portfolio . omar majzoub
contents resume 01 work experience 02 permeable boundaries 03 jumbo archive 04 redfernia 05 planting shepherd st. parking 06 student and elderly housing 07 shifting border 08 shelf designs
curriculum vitae omar majzoub
I am a master of architecture graduate from the University of Sydney whoâ€™s enthusiastic about kick-starting his post-graduate career. Topics like atmosphere and human experience, minimalism, technology and structure are all of great interest to me. However, I believe that architecture is also an inseparable part of a larger world that extends beyond these topics to include history, cultures, and storytelling.
2016 -2018 Master of Architecture The University of Sydney (Dist)
2015 Byblos Bus Shelter Competition
2010-2015 Bachelor of Architecture Lebanese American University (Dist)
2014 Walled Nicosia Catalyst - Bilateral Workshop Frederick University - Nicosia
Having lived, studied and worked almost my entire life in Beirut, I just wanted to get out of my comfort zone and travel to explore new cultures and seek new opportunities. And, thatâ€™s how I ended up in Sydney, first as a student, and now as an architect and resident!
2010 Baccalaureate of General Sciences Tripoli Evangelical School (Dist)
2014 Hybrid High Density Lebanese American University
2017 - 2018 Marra+Yeh Architects Sydney Architectural Assistant www.marrayeh.com
and the things I enjoy are
2016 - 2017 Kreis Grennan Architecture Sydney Architectural Assistant www.kreisgrennan.com.au
3ds Max SketchUp Pro
Swimming Fishing Bushwalking Rock and Heavy Metal Cinema Documentaries Photography
...and a cup of coffee
2015 - 2016 Karim Bekdache Studio Beirut Architectural Assistant
2014 Bernard Khoury DW5 Beirut Architectural Intern www.bernardkhoury.com
2013 International Studio Dublin / Belfast
I speak, read and write in arabic & english
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work experience Sydney - Beirut
Marra + Yeh Architects - Sydney Darlington Residence design development - documentation + detailing - visualization Singapore House facades development – model making - visualization
Kreis Grennan Architecture - Sydney Bonnels Bay - Multi-Residential preliminary and concept design – design development – DA submission May Street - Renovation + two units addition site measurements - preliminary and concept design - design development - pre-DA submission
Karim Bekdache Studio - Beirut Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation + Artist’s Residence + Summer House preliminary and concept design - master plan - design development - model making
darlington residence The project is a renovation and re-purposing of an early 19th century factory. The main structural elements like gigantic steel beams, timber joists and structural brick walls are kept untouched. Sustainability, thermal comfort and solar access play an extremely important role in the development of the project.
documentation A complete set of construction and detailing drawings is prepared. This includes detailed plans, sections, RCP and electrical layout drawings, wall and roof sections, staircase details, detailing of wet areas, and joinery.
singapore house Sustainability, performance and comfort in a challenging tropical climate like that of Singapore are the main topics and guidlines the create the framework through which this project is designed and developed. Openings in the faรงades and roof extensions are designed to achieve maximum connection with the forest around the house while still achieving solar and wind protection.
1:5 model Wall Section study model showing the assembly method of the different layers that include a gap for water and air infiltration.
1:50 model Study model tested on the heliodome for optimum solar performance.
bonnels bay The project is designed and developed as fully accessible eight-unit residential building with two commercial units on the ground floor. All aspects of design requested for DA approval were fulfilled such as waste management, parking spaces, etc. In addition to that, the challenge was to achieve minimum solar access for all the units.
may street The addition to the original warehouseâ€™s first floor unit was designed as two semi-separated single-unit houses with a shared courtyard in between. Excellent solar access is achieved by having the main openings of the double height spaces facing north. In addition to that, each of the three units feature a spacious outdoor space.
saloua raouda choucair foundation + artistâ€™s residence + summer house The concept was to have the three programs as three minimal interventions separated from one another. All original pine trees found on site are preserved. In addition to that, the circulation between the three structures was inspired by the work of Aldo Van Eyck, where paths following the topography levels and defined by minimal pre-fabricated concrete structures were proposed. Also, while the foundation and the artistâ€™s residence sit on pilars. the footprint of the summer house is minimal where just a small portion of the original land is excavated.
