WORKS Rafal Stawarz Content:
VW Autobarn, Countryside, IL Volvo of Oak Park, Oak Park, IL Lakeview Digestive Disease and Liver Center, Chicago, IL Fiat of Chicago, Chicago, IL Fire Station, Remington, IN I Dream of Falafel Restaurant, Chicago, IL Firehouse Subs, Niles, IL Maserati of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Gyana Tower, Mumbai, India Boeing Visitor Center, Chicago, IL Vosges Chocolate Factory, Chicago, IL Nature Prairie Reserve, Du Quoin, IL
Color Project Verticality Project
Parametric Chair Freehand Sketches Photography
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VW Autobarn Countryside, IL 2012
This VW dealership was built on top of the foundations of an old Hyundai dealership using a new concept for brand image called “White Frame”. The concept guarantees a brand-appropriate presence in conjunction with a concept that focuses on customer processes and conforms to the new Volkswagen standard. In many different ways, it paves the way for meeting all the needs of customers and dealers worldwide. The white frame provides the visual framework for the brand identity. With its clear, simple shape, it is key to Volkswagen’s visual identity and is used in all the principal elements of the dealership. The frame unmistakably accentuates elements such as the facade and portal, ensuring clear differentiation from the competition. Inside, the white frame is used for the presentation of vehicles and products and is reflected in the furniture system. Moreover, there is a visual overlap between the spatial impression at the dealership and Volkswagen’s print media (such as e.g. advertisements and brochures). This creates high brand recognition across all media platforms. Thanks to the extensive use of white by the new concept; both indoors and outdoors, an elegant, calm effect is achieved and the brand acquires a strong sense of identity.
Approach with Service Entry on the left and Showroom on the right.
Main Facade Elevation
White Frame Detail
VW Entry Frame
Approach Elevation South Elevation
Showroom Welcome Wall Showroom Back Wall
Showroom Welcome Center
Top Left: New Car Delivery Area Middle Left: Welcome Area Bottom Left: Reception Desk Bellow Dealership Floor Plan
Sales Offices Customer Waiting Area
Volvo Of Oak Park Oak Park, IL 2012
The Volvo of Oak Park expansion includes an addition to the existing showroom, the renovation of the service write-up area, site regrading and a substantial addition to the existing service area. This project was especially challenging because construction was expected to occur without disrupting business. The client insisted it was necessary to cause the least amount of trouble possible to customers. To respond to these concerns, the project was designed in phases. First, the addition to the showroom was built, which also included: some site regrading, a new access to the service area and the renovation of the service write-up. Once the first phase was completed and the new showroom opened to the public, the second phase began: the expansion of the service area and extensive site regrading. Never during the construction process was there a need to shut down the business in its entirety. Volvo of Oak Park now boasts a modernized showroom that complies with the new Volvo branding and the desires of the client. The dealership also offers 11 new service lifts which will allow it to handle the expected volume of clients for years to come. Entrance Statement
Showroom car ramp
New Car Showroom and Reception Desk First Floor Plan
New Car Showroom Brand Imaging
Showroom North-West Corner
Service Entrance Basement Floor Plan
Customer Service Waiting Area Service Writers Entrance
Service Writers Hallway Showroom Customer Waiting Area
Service Writers Stations
Lakeview Digestive Disease and Liver Center Chicago, IL 2012
The Lakeview medical center consists of covered parking and a lobby on the first floor, a gastroenterology clinic on the second floor, and two medical suites on the third floor. Challenges in this projectâ€™s design were: to provide enough parking without creating a basement, to isolate the noisy oxygen equipment from quieter exam rooms, to provide suction and oxygen in procedure rooms, to remediate poor soil strength conditions, budgetary constraints and time. The entire process - from initial design through construction - took place in just over one year. The building consists of a stained precast concrete structure with interior steel and bar joist floor and roof structure. Synergies Studios is a design-build firm, therefore we provided all of the services related to design work (with the exception of electrical engineering), in addition to structural calculations, budgeting and construction permitting Northeast Corner Detail
Northwest Elevation West Elevation
Ground Floor Entrances Parking Garage
First Floor consists of covered parking garage and mechanical spaces. Second Floor consists of the medical clinic. Third Floor is an open space to be used by future tenants.
STAIR 1 ENTRY
OXYGEN PUMP ROOM
MEDICAL SUITE 2
COVERED PARKING PROCEDURE ROOM 1
OXYGEN STORAGE STAIR 2 B
WAITING ROOM FINAL CONSULT.
