Page 1

NICCOLO BOLDRIN • UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI


EDUCATION 2010-2014: University of Cincinnati, DAAP, Cincinnati, OH. • School of Architecture and Interior Design. • Master of Architecture, Class of 2014.

2003-2007: University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. • School of Theater Film and Television.

• Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees, June 2007.

EXPERIENCE January 2013 - April 2014: Graduate Assistant, University of Cincinnati • Currently a TA in computer skills class under Professor Ming Tang

July 2012-December 2012: Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, Miami, FL. • Worked in both the Architecture department as well as the Interior Design department.

• Followed international and local projects through different phases, from SD, DD and CD.

September 2011-December 2011: Gensler, Los Angeles, CA.

• Worked on several international and local projects with different teams throughout the firm.

2

• Focused on schematic design and design development.

March 2011-June 2011: Jorge Hernandez de la Garza, Mexico D.F, Mexico. • Worked on schematic design for several commercial and residential projects. • Assisted in the design development and construction document phases.

August 2010 – December 2010: AIA Practice Academy.

•Workshop series, in depth visits to several architecture firms. •Studied critical aspects of a practice’s organization, management and workflow.

SKILLS • Trilingual (English, Spanish, and Italian.) • Revit, Maya, Rhino, Grasshopper, Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design. • Drawing. • Photography.

MERITS • 2008 Emmy Nomination. • Co-founder of two production companies (Interstate 5; C.T.W.) • 2006 & 2007 Chuck Schneble Memorial Award.


CONTENTS University of Cincinnati Spines and Parasites

6 - 11

Housing Topology

12 - 17

Tectonic Studies

18 - 23

Professional Work Kobi Karp, Miami

26 - 27

Gensler, Los Angeles

28 - 29

JHG, Mexico D.F.

30 - 31

Fine Arts Drawing

34 - 37

Photography

38 - 41

niccolo boldrin

3


UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI


SPINES AND PARASITES 10 + 2 Week Studio Professors: Robert Burnham, Michael Zaretsky. Project: 10,000 SqF Wellness center and Spa. Location: Cranbrook campus, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In the attempt to incorporate the wellness center within the preexisting language of Cranbrook initiated by Saarinen, I pinpointed two disinct elements. Firstly, an pervasive use of a SPINE in most of the existing structures. Secondly, the creation of adjacencies and space by AFFIXING smaller volumes to the existing spine.

6


7


CENTRAL SPINE

Spine

Elevated

Internal

Parasitic

Spine + Attachments

Starting with campus design in general and Saarinen’s work at Cranbrook in particular, I focused on the duality of intimacy and openness produced by courtyards and quadrangles. Throughout the campus, Saarinen created a myriad of private places and public venues by altering the size and scale of his courtyards, as well as producing a continuous interaction between inside and outside. Saarinen also utilized scalar shifts in massing and openings in order to achieve the desired effects of intimacy and community.

8

After analyzing three possible sites, I focused on an area at the edge between a parking lot and a grove of trees.

Site Strategies


Campus Courtyards

Typical Courtyard North Eastern Perspective

Closed Volumetric Model

Open Volumetric Model

Spine as Circulation, Bay Model

Spine as Circulation, Bay Model

Spine as Circulation, Bay Model

Access and Pathways

Second Floor Circulation

First Floor Circulation

niccolo boldrin

9


PARASITES AND WALLS

Parasitic volumes attach themselves to the main spine, creating the additional spaces. The central spine contains the main pool area (pictured above) the main lobby, as well as private pool and wellness area for the guests. The parasitic volumes, which are affixed to the spine from above, within and from the sides, contain the library, restaurant, guest rooms, studio, massage therapy and pools (the latter two pictured above).

10


Section Through Entrance Lobby

Wall Study

Section Through Bay Model

Wall Study

Section Through Pool Area

niccolo boldrin

11


HOUSING TYPOLOGY 10 Week Studio. Professor: Stephen Slaughter. Project: Mixed-use/Housing. Location: Northside, Cincinnati, Ohio. The crossroads of Hamilton and Blue Rock, in Northside, presents itself as a catalyst for fortuitous eclecticism. Traffic and commuter ways, hipsters and elderly, passersby and residents collide on Hamilton without ever meshing. The intention with this Mixed-use development is a long-term, multi-phase influx of families that will create a permanent presence in Northside, therefore initiating an enduring heterogeneity of residents for the neighborhood.

