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SHOPPING ON A BIKE ATLANTA JULY2011
OPERA SQUARE REHABILITATION CAIRO JANUARY2011
RESIDENTIAL COMPOUND NEW CAIRO DECEMBER2010
NAMAA STUDENT COMPETITION NEW CAIRO APRIL2010 10 COURTHOUSE ASWAN FEBRUARY2010
PARA-MOIRÉ ALEXANDRIA JULY2011
ZERO-ENERGY BUILDING DESIGN CAIRO FEBRUARY2011
SOLID URBAN WASTE CAIRO MAY2011
GLOBAL HOME PLATTE DESSAU.GERMANY JULY2010
Omar MOUNIR ABOZEKRY AHMED AKL
8 Taha El-Dinary street, 7th district, Nasr city, Cairo, Egypt.
002 0100 40 44 106
EDUCATION 2011 BSC Architectural Engineering (Ain Shams University). CAIRO, EGYPT.
2010 BAUHAUS DESSAU SUMMER SCHOOL.
LANGUAGES ENGLISH Full proficiency. FRENCH Fluently spoken, written. ARABIC MT
Writing articles for “Magaz magazine”, one of Cairo’s most celebrated design magazines.
ARCHICAD, AUTOCAD, REVIT ARCHITECTURE, 3DS MAX, VRAY MAX, ADOBE PHOTOSHOP, GOOGLE SKETCHUP, VRAY SKETCHUP, RHINOCEROS, GRASSHOPPER (RHINO), DESIGN BUILDER, ECOTECT ANALYSIS
TRAVEL Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium Middle East: Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Qatar, Sultanate of Oman
Designer, Visualization professional at “Human Nature”office for interior and furniture design.
"Para-moiré >> Parametric moiré for performative facade" workshop
Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Beltline Project – Cross cultural program (Ainshams University– Clemson University) SEE THE PROJECT ONLINE
Solid Urban waste workshop, Cairo with the Spanish collective“Basurama”
(Zero Energy Building Design) workshop
Participating with a professional Architect in the “Sednawi Rehabilitation competition”
Bauhaus Summer School 2010 SEE THE PROJECT VIDEO ONLINE
New Cairo, Egypt
Winning prize at Namaa architecture design contest for an Office building design.
“UNION MEDITERRANENNE DES ARCHITECTES” workshop
Training at “Art line group” Design office
In situ training at Ashghal schools Doha, Qatar (more than 20 schools been built around Doha)
In situ training at “Al-Reem complex” in Doha, Qatar (13 stories mixed use building including hotel rooms, hotel apartments, spa …)
SHOPPING ON A BIKE Client: Atlanta Beltline project under the Cross cultural exchange program (Ainshams - Clemson) . Project type: Commercial Area: 15,000 m2 Location: Atlanta, GA, United States Project Year: 2011 illustrations: Omar Abozekry
The idea tries to achieve the walking urban shopping districts, where you can walk everywhere, get fresh food from the local market, ride bikes and transit instead of closed air-conditioned Malls which is falsely though to be the highest standard for shopping, trying to change the way people think about how they want to live in the future.
GROUND FLOOR PLAN
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FIRST FLOOR PLAN
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THIRD FLOOR PLAN
The building consists of 4 floors of shopping streets, surrounding a public space for people, outdoor cafĂŠs and a skate park for skaters and bikers
Parking places for bikes are in each floor, so the shopper can leave his bike while he is shopping through the same floor.
The building is designed so that shopping can be done using a bicycle, a person can hire his bicycle from the groundfloor of the building, or can use his own bike to do shopping through the shopping center, the 4 floors shopping streets are surrounding a public space for people, out-
Vertical bicycle parking lots are made in the shop faรงades so that a biker can leave his bike outside the shop while checking the store.
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The building is designed so that the users move up and down in the building while shopping. The building is divided into parts forming a closed loop of shops connected by a continous corridor, This main shopping corridor in the middle of the building elevates as those parts of the building elevate. each building part you walk through, elevates you 1 meter. Bikers can move up and down in the building fast, they donâ€™t need to loop the whole building to circulate vertically, they can reach the narrow loop at the main entrance of the building using it to go up and down fast and easy. They can also use a bike elevator which is located at the main entrance.
