on-campus buildings

Function:

Praying/ meditating

Client:

A single person

Materials:

Monocoque

Objective:

Prayer or any other kind of

Prayer Modules

spiritual and meditative act requires four essential factors; time, direction, shelter and privacy. The parasite project required the creation of a parasitic enclosure in the CAAD (College of Architecture, Art and Design) building at AUS (the American University of Sharjah) in order to allow people to properly perform a certain function. Because most academic buildings don’t have a dedicated prayer space or at least one that would be private and comfortable enough, I thought of creating my parasite to function as a prayer space. This parasite is a module that can be used in different combinations. It is composed of 2 floors, in which one would first perform ablution, take the circular staircase down before reaching the prayer space. Prayer is more of a process and a transition from one state to another. It should feel like one is “stepping into another world”. I attempted to convey that feeling by using curvilinear surfaces and planes and by using a gradating “Maharabyiah” pattern that would draw the user in and would also create opportunities for the interplay of light.


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Academic Work / 2013 / Parasite / Prayer Modules 3rd Year Studio

Plan 1

Plan 2

Ablution Space

Section


Transition Space

Prayer Space

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The plan shows a possible layout for the modules in the CAAD building. They act as parasites and are easily accessible by the users. Shown is another alteration for the module, which is a free standing one-story unit that can be used for any spiritual act and can be used by a number of users.

Elevation

Academic Work / 2013 / Parasite / Prayer Modules 3rd Year Studio


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Academic Work / 2013 / Parasite / Prayer Modules 3rd Year Studio


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Academic Work / 2014 / Air Streamer 3rd Year Studio

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Air Streamer A transportable house


Client:

A 2 person band/ Brother and sister twins

Needs

Storage of musical instruments, audio equipment, foldable stools,musical sheets

Objective

This project involved working closely with the various needs of 2 particular clients.Not only

did I try to fulfil their needs and requirements but I used those requirements as hints to inform

my design decisions and the overall aesthetic of the space. The storage units are treated as

elements of display rather than just storage compartments.

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Academic Work / 2014 / Air Streamer 3rd Year Studio

Cut-away Section 1

Cut-away Section 2

Bathroom

Bedroom

Kitchen

Living Room


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Supplements / 2013 / Art Work / Paintings Color Practice Painting Studio

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Art Work Oil Paintings (Portrait/Cityscape)

Both paintings were created during a painting studio that was particularly focused on the use of color and the different painting techniques.The portrait was intended to be a realistic depiction of someone, and the colors used were complementary (orange and blue).The cityscape painting used palette knives to create depth, and the colors used gave a sense of proximity. The more muted the building was, the further it was from the observer.

OIL ON CANVAS 61 x 51 cm Sable Brushes


OIL ON CANVAS 120 x 80 cm Palette Knife

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Supplements / 2011 / Art Work / Drawings Free-Hand Drawing Class

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Art Work Free-Hand/ 1 point perspective

This drawing depicts the colonnade of one of the on campus buildings. It is intended to realistically depict this setting and to convey a sense of perspective. Pencil shading has been used to convey materiality as well as the shadows created due to the direction of the sun at the time.


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thank

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nada.a.salem2@gmail.com g00040370@aus.edu


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