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ARCHITECTUREPORTFOLIO nicoletta brancaccio

2015


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ABOUT ME

NICOLET TA BRANCACCIO >>>


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ABOUT ME...

I am going to try not to just list my skills and competences, but instead give you more of an idea of my professional profile. I’m an Italian Architect, living in Hong Kong and working here since december 2013. I graduated at Politecnico di Milano, and I conceived my master degree project in Paris, at the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Val de Seine”. I worked in Italy as Architect and I have experience of projects in Italy, France, Turkey, India, China and Hong Kong. I’m spending my life trying to be an active part in a process of knowledge: I travel, I read, I listen to music, but most of all I always keep my eyes open. I always try to be a good Architect, of course, but most of all I’m trying to understand what good Architcture should be...I think is the final point of a thinking process, the projection of the social structure on the ground. This means that the Architect can’t be a just a designer, they have to be much more. We have to design complexity but first of all we have to know what this is. Space is the most complex idea to understand, it belongs to math, philosophy and art, our role is defining this concept in the best way possible. When I play my violin I create the space of the sound, when I read my book I create the space of dreaming and when I look at a masterpiece I create a temporary space, a sort of heterotopias which links me and the object. This is an active way to understand the concept of space and, in my opinion, this is the only way to do it. So what is the role of a designer? We should be the buffer between the active user and the undefined space. We have to be curious, good observers, but most of all we should love life in all of its manifestations.


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PROJECT INDEX

PROJECT INDEX >>>


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UNITED NATION UNIVERSIT Y, Macau 2014


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UNITED NATION UNIVERSIT Y macau, sar china

2014-2015


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UNITED NATION UNIVERSIT Y, Macau, Sar China 2014


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ABOVE, Key materials used in the design process. Natural materials have been preferred. From the left to right: white stone, concrete, natural wood.

CONCEPT

The space of study and research requests privacy and sharing at the same time. This space can be geometrically shaped and visually connected at the same time, this has been the main goal of the project. The fundamental impetus for the design was based on grey scale tones in an effort to showcase the aesthetic and functional advantages of the chosen natural materials - wood and stone.

i ›CLIENT United Nation University ›YEAR 2014 ›STATUS Under construction ›PROJECT DESIGNER/MANAGEMENT Nicoletta Brancaccio/Monica Fung ›OFFICE Another Design International Project

IN THE PAGE BESIDE, view of the corridor and the staircase. This picture refers to the ground floor corridor, but the general arrangement and the use of materials is the same in all the floors.


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UNITED NATION UNIVERSIT Y, Macau, Sar China 2014

G R O U N D F LO O R L AYO U T

ABOVE, details of the light stripe in the corridor and the aluminum swing access panel.


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+ ABOVE, view of the cafeteria and the “private” staircase connecting the 3 levels

Another Design International was in charge to renew the United Nation University of Macau. This striking building was the result of expanding on a previous renovation, where only the external façades were salvaged from the original design.

ABOVE, view of the lecture ( and multifunctional) room and sketch of the same.

PAGE 8, view of the second floor layout plan and study of the furniture.


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UNITED NATION UNIVERSIT Y, Macau, Sar China 2014

2 F P R O P O S E D L AYO U T P L A N

STUDY OF FURNITURE

meetings

common spaces

executive

students areas

work table

chairs

seats

accessories

lighting


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The building envelop belongs to an old construction with an historical value, reason why has been kept in all the renovations so far. The goal of the latest renovation was to create an appropriate and comfortable environment to work and research. The space of offices, work stations and meeting rooms are defined by semi-transparent glass partitions. This allows the privacy of their own space to be well defined, but at the same time there is subtle visual communication among all the environments in the building.

PAGE 9, view of the third floor: glass wall and interiors


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PRIVATE HOUSE, Bari 2013

THIS PAGE, view of the private terrace on the upper floor accessible from the study/guest room.


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PRIVATE HOUSE bari, italy

2013-2014


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PRIVATE HOUSE, Bari 2013

ABOVE, materials used, from left to right: natural wood, white painting, dark wood, white alluminium.

