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architecture portfolio 2014


ROBERT ALAN MOLDAFSKY School of Architecture Syracuse University, Class of 2015 818.212.3722 ramoldaf@syr.edu


CONTENTS

01

Preferred Parking

Real Estate Design and Development Long Island City, NY

02 Boutique Hotel Saratoga Springs, NY

03 Corning Museum of Glass Advanced Building Systems Case Study Corning, NY

04 Sketches Florence, Italy

05 Occupied

Theater and Residences Florence, Italy

06 Dissection Intersection Pathology Research Facility Fifth Avenue, NY


Park View Render | Rhino 5 + Vray + Photoshop


01 PREFERRED PARKING Long Island City, New York. That Point Between A and B. Preferred Parking is an automated parking garage that integrates technology, efficiency, and convenience into the daily life of the New York commuter.


SITE ANALYSIS Long Island City has also become the primary extension of living in Manhattan. Similar to parking it provides the proximity, with less expensive living. This demand provides the opportunity to develop the site with residential units. However, the subway tracks split right at the corner of the site introducing a physical barrier to the local community and greater New York City. Preferred Parking becomes the solution to break down this barrier. Preferred Parking provides the height to reach a habitable level to avoid noise, and gain desired views of Manhattan. Its amenities meet the demand of the local community in order to draw the community across or in this case “under” the tracks.

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1 Boulevard Garage - Indoor Parking 39-15 29th Street Hours: 7am - 7pm Rates: Hourly: None $10 Daily, $177 Monthly - Sedan $10 Daily, $177 Monthly – SUV Subway Proximity: 3 minutes (0.2mi) N,Q

3 Central Parking System 30-19 Northern Boulevard Hours: Mon - Fri 6am-9pm Rates: Flat rate $9.96. Monthly $131.37. - Sedan Flat Rate $14.49. Monthly $140.43. - SUV Flat Rate $14.49. Monthly $140.43. - Vans Monthly $203.85 - 16' Trucks/Buses Monthly $253.68 - 24' Trucks/Buses 3 minutes (0.1mi) N,Q 39th avenue

5 MTP Parking 23-02 42nd Avenue Hours: 6AM-10PM M-F Rates: First 3 hrs $ 5. Then daily $8. Monthly 24/7 $210, business monthly Mon- Fri- $160 - Sedan First 3 hrs $ 7. Then daily $10. Monthly 24/7 $230, business monthly Mon - Fri- $180 - SUV 5 minutes (0.2mi) 7, 7X N, Q Queensboro Plaza

2 Alert Garage Corp 30-17 40th Avenue Hours: 24 Hours Rates: 12 hours $8.16. Monthly $181.19 - Sedan/SUV 12 Hours $11.79. Monthly $235.54 - Oversized 3 minutes (0.1mi) N,Q 39th avenue

4 To NY Parking 41-10 Crescent Street Hours: 24 hours (Enter between 6 AM - 7 PM) Rates: $10 daily, $220 monthly - Sedan $15 daily, $250 monthly – SUV 2 minutes (420ft) 7, 7X N, Q Queensboro Plaza

6 Queens Plaza Parking 27-02 Queens Plaza South Hours: 6:30 AM - 9 PM M-Sat Rates: Hourly rate $5 first hr $7 second hr. Daily $10. Monthly $200 - Sedan Hourly rate $5 first hr $7 second hr. Daily $13. Monthly $220 - SUV 2 minutes (272 ft) 7, 7X N, Q Queensboro Plaza


The impetus for a parking garage was the rise in demand for parking outside of Manhattan. New York Midtown has the highest monthly parking rates with an average of $562.00/ month with New York downtown right behind at $533.00/ month. Long Island City, “LIC” provides the convenience of proximity and lower parking rates. There are currently 12 parking garages in LIC, with an average rate of $191.00/ month, but at least a 2-minute walk to any subway station.