OPERA SQUARE conceptual university project
Client: University project Project type: Cultural Goal: Redesigning the linking place between Old islamic cairo city and the Colonial part of cairo. Area: 35,000 m2 Location: Cairo, Egypt Project Year: 2011 illustrations: Omar Abozekry
We were asked to redesign the linking area between the Islamic old city of Cairo and the colonial part built in the 19th century, The area has already encountered lots of urban changes all over the years, more than 100 years ago a magnificent opera house was built in what is called today â€œopera squareâ€?. This opera house was burnt as a result of a massive fire in the 70s, replaced by an ugly garage building to overcome the increasing traffic in this busy part of the Egyptian capital. Now the city has decided to convert the area again to a cultural area, regarding its importance as a linkage area between two different urban tissues in Cairo.
OLD OPERA BUILDING
The building is designed to provide the users a special experience, As they start their visit from the “Opera square” when the sloped passage takes them to the underground theater entrance, bookshops and other cultural products as a contemporary vision for the renowned “soor el azbakeya”. The road takes you up again to Attaba square, where you find the museums combined together: 1-Egyptian Post museum already existing in the square. 2-Contemporary arts museum An open theater is designed as an addition to the “National theater” already existing. Also an underground theater accessed by two buildings at the Opera square, and the Post museum plaza. The master plan sought the removal of the “azhar bridge” which is blocking the sun from reaching azhar street making it a dummy place, same happening with attaba square. Replacing the bridge with an entrance and exit for the “azhar tunnel” at the required places. It’s also planned to add the renowned “TIRING building” to the attaba square scene, by converting the buildings separating it from the square into a low-height contemporary arts museum.
Client: Tabarak holdings. Project type: Faรงades and landscape design for a residential compound in new Cairo. Location: Cairo, Egypt Project Year: 2010 Design team: Omar Abozekry, Ahmed Eid, Shady A.Azeem, Ahmed Minyawy.
The project is in a desert climate east of Cairo, The buildings are projected to huge amount of sun light and heat.
We added these walls as screens to protect the building from direct sunlight
These screens have been bent to decrease the heat gain at different times of the day.
The space between the building and the screen allows cross ventilation to cool down the elevation of the building.
We have been asked to design the Faรงades and the landscape for a pre-designed layout of residential blocks, This part of the city has a desert climate which is so hot in summer. Requiring design techniques to overcome the enormous heat gain.
The buildings were not designed to have a central cooling system, So we designed a system to hide the separate compressor units, also reusing the water they produce in planters outside the windows and terraces.
NAMAA STUDENT COMPETITION
Design: Omar Abozekry Ahmed Eid, Mohamed Hassan, Karim Wahba Client: Namaa real estate Students competition Project type: Office building Goal: Designing an office building ergonomically to reach the maximum comfort standards inside the work space. Area: 35,000 m2 Location: Cairo, Egypt Project Year: 2010 1ST PRIZE WINNER COMPETITION WEBSITE
The building Façades are facing south which causes extra heat gain during working times
Subtraction of form in the southern façade would minimize heat gain.
A Café place has been inserted between the building floors, and a vast relaxation place in the ground floor.
Further subtraction of forms to allow natural ventilation from the North-west to reach the building.
Green terraces have been added to capture the breeze.
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Beams which define the space and work as a shading device, The screen enclosure creating the green void protects it from southern sun during working hours, and it doesnâ€™t block the street view. The pictures so the effect of the addition of the beams on the space and the shade.
Following the long-lasting Japanese tradition of sliding walls that can retract to turn a living room into a dining room, moving partitions are erected inside the office spaces, the employees themselves install and dismantle short term working positions, with a fingertip control. The building is capable without substantial modification, of accommodating the emerging requirements of organizations.
Design: Omar Abozekry. Client: University Project. Project type: Governmental, Courthouse. Goal: Designing a courthouse for the city of Aswan south of Egypt. Location: Aswan, Egypt Project Year: 2009
PARA-MOIRÉ Parametric moiré for performative facade
Workshop tutor: Encode studio Goal: Parametric design (designing a shading device based on the light analysis for a room at Encode studio) Programs used: Rhinoceros, Ecotect Analysis, Grasshopper plugin (rhino) Location: Alexandria, Egypt time: july 2011 Team members: Omar Abozekry Akl, Basem Samir, Omar Wanas, Shady A.Azeem The workshop started with a theoretical and functional understanding of graphical algorithm editor and then got into more complex definitions, these definitions was integrated with a performance evaluation (Shadow range-Solar Radiation-Daylight PerformanceVisual Access…). Then concentrated on how to integrate a criterion of design guided by evaluating performances of generating geometrics of architectural forms; we constructed a relation between building performance and building geometry with a relying on some software to achieve the previous objectives:-
1- Grasshopper as a parametric modeling plug-in for Rhino, is a graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3-D modeling tools, allows the user to construct their own “explicit history tree”. . With little programming experience, users of Grasshopper can define Series steps with a parametric relation. 2-Ecotect for architects is highly visual software to work with environmental performance issues. 3-Geco is an interface which offers a direct link between Rhino/Grasshopper with an automation feature of transforming performances data which consequently enables to combine a generative and performative modeling into one criterion. Finally, a wooden perforated sheet was designed by the participants in groups; this installation was fabricated and fixed in Encode Studio. The best design was fabricated and fixed there. So we learned how to prepare the designs to be fabricated by using laser cutter and how the fabrication process should affect the design process.