CONCEPT

Wood and white. Specific request of a minimal house has been followed. The client wanted to feel free to buy furniture and to personalize his house with paintings, pictures and any kind of furniture.

i ›CLIENT Private ›YEAR 2013 ›STATUS Built ›PROJECT DESIGNER/MANAGEMENT Nicoletta Brancaccio, direct commitment ›OFFICE Nicoletta Brancaccio Design Architect


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L AYO U T P L A N 1

L AYO U T P L A N 1

ABOVE, 1F layout plan and second floor layout plan with terrace.


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PRIVATE HOUSE, Bari 2013

FRONTFACADES OF THE BUILDING

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The young couple, just got married, asked for a project which focused its attention on the space of sharing, they preferred a simple design that would make them free to change the arrangement of the furniture and the color of the same. A house in the perfect style of the south of Italy: big living rooms are preferred to bigger bedrooms.

ABOVE, Front elevations of the building.


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ABOVE, Images of the site under construction, following page images of the project finished.


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PRIVATE HOUSE, Bari 2013


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GUANGDONG HOTEL TSIM SHA TSUI, Hong Kong, Sar China, 2014


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TSIM SHA TSUI

TST is located in the south of Kowloon Peninsula and is one of the most famous area of the city. Known for its vibrancy it can give a good understanding of the local culture. It is a concentration of stores, shopping malls, restaurants and office buildings. It is characterized by a heavy traffic and the crowd of citizens and visitors.

GUANGDONG HOTEL TSIM SHA TSUI hong kong, sar china

2014

IN THE PAGE BESIDE, view of the building during the day. In the circle above. Sketcg of the TST Area with his emblematic signals.


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GUANGDONG HOTEL TSIM SHA TSUI, Hong Kong, Sar China, 2014

CONCEPT

The area of TST is easily recognizable from his signals, with blinking lights and huge Chinese characters. The Main idea was to use the existing prominent base as “signal” of the Hotel.

ABOVE ON THE RIGHT, sketch representing the main characteristic of this area: the large amount of signals crossing each other in this crowded and emblematic area of Hong Kong.

i ›CLIENT Guangdong Hotel (Invited

competition)

›YEAR 2014 ›STATUS Still in process ›PROJECT DESIGNER Nicoletta Brancaccio ›OFFICE Another Design International Project


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FACADE THECNICAL DRAWING

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The project is based on the idea of creating an innovative design which exploits the materials and the light. During the day the front is simple and elegant, in line with the standard GDH, during the evening hours Light is transmitted and reflected from the materials, giving to the building a special and eye-catching effect.


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GUANGDONG HOTEL TSIM SHA TSUI, Hong Kong, Sar China, 2014

TECHNICAL INFORMATION OF MATERIALS

FACADE CLADDING IN EXPANDED METAL PANEL DETAIL

Economical; Pratical and effective screening; Super corrosion resistance; High streght to weight ratio; Long term value; Allowes the passage of light; Aesthetic apperance;

FACADE CLADDING IN STAINLESS LOUVERS

Fire and heat resistance; Corrosion resistance; Easy cleaning ability; Long term value; Impact resistance; Streght-to-weight advantage; Aesthetic apperance;

FACADE CLADDING IN CONCRETE

Streght and durability; Low maintenance; Fire resistance; Long term value; Thermal mass; Locally produced and used; Affordable and economical;

EXPANDED METAL PANEL Axle spacing DL

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1350

Panel framework DI

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1270

Panel framework DC

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1100

Pillar T section

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50 x 50 x 7 - H 1500

Extrusion U

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20 x 20 x 20 x 2

Expanded metal

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110 x 52 x 24 x 1,5

Pillar weight

Kg

8,20

Panel weight

Kg

20,00


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FACADE CONSTRUCTION DETAIL

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The change of interior and outdoor lights gives always to the faรงade a new aspect, this makes the building to emerge from the context for its particularity and uniqueness. The material used is mostly the steel, which is lightweight and durable in order to not burden the building structure.

