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ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO

NOA BARAK S E L ECT E D WO R KS

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CONTENTS This portfolio showcases selected works from my four year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture degree as well as the first year of M.Arch at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with the exception of one year that was spent studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland at the University College of Dublin. These projects were chosen to highlight the diverse scale,

and

approaches encompassed in

my design education and career. These works present explorations of space, tectonics, time, awareness, social infrastructure, and reactions to contextual influences.


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HANGING CANOE HOUSE

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CORK STREET LIBRARY

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CONTEMPORARY UTOPIA

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M U LT I - U S E R E S I D E N C E

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MISCELLANEOUS

Hazelhatch, County Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

M a d e u p l o c a t i o n , i n s p i r e d b y B e a r Va l l e y, C A

Amherst, MA

A m h e r s t a n d D u b l i n , m o s t l y. . .


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HANGING CANOE PROJECT

Hazelhatch in County Dublin, Ireland is a remote hub of barges floating through a canal of the River Liffey. The water has become an integral part of this community, one that attracts many swimmers and rowers to it, and one that therefore was in need of a building that would provide a rest stop for the active and a community center for the people living in the area and the ones that were visiting. The task at hand was to create a building that would connect the canal to the land/parking space on the West part of the site, as well as serve the people of Hazelhatch by creating a centralized area for exercise, eating, socializing, and relaxing.

Canal formed off of the River Liffey

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SITE PLAN - GRAPHIC SCALE

PARTIAL PLAN SHOWING COMPOSITION


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CANOE STORAGE

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EXERCISE STUDIO

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CHANGING ROOMS RESTROOMS

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SAUNA

OFFICES

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RESTROOMS

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CAFE / MULTIPURPOSE ROOM


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Insul ated ro of Li ght fi xtures

Curtai n wal l assembl y h el d i n to pl ace by ri gi d m etal pl ate, bo l ted into l i ght fram e ste el st ru ct u re

Insul ated fl o o r

Fasteners b o l ted to wal l assem bl y in o rd er to keep b ot h si des of t h e ro o m to gether


I n s u la te d ro of L ig h t f ix t u re

C u r ta in wa ll a sse m bly h e ld in to p la ce by r ig id m e ta l pla te, bolte d in to lig h t f ra me ste e l str u c tu re

Ste e l I b ea ms in te n sion u se d to s u p p o r t t h e f loors a n d roofs of th e h a n g in g ro o ms

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CORK STREET LIBRARY

The program of this project was a relatively straightforward one. A library was to be built on Cork Street in the which is the southern part of town which would allow for more children and community programs as well as allow more access to reading material and study areas - to create a space for learning. The most innovative component of this project was the use of timber as the main building material, because it sharply contrasts Dublin’s Georgian architecture scene, as well as being a sustainable solution to traditional building methods.


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SOUTH-W EST EL EVAT I O N - G RA P H I C SCA L E

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FIRST FLOOR ATRIUM/ WORKSPACE


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SECOND FLOOR READING SPACE/ BOOK SHELVES


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PARTI AL F LOOR P LAN - G RAP HI C SCA L E

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MAI N/STR E E T E NTRANCE

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B O O K SH ELV ES 1

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R E ADI NG NOOK 1

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B O O K SH ELV ES 2

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WOR K /R E ADI NG S PACE

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BAT H RO O M S (O N B OT H F LO O RS )

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K I TCHE N ( S E E NE XT PAG E FOR EN L A RG EM EN T )

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R EA D I N G N O O K 3

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BACK E X I T

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EG R ESS/ EX I T STA I R

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R E ADI NG NOOK 2


SOUTH-W EST S ECTI ON - G RAP HI C SCALE


C u rtai n wal l assembl y h el d i n to pla ce by ri gi d m etal pl ate, bo l ted i nto CLT st ru ct u re

Ti m b er f l o o r j o i sts

Exteri o r ti m ber cl addi n g

SOU T H -WEST D ETA I L ED SECT I O N - G RA P H I C SCA L E


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MODERN UTOPIA

What is a Utopia? Is it a state of being or a state of mind? Could it simply be a euphoric and content state of mind? It’s an unclear and highly contested topic in architecture that I thought I would tackle. I argue that a utopia is a decision left for the individual. It could be a physical landscape resembling Le Corbusier’s futuristic theories, or it could be a small series of houses organized like a suburbia. My own utopia is based on components from my life that I consider to be most important for my way of living. This is an ongoing exploration of my Utopian ideals. Just as a portfolio is a living documents, so is this project.