W.C. NURSE’S OFFICE
W.C. NURSE’S STATION
DISINFECTION STATION STAIR 2 LAB AREA PROCEDURE ROOM 1
PROCEDURE ROOM 2
MEDICAL SUITE 1
MEDICAL SUITE 2
Top: Northeast Entry Bottom: North Entry
PROCEDURE ROOM 2
Top: Private Office Middle Left: Hallway Middle Right: Lunch Room Bottom Right: Waiting/Reception
Top: Patient Recovery Examination Room
Fiat of Chicago Chicago, IL 2012
The Fiat of Chicago dealership is a build-out of a large retail space in the first floor of a new highrise in downtown Chicago. The dealership consists of a showroom for new and used cars and the design of architectural, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems. Special attention was also devoted to the design of the image and branding of the space. When completed the dealership will be the first for the Fiat brand in the Chicago area.
Main Entry Portal
FIAT Corner Portal
Showroom Curve Interior Sections
Fiat Showroom Floor Plan
Showroom Northeast Corner
Customer Waiting Area Cafe Area with Merchandise Wall in the back
Customer Cafe and Color Swatch
Above: Customer computer interaction and custom design area along with Car Color Palette. Right: Open Plan sales Office Area. Murals painted by a local artist facing the front of the showroom welcoming entering customers.
F&I Office F&I Area
Remington Fire Station Remington, IN 2010
Located in Remington, Indiana a volunteer fire station serves the rural town of Remington and most importantly the adjacent freeway interstate 65. The design of the station incorporates environmentally friendly sustainable strategies of passive solar heating and a solar hot water heater, geothermal heating, radiant floors and wind actuated ventilation. The inception of this fire station came with the need to accommodate new ladder truck equipment. Several industries that moved to Remington recently have necessitated the need for the fire service department to accommodate fire latter trucks. This facility carefully addresses the present needs and future expansion of a fire station for the growing town of Remington.
Approach Elevation Overhang Detail
Left Top: East Elevation Middle: South Elevation Bottom: Southeast Elevation
Southwest Elevation West Elevation
I Dream Of Falafel Chicago, IL 2011
Work included design, engineering, and construction documents needed for an interior building out to expand I Dream of Falafelâ€™s growing business in this new space, located on the first floor east side of the PepsiCo building. Challenges in this project included coordinating a large array of kitchen and serving equipment with electrical needs, and creating seating arrangements that would be plentiful, but not impede the serving line which is often to the door. Entrance Facade
Above: Interior East Below: Bar Seating and Order Line
Above: East Elevation Below: Floor Plan
Interior View Interior Elevations
Firehouse Subs Niles, IL 2011
Firehouse Subs is a fast, casual restaurant chain that specializes in hot subs. Founded in 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida by former firefighter brothers, Firehouse Subs serves sandwiches with meats and cheeses, “steamed” hot and placed on produce on a toasted sub roll. This location offers a family-oriented atmosphere, with a firefighter theme that includes fire equipment throughout the store, a menu that features sandwiches with themed names and they offer hot sauces in a range of intensities. Pictures mounted on the walls highlight local firefighting history, as well as the founders’ history of firefighting service Floor Plan
Main Elevation South Corner
Above: Interior Panorama Below: Wall Mural
Maserati of Chicago Chicago, IL 2011
The purpose of this project was to design a building and presentation images to present to financiers. The parameters were to design a 14,450 sq.ft. luxury car dealership to occupy two Chicago lots with a showroom, two levels of car storage, a service department, and all supporting programs. As there is an existing luxury car dealership across the street it was also important that the building draw attention to itself and away from the competition. Since the purpose of the building is to show cars, and the purpose of cars is movement, the building was designed to highlight the circulation of the vehicles within itself. This led to the creation of a glass curtain wall to reveal the unique shape inside the walls.
Ground Floor Plan
First Floor Plan SHOWROOM
B/ RAMP 2
CUSTOMER PARKING & TANDEM STORAGE
T/ RAMP 1 WOMEN'S W.C.
SALES SALES SALES
NEW CAR DELIVERY
SERVICE WRITE UP BACK OF HOUSE
Above: Southeast corner of the building.
Second Floor Plan
Third Floor Plan DN
STAIR UP STAIRS
B/ RAMP 3
T/ RAMP 2 DN
PARTS SERVICE WINDOW
T/ RAMP 3
SPECIAL TOOLS & JAN.
Right: South East Approach. Bottom: Interior view of the showroom space.