grad studio - The University of Sydney program: architectural archive + exhibition spaces location: Sydney
The main questions that this project deals with are those related to the type of image that the archive as a major institution should have, its relation with the urban context and history of the area, and finally, how it can engage with the public or the community who are outside the field of architecture and which for them, it is completely or partially vague. Drawing on these questions, a series of keywords that can be divided into two categories are deduced: institutional, clarity and enlightenment on one side, and the public, ambiguity and mystery on the other. Accordingly, the program is divided into two main parts, the archive and hence the actual storage space of material and its complimentary facilities such as research and restoration spaces open only to those who are eligible to have access, and exhibition spaces open to anyone who may be interested in the architectural theme. Adding to that, the atmosphere of the spaces in each of the two parts shall reflect on the keywords mentioned. So, the archival spaces are imagined as revealing spaces that empowers the concept of clarity, and on the contrary, those of the exhibitions are imagined as mysterious spaces and hence encourage inquiry and surprise throughout the project. As a result, the title of the project â€œpermeable boundariesâ€? is drawn to define a major guideline that explores the new type of connections that clear boundaries can offer between the two programs and between each of the two and the urban conext
strategy.circulation.spaces A clear division line is drawn in the middle of the site dividing it into two sections. One section houses the massing of the institution; the actual archive and its facilities, and it is inspired by the vent towers of Sydneyâ€™s historic kilns and breweries. The other section will house the exhibition spaces that relates to the terrace house typology that represents the domestic. This relation is configured based on the different element, proportions and circulation of the terrace house. This division line becomes a dark and mysterious hallway and hence the major circulatory element of the project. From the ground floor, going down would lead to the archive, a white and fully bright space, and going up would lead to the haptic and shadowy exhibition spaces.
atmosphere.materiality exhibition spaces From outside, the hallway and the exhibition cells attached to it are seen as two distinct elements. However, in the interior, the two merge with one another by having the same concrete finishing and minimal lighting with deep shadows. The exhibition cells are constructed of cantilevering steel structure with render finish in its exterior and pre-fabricated concrete panels in the interior with gaps in between. The whole structure can move slightly and the gaps allow air to infiltrate in empowering the haptic experience over that of vision.
atmosphere.materiality archive The clean, white and well lit interior finish of the archive and clinical spaces leave no room for deep shadows and hence uncertainty. Whether standing in the dark hallway and looking from behind the clear glass into the white clinical spaces, or moving from the narrow shadow to the spacious white, are clear examples of how boundaries of different types can be employed to create new type of connections and proximities that enrich atmospheric experiences.
1:50 sectional model
The University of Sydney Aurelia Colette - Carl Costantine Omar Majzoub program: archiving life and ecosystems location: Earth and Space
The story of the project is built on a fictional scenario that is based on the Panspermia Theory. This theory hypothesises that life on Earth did not originate on this planet. It proposes that between 4 and 3.8 billion years ago, as Earth experienced a series of meteor showers, organic matter arrived on the planet by way of these meteors and introduced itself to Earth. This extra-terrestrial matter evolved into life on Earth as we know it today. The story says: In the year 2053 human civilisation has reached its peak with the successful implementation of large scale Artificial Intelligence. However, in their pursuit of knowledge and technology the state of the planet has been disregarded and has degenerated beyond the possibility of reversal to liveable conditions. Regular freak storms, floods, droughts, fire balls, and polluted air and water has led to the death of millions. In a desperate act of self-preservation the remaining population turn to the AI they had developed as their saviour. The AI calculates that it requires a sample of 1% of all life on earth in order to preserve and continue their existence once an appropriate climate is found and established as happened in the Panspermia reality. The remaining numbers are exterminated or left to perish. The saved population is harvested by machines spawned by the AI and the reprogramming of existing machines. The specimens are brought to secure archive vaults located in Australia where they are then stored and maintained. As practiced in Zoology the AI machines maintain a record of the specimens ’behaviour, ecosystem and
habits in a ‘snow globe’ like enclosure where a controlled micro climate is constructed and they are kept as living operating specimens. In the subterranean structure below the dome additional backups of the specimens in the dome are preserved as references of the specimens’ evolution, structure, embryology, classification and as resources for genetic diversity and the forestalling of possible extinction. As the collection is made complete for a continuation of life the AI separates the archives from the rest of the planet. Explosives are placed along the edge of Australia’s tectonic plate to create a vulnerable fault line that once detonated, will break off the archive as one piece from the rest of the planet. To assist in the breaking, a fusion candle is used to move Earth into the gravitational pull of Jupiter. This pull in combination with the opposing pull from the Sun’s gravitational field and the explosive fault line pull the planet apart while the archive remains intact as one. Once separated, the fusion candle continues to direct the archive to land on Jupiter. Here the AI maintains its livestock, who unaware continue to live in a simulated reality, while it prepares them and the planet for future inhabitation.