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SKETCHES- THINKING THROUGH THE PROGRAM


Utopian mountain living means simplification. Reduced to living in cube modules, complete with

essential

mountain

gear including gloves, ropes, flashlight, etc. These modules will come together to form a larger megastructure that will ideally include livelihood necessities such as health care, agriculture/grocery

center,

schools, and entertainment.


Cave-like through ways are highlighted. Allows ability to walk through mountains as well as other parts of the megastructure.

PER LIVING UNIT ESSENTIALS:

TO BE CONTINUED ......


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M U LT I - U S E R E S I D E N C E

My first semester of my Masters of Architecture, I was tasked with a conceptual project based on the idea of a cabinet of curiosity. Each student designed a space for an individual who would ultimately reside there as well as display his or her artifacts that would derive from a natural phenomenon. I was interested in the formation of sand dunes on Mars. While similar to that of Earth’s, the temperature of air and constant sand storms causes these ripples on the surface of Mars to occur. The first step of this exploration began with tracing lines over a series of images, ranging from farthest zoom to closest zoom (Fig. 1). The variety of these tracings, when put next to each other, created a sort of undulation that would inform the rest of the project.


Fig. 1 Line exploration using images of sand dunes on Mars


The second part of this exploration utilized 3D forms in order to create a sense of physical space. A few steps were taken in this step in order to achieve the ultimate form of the building. The first step was to use the voids in the series and stack and loft them together (Fig. 2). When I realized that created an unmanageable shape, I began focusing on extruding the actual lines from the drawings, rotating them until I found a comfortable spatial scheme.


Fig. 2 First step of spatial exploration moving from 2D to 3D


SITE AXONOMETRIC

SITE AXONOMETRIC


What resulted from this very conceptual experimentation is a series of rooms whose roofs as well as floor undulate in order to convey the shape and experience of a rippling sand dune formation. The program of this building was ultimately up to the student, but had to include a living space for a person of our choosing. The individual that I created was a retired astronaut who collected space matter on his journey and wanted it displayed. NOA BARAK

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GRADUATE STUDIO 1

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PARI RIAHI

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FALL 2017


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GALLERY

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EXHIBIT

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DARK ROOM

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SITE PLAN - GRAPHIC SCALE

LIBRARY

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WORKSHOP

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RESIDENCE GROUND FLOOR

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RESIDENCE BASEMENT BEDROOM


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FLOOR PLANS - GRAPHIC SCALE

PLANS AT 1/8” = 1’=0”


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In section, this undulation becomes a little more pronounced and easier to see. The building has a theater for projecting home movies that he took in space with a video camera he brought, as well as a gallery space to hold artifacts that he has collected over the years, and a library of books about space. (Fig. 2) This building provides both public spaces and a private residence. Since it is located on a main street in downtown Amherst, MA, the public entrance is introduced from the street and the private space is located at the back of the site. (Fig. 3)


PRIVATE

CIRCULATION AXONOMETRIC

PUBLIC

Fig. 3 A Diagram explaining the devision of public and private space


Each of these spaces are intended to create a different experience for its visitors and inhabitants. The move about the space reflects the ridges of the sand dunes and their formation. In order to circulate throughout the building you must go up and down forcing one to understand the ultimate ups and downs of sand dunes on Mars.

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GALLERY

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DARK ROOM

LIBRARY

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PRIVATE RESIDENCE

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BEDROOM


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MISCELLANEOUS

These collages were a part of an exploration of representation. The task at hand was to create an evocative narration of Holyoke, MA using methods of collage. Both of these collages focus on the history of Holyoke at one point or another. The collage on the left side of the spread deals with the passage of time in Holyoke’s history whereas the collage on the right side of the page focuses on a mythical moment in time in the history of the Paper City (Holyoke), The collection of photographs were taken in Dublin for a series I did about the movement in Dublin’s streets.


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T H A N K YO U NOA BARAK nbarak@umass.edu 650-353-8027

Noa Barak Portfolio 2018  
Noa Barak Portfolio 2018  
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