Gyana Tower [Education Tower] Mumbai, India 2009
Inspired by education and learning, this design aims to combine residential units and a school within the same vertical tower. The tower consists of a series of stacked villages with each floor plate housing both residential units and school facilities. The school is orientated to the south, wrapping around a series of large, stacked semipublic atria. The residential units are orientated to the north around smaller, more private atria. The larger atria house a variety of facilities that are shared by both the schools and public â€“ such as libraries, cafeteria, basketball courts
and playgrounds â€“ providing a valuable resource for the wider community. In addition a system of external escalators traversing the southern faĂ§ade allow the public to travel from the ground plane to the high level public skybridges and urban planes, and to interact with the public spaces throughout the building. This escalator route forms a continual green corridor of vegetation linking ground and sky, allowing for the migration of plant species throughout the tower and providing solar shading to the spaces beyond.
THIS LAST LIBRARY WILL BE CONNECTED WITH THE SKY BRIDGES, AND BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS THE OCCUPANTS OF THE BUILDING
ENGINEERING AND SCIENCES COLLEGE - SIENCE AND
MATH ORIENTED CLASSROOMS AND LABORATORIES
FINE ARTS COLLEGE - INCLUDING THE BASE FLOOR WITH THE DANCE STUDIO
DANCE STUDIO, ART STUDIO AND MUSIC ORIENTED CLASSROOMS AND SPACES
BOYS DOUBLES - SINGLES - STUDY SPACES
LIBRAL ARTS COLLEGE- LANGUAGE, BUISNESS, RESERACH ORIENTED CLASSROOMS AND SPACES
YOGA AND MEDIATAION
LARGE OPEN MEDITATION SPACE, FOR ALL STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS ALIKE GIRLS DOUBLES - SINGLES - STUDY SPACES MULTIPLE CLASS ROOMS: COMPUTER LAB, ART ROOM,
1ST, 2END, 3ERD, 4TH, 5TH
SECONDARY MUSIC THEATER
DORMS SECONDARY GYM
BATHROOMS MUSIC CLASSES, PERFORMANCE SPACE AND LARGE GROUP PRACTICE AREAS BOYS DOUBLES - SINGLES - STUDY SPACES
WORK OUT ROOM, GYMNASTICS MATS, AND BASKETBALL COURT
SKY BRIDGE DORMS
PUBLIC FLOOR BRIDGE CONECTION WITH RUNNING TRACK. LAP POOL ON RESIDENTIAL SIDE AT SAME LEVEL
GIRLS DOUBLES - SINGLES - STUDY SPACES
KITCHEN - SERVING AREA - SEATING / TABLES SPECIALIZED CLASS ROOM LEVELS: LITERATURE AND BUSINESS, MATH AND SCIENCES, FINE ARTS
BATHROOMS TEACHER’S LOUNGE: KITCHENETTE, SEATING
CHILDREN’S LIBRARY, WITH READING AREAS AND STACKS, RENTABLE ONLY BY STUDENTS LARGER CLASS ROOMS: ART / PAINTING AREA, READING CORNER, DESKS BATHROOMS
STUDENT PICK UP AND DROP OFF EXTERIOR SUNKEN IN PLAY GROUND AND PARK
FULL OF VEGETATION, TO BE USED BY BOTH THE PRIMARY AND ELEMENTARY LEVELS
ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENTAL PRINCIPAL NURSE
Towers Skeleton: Floor plates are unique to each story of the building, changing with program requirement.
Opposite Page: Upper Left: Tower Layout Upper Right: Exterior Escalator Lower Right: Village Concept Bottom: Elevator Layouts for General Public, Institutional, Residents.
Left: Vertical Section Right: Interior atrium showing students playground as well as the classrooms. Escalator is visible in the background,
West Facade: Exterior skin designed to deal with wet and hot dry season.
view of sunrise and sea view of beach and sea Altitude of 87˚
Diagram showing main direction of Monsoon rains, sun paths, as well as the best views east and west to the sea nearby.
Air Circulation Diagram. Thanks to open atrium, stack effect is created to help air circulation within interior spaces.
Detailed section showing exterior escalator and the green screen.
Model with bridge connections.
Physical Model with surrounding towers.
Boeing Visitor Center Chicago, IL 2008
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, across from their international headquarters stands Boeing visitor center. The building corresponds to the step like pattern of the old Daily News newspaper building in the back. Each step acts as an individual program space, seeming to float above the existing plaza. Truss-like structure is inspired by the Boeing headquarters across the street and helps the visitor center support its large cantilevers. The building was placed based on the sun path in order to provide the best shading from the hot sun in the summer, but take advantage of it during the winter months. Diagram showing the main views from the site and their importance.
Sun studies of the site which helped to determine the location on the building.