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7 Alex Operating Corp 27-50 Jackson Avenue Hours: 7am - 7pm Rates: Up to 2 hours = $5. Then Daily rate $10 Monthly $50 - Sedan Up to 2 hours = $9. Then Daily rate $14. Monthly $100 - Sedan 5 minutes (0.2mi) 7, 7X N, Q Queensboro Plaza 8 Little Man Parking 43-29 Crescent Street Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Rates: $10 Daily - Sedan $20 Daily - SUV Monthly: None 6 minutes (.03mi) 7, 7X N, Q Queensboro Plaza

11 MTP Parking 9 MTP Parking Arris Lofts Garage 27-28 Thomson Avenue 47-20 30th Place Hours: 24 Hours Hours: 24 Hours Rates: $ 5.00 for first 3 hours then daily rate $9.50 - Sedan Rates: First 3 hours $ 5. Then daily rate $10. Business monthly 24/7 $270.00, business monthly Monday - Friday Mon - Fri- $160 - Sedan $185.00 - Sedan First 3 hours $ 7. Then daily rate $12. Business monthly $ 7.00 for first 3 hours then daily rate $11.50 - SUV Mon - Fri- $180 - SUV 24/7 $250.00, business monthly Monday - Friday 12 minutes (0.6mi) G $205.00 - SUV 9 minutes (0.4 mi) E, M, R 10 Court Square Parking 45-40 Court Square  Hours: 24 Hours Rates: First hour $2.50 Next 3 hours $1.50 or $10.50 for 5-12hours - Sedans/SUV $21 Daily,$190+$25 deposit Monthly - Sedan/SUV 4 minutes (0.2mi) G

12 Queens West 47-05 Center Boulevard Hours: 24 Hours Rates: Hourly rate $10. Daily rate $14. Monthly $270 until September - Sedan Hourly rate $15. Daily rate $14. Monthly $270 until September - SUV 10 minutes (0.5mi) 7, 7X


THE PROCESS Preferred Parking has a grocery store, UPS, and dry cleaners. These amenities were determined by a 10 minute walking radius. One of the greatest conveniences of Manhattan is the residents’ proximity to all of their daily necessities. Long Island City is under going dramatic development changes and the North East is primarily a business district. Therefore, in order to make the neighborhood desirable to residential living, these given Manhattan amenities are introduced. These amenities work in conjunction with the Parking Garage.

10 min walk (0.5 mi)

Street View Render | Rhino 5 + Photoshop


Step 1|Errand Checklist Using the Preferred parking phone app, check off what daily services PP needs to complete.

Step 2 | Park The Preferred Parking automated parking garage will park the car.

Step 3 | Continue to Work Whether the commute is to Midtown or local in Long Island City, PP will load groceries, pickup dry cleaning, or mail a package during the workday.

Step 4 | Car Pickup The GPS locator will notify Preferred Parking when in proximity of garage.

Step 5. Head Home All errands are completed, only parking once.


PARKING SYSTEM The Automated Parking Garage is a Puzzle System. In a horizontal puzzle system a grid of pallets covers a solid floor, or steel frame, and each pallet is supported by a set of rollers and belts that are driven by motors fitted to the support frames underneath each pallet location. The rollers and belts maneuver the pallets until the pallet with the required vehicle on is maneuvered to the desired location. The pallet support frames are installed in all possible parking positions and typically there are two fewer pallets than support frames per floor that provides the necessary free spaces to maneuver the pallets.

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Plan A|Parking Levels 4-10 65 spaces/ floor

However, if the customer notifies Preferred Parking (through the PP App) that services need to be rendered, the car will go to the service floor at the top. This floor is connected to all the amenities as a central hub. If a package needs to be sent or laundry needs to be done, they will retrieve it from the car. If laundry or packages need to be picked up, or grocery shopping needs to be done, they will load it into the car. At the end of the day, the errands will be completed.

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PREFERRED LIVING Preferred Living consists of 98 Luxury Residences that redefine the convenience of New York City living. The residential form is derived from the elements of the site. The units and floor plate enlarge as the building progresses. Meanwhile the faรงade decreases in mass due to the decrease in sound insulation from the train tracks. Lastly, the perforations are representative of the density of each floor.

VIEWS Glazing

FREQUENCY Sound Proofing

DENSITY OF SPACE Occupancy

Interior Render | Photoshop


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Floors 22-29 3 bedroom units

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Floors 12-21 2 bedroom | 1 bedroom units

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Floors 2-11 Studio | 1 bedroom units


Park View Render | Rhino 5 + Vray + Photoshop


02 BOUTIQUE HOTEL Saratoga Springs, New York

A reclamation of public space through contemporary intervention in a historic city.