ABOVE, detail with specifications and dimension of the expanded metal panel.

FACADE CONSTRUCTION DETAIL

ABOVE IN THE OVAL, cross section of the protrusion of the faรงade showing the double faรงade detail.

ABOVE, detail of the joint between the metal panel and the existing faรงade.


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LIU VILLA, Guangzhoi, China 2014


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LIU VILLA guangzhou, china

2014


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LIU VILLA, Guangzhoi, China 2014

ABOVE, from the left to the right: Natural wood, marble, stainless steel, opaline glass.

CONCEPT

The client asked for a contemporary design, rich of details and materials. The main goal was to create a unique project, in the “family’ scale that incorporated different spaces with their own different identity.

i ›CLIENT Private ›YEAR 2014 ›STATUS Built ›PROJECT DESIGNER/MANAGEMENT Nicoletta Brancaccio/Pal Pang ›OFFICE Another Design International


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ABOVE, pictures of the site during the construction, specifically referred to staircase on the ground floor, ceiling on the last floor, windows.


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LIU VILLA, Guangzhoi, China 2014

PLAN LIU VILLA

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PAGE 28, GF Layout plan, view of the dining area, detail of the marble feature, detail of the book and wine shelves, detail of tv closet.

ABOVE, 1F layout plan, view of the family/guest room, detail of the ceiling feature.


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LIU VILLA, Guangzhoi, China 2014

PLAN LIU VILLA

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Characteristics of most of the Chinese houses today are lots of texture, mixing of antique furniture, slipcovers and loose fabrics and a lot of burnished metals and natural materials such as wood.

ABOVE, 2F layout plan, detail of the ceiling, Image of the master bedroom

PAGE 31, Cross sections A and B


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VILLA ELEVATION

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The client asked to follow this sort of tradition in an idea of elegance. We tried to combine classic elements with a modern aesthetic to create a simple and spare yet cozy and comfortable space. Antique armoires, chairs and benches in raw woods with strong lines mix with modern items pieces that mix wood and metal have been also used.


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THE CENTRE, Hong Kong, Sar China 2014


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THE CENTRE hong kong, sar china

2014

IN THIS PAGE, view of the steel structure of the building. Detail referred to the main lobby.


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THE CENTRE, Hong Kong, Sar China 2014

ABOVE, schemes of the executive lobby showing the studies of flows and accesses

CONCEPT

Innovation: elegance and pureness. Design has to combine the past and the future, when the first is the base for the second they merge creating a pleasant environment to leave.

i ›CLIENT The Centre Hong Kong

(invited

competition

›YEAR 2014 ›STATUS Under construction ›PROJECT DESIGNER/PROJECT MANAGEMENT Nicoletta Brancaccio/Riccardo Somaini/Louis Lee ›OFFICE Another Design International Project

won)


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E X EC U T I V E LO B BY L AYO U T P L A N

CONCEPT SCHEME

ABOVE, schemes of the architecture and studies of interiors, Plans, view of executive lobby, view of main lobby


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THE CENTRE, Hong Kong, Sar China 2014

E X EC U T I V E LO B BY L AYO U T P L A N

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Another design international won the competition to renew the interiors of the center of hong kong. The renovation of the center involves three different areas: the entrance lobby, the executive lift lobby and the executive toilet. our intent is to create a modern design respecting the previous one and working in the same direction of it in term of materials and architecture style. The design proposal focus its attention on the perception of light and colors, we preferred white marble for floors and the stainless steel or white aluminum for walls and details in order to emphasize light effects and to create pleasant atmosphere in the respect of the building mood.


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ABOVE, view of the escalator and the counter in the Main lobby.

BELOW, on the left plan of the main lobby; on the right view of the main lobby


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MTR HK AIRPORT, Hong Kong, Kong 2014 Sar China 2013


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MTR, HONG KONG AIRPORT hong kong, sar china

2013

IN THE PAGE BESIDE, views of the study for the MTR counter: speed, flow and efficiency have been the key words.