Diagrams showing location of the shadows on the site. Building is places so its glass facade receives maximum shading in the hot summer months and as much sunlight in the winter as possible.
Summer at Noon
Winter at Noon
Summer at 2:30pm
Winter at 2:30pm
Front elevation and section of the building. Different levels correspond to the step pattern of the building in the back, which acts as a support for part of the visitor center. South Elevation
Building approach from the southeast
Main Exhibit Level
Temp. Exhibit Level
Above: Axonometric view showing main components of the building.
Below: Section. Step patter is clearly visible.
Above: Birds eye view of west facade. Below: Interior view of the auditorium space.
Vosges Chocolate Factory Chicago, IL 2007
Located west of downtown Chicago, in an old industrial neighborhood, lies Vosges chocolate factory. Similar to the all natural chocolate it produces the factory was designed with sustainability in mind. Thanks to the open atrium natural ventilation is used to cool the building spaces. Green roof not only helps to stabilize the temperature of the building but is designed to be accessible to its workers as well as to grow plants to be used in the chocolates. The factory contains many program spaces which are typically not associated with this building type such as yoga and performance space. The shapes of the spaces in the building are as individual as the program which they inhabit. The exterior design is based on a crystalline formation of eroding rocks in nature and is meant to contrast with the older, rectangular-shaped factories surrounding it. Site Plan Underground Floor Plan
Concept studies of the exterior facade.
Factory Spaces: Open Factory Space
Concept drawing showing different program of the factory.
Storage and Support Space Office Space
Office Support Space
Textiles and Support Space Yoga Space
Mechanical Space Parking Space
Birds eye view of the building and its surroundings. Second Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Front of the factory
Yoga Room Interior
Roof Key: A B C D E F G H I J K
- Concrete Deck - Roof Membrane - Root Barrier - Drainage Mat - Growing Medium - Insulation - Steel Angle - Vapor Barrier - Water Proofing Membrane - PVC - Flashing
E D C B A
Above: View of the garden roof. Far Left: Physical model. Near Left: Physical corner detail.
Detail of the stack effect.
Typical detailed section and green roof detail.
Illinois Prairie Nature Preserve Du Quoin, IL 2008
This project details the restoration of the Illinois prairie through the creation of a memorial preserve and the reverse use of the Jefferson grid. A grid will be created which forms the underlying geometry of the preserve. This grid is derived from the Jeffersonian grid which was created to tame the unknown land by the early settlers of the midwestern United States. The process of restoration will work in reverse, the grid will be de formalized by letting nature take its course. At first land will be maintained by the working personnel but with time less and less maintenance will be done to the land. After a certain point all of the land will be sold and no maintenance
will be performed and the prairie will be allowed to grow freely. Every Individual will be able to buy an acre of land as everyone is equal on these grounds. On the edge of each plot a stone marker will be put to serve as a reminder for the future generations of what the land is used for so that it will remain untouched and undisturbed by humans. The place of burial is one of few places that everyone respects and does not disrupt. Individuals will have a choice of green burial in the landscape or being cremated. The choice of scattering the ashes on an individualâ€™s plot or being put in the chapels columbarium. The site also will include a family visitor center and a memorial garden. Site Geometry and its derived site plan.
Site location and direction of the spread.
Jeffersonian grid and its division.
Breaking down of the grid into smaller divisions.
Time line of the main events taking place on the site.
Visualization of the nature taking back the site. As the time passes main grid roads will stop being maintained until prairie takes over the whole site with only stone markers remaining as a reminder.
Chapel of the Nature Preserve
View approaching the chapel from the south.
Submerged building viewed from the north.
Interior view. Chapel opens into the prairie.
Housing of the Nature Preserve
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Submerged building viewed from the north.
Interior view. Chapel opens into the prairie.
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Environmental Control Spring/Fall Night:
During the night people will not heat the space so only air cross ventilation is necessary. The fresh cool air will enter at the lower window and be released at the wind scoop. The scoop because of its design creates low pressure areas when the air moves past is. This creates a suction effect witch will pull the air from the inside of the building.
In the Spring as well as the Fall there is no need for running radiant cooling/ heating since the temperature outside is perfect. All that has to be done is to move the air around the space. During the day people will heat up the air helping it rise and then be released by the window in the glass wall. The fresh cooler air will enter at the lower window and be released at the wind scoop.
During the night heating can be decreased so hot water only flows through certain Panels. To further insolate the building a roller shade is pulled down in front of the window. Once again geothermal piping will bring 54 degree water into the building. Stored energy from photovoltaic panels on the roof, which are used during the day, will be used to run the Water to Water heat exchanger bringing the temperature to 105 degrees. This hot water will circulate in the floor slab and the ceiling panels and the heat from it will radiate into the space.