arrangement of archive Australia is chosen as the location of the archives as its surface area covers 1.5% of the globe. To begin with the coast of the country is bevelled 100km to allow the Turtle-bots to mount the mainland and transport the specimens. In the centre of the land mass the fusion candle is built. As each archive is collected from around the planet they travel in a direct line towards the candle. Upon reaching the candle they settle as closely as possible to it and in tangent to any existing archives. Circulation space is left between the archives which become increasingly inaccessible as the mass of archives is built up around them.
collecting the live ecosystems. cut and cap Regardless of urban or natural characteristic a 1% sample of every ecosystem is collected, thus the radius and size of each archive varies. A geodesic dome is constructed over he ecosystem enclosing everything within. The Turtle-bot, a platform with machinery attached to caterpillar tracks, drives under the domed area as the props are removed and the dome is attached to the platform. It then drives off towards the archive site. Once the archive shelves underground are filled, he turtle-bot drives into the excavated area and drops the dome in place.
specimen transportation The specimens kept in stasis travel in a trailer attached to the dome. As the dome is constructed they are loaded into a series of trailers which are then connected to the dome. Upon arrival at their archive site the specimens are off loaded first where they await to be placed on their shelf before the cap it sealed over them.
archive shelves Upon arriving at their archive the specimens await around the entrance of the archive shelf. A mechanical clamp attached to a horizontal scissor lift connected to a hydraulic jack platform reaches out and grabs the specimen one by one. As each specimen is taken and placed on the platform is descends into the archive. While on the platform it is encased in a protective structure and then wrapped in a membrane. The clamp then inserts the specimen into its predefined slot where it is then connected to the resource reservoir via pipes.
The University of Sydney Carl Costantine - Omar Majzoub program: suburb creation and development location: Sydney
Redfernia is a complete community based suburb that includes transportation, businesses, and infrastructure for flexible housing structures. The representation of the project is divided into two different but parallel parts. The first part defines the main elements of the suburb and the rules that govern its growth. The second part gives further clarification by telling the story of Victor as a person who lived, studied, hanged out and worked in the suburb within a period that extends from 2030 till 2080, the year he decided to fly with his pod to a new suburb somewhere else. Disclaimer: The stories, names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the authorâ€™s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
masterplan.rules.circulation The suburb is thought of as a self-sufficient system. However, it is also thought of as a mediator that connects and fills the gaps between two other suburbs and hence the city at a larger scale. Twelve tower infrastructures of two certain heights are built and connected by major circulatory spines. The growth of communities within these infrastructures is governed by a set of rules put and regulated by Redferniaâ€™s council. For example, in order to create a community, a consent from the immediate neighbours should be approved in advance...etc. The housing pods are built and prefabricated in the assigned spaces on the ground floor and then transported by cranes to place within the tower.
occupying the grid
2042 Victor lived with his parents in the redhet family pod next to the nursery’s and “The Scissor Sisters” hairdressor’s pods where his mother used to work. He was a yound kid who enjoyed riding his bike around the suburb.
2048 As part of a school assignment, Victor had to work and live with a community for one month. His love for barbeque led him to â€œThe Butcher Shop & Grillâ€?. However, he used to spend all his money on cigarettes and concerts where heis future university friends.
2054 While studying architecture, Victor had an internship at the â€œPod for your Gridâ€? office. The internship was unpaid so he decided to work afterhours as a guide in the train station.
2060 Landing on Mars inspired Victor to quite architecture; his parent’s original decision, and follow his dream in opening a “Cold Cuts” shop. The restaurant was later expanded to include “Vegies” after he was married to his vegetarian wife Cosette.
planting shepherd st. parking The University of Sydney Carl Costantine - Omar Majzoub
program: horticulture research center + public garden + public space location: Sydney
The project deals with an existing carpark structure owned by The University of Sydney and right at its boundary line confronting the neighbouring community of Darlington. The brief is generated to break the tension between these two zones and create a mediation between the community and the institution. In order to achieve that, the existing parking structure will is reused as a public community garden that is inspired by the original land use. From one hand, this creates a space for the community to practice urban horticulture providing spaces for the people to plant and harvest their crops with the help of university professionals. On the other hand, the university scientists can also use these spaces as horticultural experimentation laboratories. By working together, the existing sharp boundary between these two communities will be shattered and what was once seen as a thick dividing line will become a meeting point.