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MTR HK AIRPORT, Hong Kong, Sar China 2013

CONCEPT

The mirrored city needs to be connected in all his points. The networks, though built piecemeal, owned by different public and private stakeholders, and adjacent to different programs and uses, form a continuous space of variegated environments that serves as a fundamental public resource for the city.

i ›CLIENT MTR Hong Kong and HK International Airport (Invited competition) ›YEAR 2013 ›STATUS Competition lost ›PROJECT DESIGNER Nicoletta Brancaccio ›OFFICE Another Design International Project

ABOVE ON THE RIGHT, sketch representing the concept: the mirrored city and the continuous flow.

IN THE PAGE BESIDE, from up to down, plan of the counter and 3D explosion of it.


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HONG KONG: NO GROUND CITY

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The continuous network and the microclimates of temperature, humidity, noise and smell which differentiate it constitute an entirely new form of urban spatial hierarchy. While space in the city may be continuous, plumes of temperature differential or air particle intensity demonstrate that environments are far from equal. It is like a city made by different environments kept together by the fast connections. MTR in this has a focal role: is the fastest way to join every part of the city skipping the traffic gem. This project try to synthesize the concept of movement and connection giving a eye catching shape to the MTR counter in order to be seen and easily recognizable from each point in the area.

HONG KONG: NO GROUND CITY


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MULTIFUNCIONAL AREA IN AGNO, Lugano, Switzerland, 2012


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M U LT I F U N C I O N A L A R E A I N A G N O lugano, switzerland

2013

IN THIS PAGE, Iview of the open area, the hotel (wooden facade) and the campus (in the back)


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MULTIFUNCIONAL AREA IN AGNO, Lugano, Switzerland, 2012

ABOVE, 3D study of the building, showing the central part of the master plan: hotel, students dormitory and nursing home.

CONCEPT

Mixing functions: giving back to the area of the airport a dignity as part of the city of Lugano and not only a urban border.

i ›CLIENT Private ›YEAR 2012 ›STATUS Competition, 2nd place ›PROJECT DESIGNER Nicoletta Brancaccio, Umberto Calloni, Filippo Giordano, Gloria Giustina ›OFFICE Studio di Architettura HCC


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PLAN

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The project expands on an area of ​​17 800 square meters , currently occupied by a disused hotel. The area is in a condition of degradation , but is characterized by multiple potentials. The analysis of the status quo has constituted the starting point of the project. The idea was to give the city a multifunctional space, characterized by the presence of green areas.

Another fundamental element of analysis, and then to project, it was the study of the functions settlement. Among the problems of this part of the city there is the vehicular traffic, linked to strategic location. In this regard the student residence and the elderly are a effective response to the sweet circulation. The students in particular, are a category that accomplishes the will to restore vitality and quality of spaces, generating a stream of people not necessarily dependent from the presence of the airport.

ABOVE, general master plan, study of accesses and circulations, general floor layout plan.


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MULTIFUNCIONAL IN 2014 AGNO, Lugano, Switzerland, 2012 PIAZZA PIEMONTE, AREA Lugano

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ABOVE, sketch showing the open area: the garden in between the auditorium, the hotel and the student buildings.

PLAN

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Many of these functions are placed in an area elevated , but accessible to all buildings, which is configured as a ring, a kind of space of re-union, that connects the upper areas and protects the bottom, creating an open square, within the area under the park .

ABOVE, master plan of the new project view in relation with the adjacent airport.


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PLAN

ABOVE, elevation showing the south side of the master plan: Hotel and students resident.

PROSPECT

ABOVE, elevations of the entire area, starting from the east, following: west, north and south.