ZERO-ENERGY Workshop tutor: Shady Attia Goal: Using Simulation tools for decision making in design. Programs used: Design builder Location: Cairo, Egypt time: february2011 Team members: Omar Abozekry Akl, Mohamed Hassan, Mariam Hamdy, Mohamed Mostafa, Afaf Badran
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â€œThis design workshop focused on how existing building perfromance simulation tools can contribute to Zero Energy Building design in Egypt, with special focus on the passive and active solar design. The workshop provided us basic knoweldge and concepts for supporting the decsion making and integration of the different tools into the design process of Zero Energy Building Designs, We presented a final design concept for proposed designs that reflected our gained knowledge and experience.â€?
In this workshop we: 1-Identified the technical requirements for zero-energy building design. 2-Utilized simulation and decision making tools, to validate passive and active design strategies into a project. 3-Designed a case Zero-energy apartment block complying with the Egyptian energy standards.
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SOLID URBAN WASTE Workshop tutor: Basurama collective Goal: Redefine the residual surrounding areas of the urban landscape Location: Cairo, Egypt time: May2011 Team members: Omar Abozekry Akl, Mohamed Abolkheir, Ibrahim Saad, Rehab Sobhi. I took part in this three days workshop with students and professionals in the fields of art, architecture, design, urban planning, photography. We tried to redefine the residual surrounding areas of the urban landscape, so that they can be used to generate new and innovative ideas. We searched for different uses of urban places that are part of their everyday life. Particular attention was paid to those terrain vague and non-places that the so-called development produces. The workshop was directed by visiting Spanish collective Basurama. A collective dedicated to both cultural investigation and production, focuses its research on productive processes with their consequent generation of waste residues and looks to creative possibilities to address this contemporary problem. We were not centered in the aesthetic aspects of the city but rather in conceptual and innovative solutions.
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GLOBAL HOME PLATTE Bauhaus summer school 2010
Workshop Organizer: Bauhaus Dessau institute. Workshop Tutor: Adam Page (UK) Goal: 30 minutes video production criticizing the effects of the “IBA” Urban Redevelopment program on a Plattenbau estate in Dessau-Süd . Location: Dessau, Germany time: july 2010 Producers: Omar Abozekry Akl, Robert Grabczan, Danny Holland, G. M. Gómez Iglesias, Nicole Keußel, Paul-Hervé Lavessière, Brygida Michon, Adam Page, Shruti Subramanian, Deniz Yílmaz and Silvia Zheleva.
The short film Global Home Platte looks at the effects of the “IBA” Urban Redevelopment program on a Plattenbau estate in DessauSüd. It reflects on conversations with local residents about the themes of demolition, shrinkage, commuting and the role of the Dessaubased Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) in the town’s north-south prosperity gap. It combines local people’s ideas with artists’ and architects’ visions.
Platte stands for "Plattenbau" referring to the prefabricated social housing buildings whose use was widespread during the GDR reign for years. They over-exist in eastern cities (Dessau in this case) due to the massive exodus of the inhabitants to western German cities.
In the video project we were very critical about was the misuse of the land. As a few hundred meters away where thereâ€™s most of the demolition towards east, thereâ€™s a UNESCO biosphere reserve, a magnificent river. Why making a complicated project of social participation with rules limiting ownership when everything is just in hand?
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IBA 2010 DESSAU : A governmental project in Dessau was particularly demolishing a huge number of the plattenbau buildings which was empty during the past few years. To replace these demolished buildings (prejudged as useless), They searched for different social participation concepts, with parts of the landscapes claimed to the people consisting largely of families of unemployed workers.
Copyrights ÂŠ Omar Abozekry 2011 Printed in Cairo, Egypt