design process 1. existing carpark 2. seperating structures 3. freeing ground floor 4. getting light into lower floors 5. connecting ground floors 6. allocating planters 7. sheltering south-west piazza 8. connecting the seperate structures 9. sun and wind facade protections
environmental systems 1. water system supplied by rain and treated gray water for irrigation 2. electric system biomass energy generator from surrounding trees waste 3. soil system compost transforming organic waste into soil
program 1. food market - public space 2. lobby - exhibition space 3. controlled laboratory 4. preparation workshop 5. covered platform 6. fungus plantation 7. uncovered plantation 8. dry plantation 9. mild temperate plantation 10. tropical plantation 11. cold plantation 12. cold temperate plantation 13. sub-tropical plantation 14. public plantation 15. medical plantation
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structure.materiality Where the planters are built, the carpark is stripped almost completely where its post-beam structure is only what is left. Secondary structure is then added to hold the planters and it is composed of steel and timber construction. This preserves and enhances the rough and industrial look of materials in the exterior spaces. However, the interior spaces are rendered and tiles with white finishes, and hence can be experienced as real laboratory and experimentation spaces. Each of the indoor planters is fully equipped with temperature moderator and climate control system. This gives full flexibility to how the indoor climate can suit the different types of plants and enriches the thermal experience when circulating within the project.
student and elderly housing Lebanese American Univerity program: housing location: Beirut
In the heart of the busy capital of Lebanon; Beirut, and a crossing away from Saint Joseph University, the brief was more than providing accommodation for students and the elderly. It was about providing spaces that put the two in proximity to one another so moments of either engagement or tension can take place. As part of the Lebanese culture, interaction with neighbours and even strangers is significant. Also, being inspired by the Narkomfin building as a case study, exterior spaces and circulatory elements are given equal importance to interior accommodation ad facility spaces. The experiment is thought to be successful as it is a temporary and not a permanent home as well as it is a place for singles or couples and not whole families. This makes it a dynamic place where there are always something new happening and people coming in and out.
moments of engagement As mentioned, exterior and communal spaces are given equal importance to interior spaces. Both generations share the same circulation on the same floor that leads to their housing unit. The elderlyâ€™s kitchen opens towards the hallway where it becomes to accommodate dining and living space outside. On this same floor, the youth have access to the living space of their shared duplex unit with the bedrooms on the lower floor. There is one main and shared laundry as well as a common entertainment room on each floor. Terraces and balconies on either sides of the units are designed so both interaction, and privacy can be achieved depending on what the person is after. The pool, gym and spa are the main common facilites of the project.
Lebanese American Univerity program: social housing + theater + portâ€™s duty free location: Beirut
The site lies between northern edge of Beirut Central District which was privatised after the civil war by Solidere and that of the Beirut port. It sits within the only surviving context which is still out of Solidereâ€™s authority. Based on this situation, the brief was generated to face the greed of privatisation and help preserve the cultural and social realities of the area. Hence, a new clear border had to be implemented instead of that of the port with its hazard and security signs. The project had to have a powerful image that can send a clear message. From here came that massive white and monolithic massing structure with minimal openings working on two levels, that of the lower part of the city and that of the upper part where the only northern entrance to the central district. However, the project was designed to have minimal footprint on the ground floor in order to keep active what is already happening within the context. In addition to that, the project becomes both the psychological and the actual border of the port by accommodating the main entrance that first leads to the duty free of the port.
shifting conditions of the border As on the urban scale, the new border can also be read within the project, but in different intensities. Along the longitudinal spine of the project, the thick monolithic wall starts as a completely opaque element that starts to get more porous with light infiltrating into the common spaces out of the housing units and at the end almost completely transparent where a thin sheet of glass divides the duty free from the communal spaces.
The first three floors contain the double-storey units that only open towards the other side and the other three floor contain the single-storey units with slit windows inserted in the border wall and large windows facing the corridor and hence the port on the other side.
The University of Sydney Digital Modeling Unit
shellstar shelf Task one was to choose a structure and analyse the parameters that define its 3d form so they can be used to model a variation of the original structure and at a later stage to parametrically design a shelf using Grasshopper 3D. I chose â€œShell Star Pavilionâ€? by Matsys and the final outcome was a wall hung shelf that can expand and contract. evolver shelf Carl Costantine - Omar Majzoub Task two was to pair up with a colleague where one of the shelves had to be chosen and developed further up to junction detailing. The result of the design that is origninally based on the relation between two circles and their common tangent, was a plywood shelf with steel railing where the number of rails and width of the shelf can vary based on various parametric inputs.
shellstar shelf The process of design can be divided into four phases. The first phase govern the general geometry of design. The second phase is 2D extrusion and trimming of horizontal shelf panels. The third phase is modelling of structure and joints. And, the fourth phase is deformation in relative z-direction.
evolver shelf The shelf design was developed for fabrication phase. All junctions up to the smallest details were designed and precisely drawn. This process has been done taking into consideration the availability if both, fabrication techniques and material dimensions and capabilities.