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TOWER ORIANI, Milano 2013


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TOWER ORIANI BARNABA milano, italy

2012-2013


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TOWER ORIANI, Milano 2013

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ABOVE, scheme of the design process

CONCEPT

The goal of this project was to build a sustainable building in an industrial area of the city, optimizing the available space and the GFA. Commercial functions are on the ground floor and residential use is preview in the upper floors.

i ›CLIENT Private developer ›YEAR 2012-2013 ›STATUS Under construction ›PROJECT DESIGNER/PROJECT MANAGEMENT Nicoletta Brancaccio/Umberto Calloni/Filippo Giordano ›OFFICE Studio di Architettura HCC


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ORIANI PLAN

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ABOVE, layout plan of the typical plan and below the typical lofts plan (every floor is endowed of lofts).

Studio HCC was in charge to design and follow the construction process of this tower. This area, located in the north east of Milan, is characterized by a huge presence of industries and office buildings, but the city is growing and this is one of the first areas directly out of the centre, therefore interested by this expansion.


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TOWER ORIANI, Milano 2013

ORIANI FACADE

ORIANI SECTION


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This project is an attempt to create spaces pleasant for normal life, providing open terraces with the possibility to cultivate plants inside. The project has been presented to the municipality in the 2013 and has already been approved. It is now under construction.

PAGE 50, from up to down, Masterplan and cross section of the building.

IN THIS PAGE, from up to down, 3D visualization of the building and front faรงade.

ORIANI FACADE


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HOTEL ADMIRAL Lugano 2012


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HOTEL ADMIRAL **** lugano, switzerland

2012

BESIDE, view of two typical rooms and a typical bathroom


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HOTEL ADMIRAL Lugano 2012

CONCEPT

The Admiral Hotel Company bought the old holiday Inn of Logan and enrolled studio HCC to renew and most of all to re brand the hotel.

i ›CLIENT Admiral Hotel ›YEAR 2012 ›STATUS Built ›PROJECT DESIGNER/MANAGEMENT Umberto Colloni/Nicoletta Brancaccio/Sikura Gestioni ›OFFICE Sikura Gestioni


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ABOVE, view of the entrance of the hotel that has been completely re designed creating a new open dining space.

IN THE PAGE BESIDE, technical draw of the frontal elevation.

BESIDE, IN THIS PAGE, layout plan of the ground floor, where are located the reception, bar and restaurant.

BELOW, picture of the new reception.


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HOTEL ADMIRAL Lugano 2012

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The Hotel Admiral Lugano is located in the Paradiso district, within walking distance of the beautiful shores of Lake Logan and the cable car station of Monte San Salvatore.

ABOVE IN THE CIRCLES, drawings showing some elevations referred to the ground floor: reception, library, bar and restaurant.


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STUDY OF LAMPS

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We had to define a high standard hotel, which offered free wellness facilities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sport room, sauna and most of all comfortable and pleasant rooms and dining spaces. They asked also for the detailed design of lighting and furniture and to emphasise the direct light in the private rooms.

ABOVE, detail of the proposed lighting for the reading area.

ABOVE AND BESIDE, rendering of the coffee and relaxing area and picture of the reading/waiting area.


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PIAZZA PIEMONTE, Lugano 2013


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PIAZZA PIEMONTE milano, italy

2012

IN THIS PAGE, view of “Le tre Grazie” made by Salvatore Fiume, Italian painter, sculptor, architect, writer and stage designer.


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PIAZZA PIEMONTE, Milano 2012

ABOVE, picture of the sculpture from the back in relation with the square and the city of Milan.

CONCEPT

The family Fiume, gave to the city of Milan this nice sculpture as a gift in memory of the dead artist. Studio HCC was enrolled to design the square (Piazza Piemonte) where this masterpiece would have been positioned. The project has been completed in 2013.

i ›CLIENT Milan Municipality ›YEAR 2011-2012 ›STATUS Built ›PROJECT DESIGNER/MANAGEMENT Umberto Colloni/Nicoletta Brancaccio/Filippo Giordano ›OFFICE Studio di Architettura HCC


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PLAN

ABOVE, picture of the sculpture from the back in relation with the square and the city of Milan.

ABOVE, from up to down, plan of Piazza Piemonte, urban sections.


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PIAZZA PIEMONTE, Milano 2012

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ABOVE, from up to down, frontal view of the sculpture, plan and elevations of the stage and the sculpture.