During the winter day there is a big temperature differential between the outside and the inside so heating is necessary. Heat is lost thought building envelope, in this case mostly though windows. To heat the building geothermal piping will bring 54 degree water into the building. To help heat up the water even more, energy from the photovoltaic panels on the roof will be used to run the Water to Water heat exchanger bringing the temperature to 105 degrees. This hot water will circulate the floor slab and the ceiling panels and the heat from It will radiate into the space. Trickle vent above the window is used to get fresh air into the building.
During the summer night there is a temperature differential between the outside and inside so cooling is necessary. Hot air gets into the building through its envelope, in this case though windows. To cool the building geothermal piping will bring 54 degree water into the building. This cool water will circulate the floor slab. Since there is a temperature difference. Warm humid air when cooled will form condensation on the floor. The moisture will receive the heat from its warm surroundings and evaporate, in the process cooling the space. To help the process cross ventilation will be used. Air will enter at the scoop and will be cooled by running thought the vent in the cool ground, It will run though the building and exit at the top of the window as it is being heat up and rises.
During the summer day there is a big temperature differential between the outside and inside so cooling is necessary. Hot air gets into the building through its envelope, in this case though windows. In addition people in the space release energy. To cool the building geothermal piping will bring 54 degree water into the building. This cool water will circulate the floor slab. Since there is a big temperature difference, hot humid air when cooled will form condensation on the floor. This moisture will receive the heat from its hot surroundings and evaporate, in the process cooling the space. To help speed up the process cross ventilation will be used. Air will enter at the scoop and will be cooled by running thought the vent in the cool Ground, It will run though the building and exit at the top window along with the rest of the hot air that raises.
Color Project Installation Chicago, IL 2005
Located in the upper level of historic Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The installation is inspired by the word “Molt”. Molt: “To shed periodically part or all of a coat or an outer covering, such as feathers, cuticle, or skin, which is than replaced by a new growth.” Colorful wooden panels seem to fall down the stairs, while at the same time changing color from the dark browns to bright greens. Inspired by the changing spring season colors outside the Crown Hall. View from the bottom
Close up view of the “falling pieces” with their colored edges.
View approaching the staircase
â€œMoltâ€? installation as viewed from the top.
Verticality Project Installation Chicago, IL 2005
Located in the east corner of Illinois Institute of Technologyâ€™s Crown Hall, was a Vertical twisting tower. The installation takes cues from what it means to be vertical at 17 feet tall. Light penetrates thin slits as they rotate 2.5 degrees every step reaching almost 18 feet to the top. The tower invites the user to come inside of it, feel surrounded and experience the twisting notions. The tower creates the feeling of movement and uneasiness, as it twists up. The project is completely made up of donated, recycled wood and contains no mechanical connections. Each section was made to be easily assembled and taken apart.
Above: Vertex concept of the tower. Left: Different iterations of the twist, and the chosen twist. Right: Overall views of the tower Bottom: Detailed views of the tower.
Parametric Chair Chicago, IL 2007
Parametric chair design as a mode of digital fabrication. Wishing for it to be ergonomic, the chair is inspired by the human form. The shape is derived from measurements of a human back. These points are then replicated digitally in the model as adjustable splines which form the surface of the chair. The chair can easily be customized and fabricated according to the needs of an individual person.
Human in numbers Curves of human spine
Scale Prototype Curve of the spine
Possible curves of the spine whose points are measured and input into the program to produceâ€?customâ€? seating surface.
Thanks to parametric design nature of the chair, the possible designs are limitless.
Freehand Sketches Samples
Selection of hand sketches made over the course of study at the university, of various subject matter.
“Touch” (color pencils)
“Old Man” (charcoal)
“Nude 1” (browns pencil)
“Nude 2” (pencil)
“Flower” (color pencils) “Human Statue” (pencil)
“Headless Statue” (pencil) “Statue” (pencil)
Photography Chicago, 2008-2009
Black and white photographs taken with 35mm film SLR camera. All prints are self developed in the dark room. Subject matter taken from three different project. First and third photographs selected from series “Bridges” which documented movable iron bridges in Chicago.
Below: “Michigan Avenue Bridge” Right: “Berghoff Classic” Next page left: ”Halsted Bridge” Next page right: “C.M.M.”
Photo number two taken from series “Chicago” which attempted to capture the classical sights of the city. Fourth photo taken from the series “Portraits” aimed to capture the spirit of the person through the use of photography.
Published on Dec 26, 2012