12


13


TYPOLOGICAL TAXONOMY

Access

Infrastructure

Path

Path

Space

Space

Before approaching our individual designs, we spent a significant portion of the quarter investigating the characteristics and details of housing. We examined a series of existing housing projects throughout the world and individuated patterns and consistencies as well as unique characteristics of each. We were then able to combine our research into a book which explored and analyzed the housing typology.

14

Our findings from this initial research became the starting point for our individual designs.

Amenities

Parking

Relief

Relief

Full

Full


Fourth Floor

North East Perspective

Third Floor

Second Floor

North West Perspective

Activated Interior Courtyard

First Floor

niccolo boldrin

15


ACTIVATION OF DWELLING

Circulation

Relief Space

Communal Space

Private Space

My main focus was the dichotomy between the car traffic beyond the mixed-use complex, and the family activity within. I highlighted the playfulness and vitality of the young family, by activating the surface and form within the communal courtyard. Private balconies and communal spaces look over the courtyard and play area, creating a neighborhood within a neighborhood The external face of the complex is calmer, relating directly to the

16

businesses located on the street and to the linearity of vehicular movement through the area. The first floor is dedicated to retail in order to activate the sidewalk and begin to convert the area into a more walker friendly zone.


niccolo boldrin

17


TECTONIC STUDIES 10 Week Studio. Professor: Karl Wallick. Project: Field station for the University of Cincinnati’s Geography, Chemistry and Biology departments. Location: Shaker farm outside Cincinnati, Ohio. The program required an Auditorium, a Scholar’s residence, a Greenhouse, Laboratories, Offices, and Classrooms. My main focuses throughout the 10 weeks were in tectonics, through the scholar’s residence, and through integration of mass within frame when addressing the labs, offices and classrooms.

18


19


SITE STRATEGIES

Force Lines

Spatial Connectivity

Initial site analysis brought me to focus on four primary drivers for organization: Force Lines, Spatial Connectivity, Organizational Grids, and Site lines. Considering the expansive context of the field station. my initial consideration was to find an appropriate distribution to the different programmatic components.

20

Organizational Grids

The scholar’s residence became a vehicle for initial tectonic exploration. My main interest was to gain a better understanding of the effects of layering and furthermore how layering might influence my corners and joints. The simple rectangular shape of the residence allowed me to explore the interaction of differing levels of opacity and massing.

Site Lines

Site


Corner Condition Meeting the Sky

Roof Detail

Corner Condition Meeting the Ground

niccolo boldrin

21


MASS AND FRAME

The tectonic parallel I focused on when designing the classrooms and laboratories was to place a mass within a frame. The transparencies created by the assembly of the exterior wall would allow for the internal mass to be read from the exterior, without giving itself away fully.

22


Courtyards

Internal Volume

Lobby

Basic

Monolithic

Dynamic

Final

niccolo boldrin

23


PROFESSIONAL WORK


KOBI KARP Miami, FL 7/2012 - 12/2012 While working at Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, I spent time working in both the architecture and the Interior Design departments. There I picked up important skills in Interior design work, as well as crucial skills regarding design development, codes and zoning as well as specifications and scheduling. I was involved with several hospitality projects in Miami as well as two separate retail projects abroad.

All images courtesy of Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design 26


27


GENSLER Los Angeles, CA. 9/2011 - 12/2011 At the LA office of Gensler, I worked on several different teams in projects ranging from condominium housing, to the Broad Contemporary Museum to the Yongsan development in Korea. I worked in Presentation diagramming, physical modelling and 3-D modelling, mainly in the Schematic design phase of projects.

All images courtesy of Gensler 28


29


JORGE HERNANDEZ DE LA GARZA Mexico City, Mexico. 3/2010 - 6/2010 While at JHG, I worked in the schematic design and design development phase on residential and commercial projects. Work was carried out mainly in Autocad and Rhino.

All images courtesy of JHG 30


31


FINE ARTS


10 YEAR GAP 1998 - 2008 Charcoal, Pencil and Pen on Paper

34

niccoloboldrin@gmail.com


(612) 203 - 2338

35


MY LEFT HAND 2009 - 2010 Charcoal, Pencil, and Pen on Paper 2, 5 and 10 minute sketches

36


GRIFTER 2002 Charcoal on paper

(612) 203 - 2338

37


PERSPECTIVE 2010 Chicago

38

niccoloboldrin@gmail.com


LIGHTS 2008 Menorca

(612) 203 - 2338

39


MORE MIES 2010 Chicago

40

niccoloboldrin@gmail.com


PENSKE 2009 Somewhere in Nebraska

(612) 203 - 2338

41


niccoloboldrin@gmail.com

612 203 - 2338

Spring Portfolio 2013  

Architecture Portfolio from graduate studies at University of Cincinnati