Fiume created remarkably big sculptures, such as Le tre grazie, from the plasticine model to the final form in painted resin: a considerable commitment which, according to his relatives, contributed to undermine the artist’s health. His production includes works in stone, bronze, resin, wood and ceramics, some of which are sizeable, as the bronze statue at the European Parliament of Strasbourg, the stone groups at the San Raffaele hospitals of Milan and Rome and the bronze group for the Wine Fountain in Marsala.


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ABOVE, construction detail of the components of the stage


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PIAZZA LE PERIPH, PIEMONTE, Paris 2010 Macau 2014


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PARIS

The City of Paris in completely surrounded by the Boulevard Périphérique, a beltway road and Paris’ main freeway/highway, winding around the city limits in a double loop. Known to Parisians as simply “Le Périph”. It is a barrier and an icon in the same time, it divides the city from the “banlieu” (suburbs) and is one of the busiest highways in Europe, well-known for its traffic jams, confusing freeway signs, large presence of industrial vehicles and noisy scooters weaving in and out of traffic.

A NEW INTERPRETATION OF THE PÉRIPHÉRIQUE The case of Issy les Moulineaux paris, france

2010

IN THIS PAGE BESIDE, new Master plan for the area of Issy les Moulineaux


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LE PERIPH, Paris 2010

ABOVE, analysis of the traffic: main transports at this moment and possible conversion.

CONCEPT

In an area where the dominant functions are industrial and logistic, the traffic is high and the environment not pleasant for leaving. The project tries to Mix functions respecting the nature of the place improving the quality of the environment.

i ›CLIENT Municipality of Paris ›YEAR 2010 ›STATUS Urban Study ›PROJECT DESIGNER Nicoletta Brancaccio ›OFFICE Politecnico di Milano and Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Aaris-Val de Seine


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BOULEVARD PHÉRIPHÉRIQUE

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The first part of the thesis is an analysis of the Périphérique that looks like an infrastructure marked by a conceptual dualism that sees it either as an insurmountable barrier, or as an integral part of the city of Paris.

IN THIS PAGE, analysis of the Boulevard pheripherique: New projects on the area, morphological configuration of the boulevard and section explaining the different levels of the infrastructure.


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LE PERIPH, Paris 2010

LE MULINEAUX, MASTERPLAN

U R B A N A N A LY S I S


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LE GRAND PARIS

T H E T R A MWAY: P R E - P O S T

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The project realizes a cultural area, in order to reduce the problem of traffic (young people, tourists and students prefer public transport to cars). In this way also the quality of the space will be improved. The project investigates the current situation of an area close to the Boulevard PĂŠriphĂŠrique, in particular the district of Issy les Moulineaux. After careful analysis there was the attempt to design a possible solution for this area. I tried to emphasize the natural and landscaped potential of the district, trying to not alter the nature and the morphology of the territory.

PAGE 76, Urban Analysis of Issy les Moulineaux.

ABOVE, renovation of the tram way. The line is now interrupted but connects due important areas of the city


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LE PERIPH, Paris 2010

BESIDE, analysis of the potentials present in this area: Three parks easily connectable, good network of infrastructure, huge riverside walk, exposition and cultural centres, proximity to the city centre and main attractions.

ABOVE, analysis of the transport network (public and private).

BESIDE, site Intentions: Connecting the three parks, breaking the barrier, improving the environment.

BESIDE, 3D study of the volumes and possible shape of the physical connection between the riverside and the project area.

DOWN IN BOTH PAGES, uban section showing the area of Issy Les Moulineaux.


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BESIDE, zoom ion the new catwalk : the new infrastructure connecting the sea side and the new designed area.

DESIGN PROPOSAL: F E E L I N G T H E C I T Y, WA L K I N G THROUGH PARIS’ ICONS

ABOVE, lens positioned on the catwalk showing from each angle some of the icons of the city.

BESIDE, sketch of the catwalk connecting the river side to the city.


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