HOTEL CONCEPT

The existing building morphology provides a historic canvas for modern intervention. Saratoga Spring’s economy relies primarily on the tourism that occurs surrounding the Saratoga Race Track. Therefore, there is a high demand for hotels and long term stays. The historic Saratoga Springs culture is epitomized by the “porch condition. Here a

socio-economic culture develops between the social interactions of the elite. This boutique hotel strives to reclaim the ground floor for the general public. This forces the hotel to reposition itself above the square and provide an area of congregation for the Saratoga Springs community.

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HOTEL Exclusivity/Private

“PORCH” Integrate Public and Hotel

PUBLIC SPACE Ground Plane 32’

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Elevator Lobby Presidential Suite (1st floor) Vending/ Laundry Service

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BUILDING SYSTEMS HVAC - Extended facade, enveloped in cor-ten steel to hide cooling towers HVAC - South facing shading device to reduce cooling days. Plumbing - Rooms positioned back to back to share wet wall. HVAC- Hydronic Valence System allows entire floor area to be utilized. Egress - Fire Stairs enveloped in cor-ten steel

HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical - centralized mechanical equipment space. Acoustics- Fabric drop down ceiling to reduce echo in tall restaurant

| Rhino 5 + Vray

Hydronic Valence Unit

Ventilation Supply Duct

Air Return at Door Undercut to corridor


03 ADVANCED BUILDING SYSTEMS Corning Museum of Glass

Advanced Building Systems was a semester long in depth case study of a well-designed building. In collaboration with Sam Kallman, Elizabeth Arens, and Ann O’Connell, we produced a 71 page comprehensive analysis of the Corning Museum of Glass by Gunner Birkerts. Our investigation tested the success of the exterior envelope and developed a valuable illustration of the necessary mechanical and structural systems.

photo credit | cmog.org

HVAC | Upper Level

Structure | Upper Level

HVAC | Lower Level

Structure | Lower Level


1964

1974

1995

2005

IBM Office Building

Saint Catherine Chapel

1980

University Reform Church

Winter Solstice | December 21st 3pm

University of Michigan Law Library

Corning Museum of Glass

Equinox | March 21st + September 21st 3pm

Summer Solstice | June 21st 3pm


04 SKETCHES Florence, Italy.


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CCUPIE Florence, Italy. The revitalization of a Florence city block and the reactivation of its urban artifacts.


DEFINING THE CIRCLE The site produced a lack of density over the wall and across the Arno. The porosity of the block allows typical urban courtyards to become one public space. Looking at the figures at play, the gasametro and the old city wall stand out as a formal anomaly. They have lost their original purpose and no longer speak to the collective. Therefore, they are mute. It is in this moment my design was derived. A repetition of the gasametro figure has the potential to develop a connection between all three figures. I investigated the formal characteristics of circular architecture through precedents. More specifically, the definition of a circle. (i.e. void, mass, sequence through density.) The form becomes an inversion of the existing gasametro, a void within a mass versus an object in a space. The circular amphitheater provides a reclamation of the public domain, defined by the commercial mass.

Trajans Market

Social Science Research Center

Teatro Olimpico

Dominican Motherhouse

Florence Baptistry

Domus Aurea

Casa Mantenga

Guggenheim

Villa Rotunda

Florence Duomo

Colesium


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RESIDENTIAL UNITS The theater section continues into the apartments above. Each floor is single loaded with lofted units in order to provide each unit with a Juliette balcony in the amphitheater.


06 DISSECTION INTERSECTION New York, New York. The rectification of 5th Avenue’s linear façade condition, interrupted at the Broadway intersection.


MANHATTAN EXPANDED(ing) Manhattan is the ideal grid city. The grid system has allowed the city to develop at an impeccable rate with little disruption to the urban plan. However, the evolution of Manhattan produced moments of intersection where the grid is defied. Manhattan distinguished itself as a colony founded on the principles of commerce as opposed to religion quickly became the gateway to the Americas. With the Dutch East India Company fur trade the region developed a booming economy, sustaining a growing population. Manhattan Island was chosen as the site of Fort Amsterdam, a citadel for the protection of the new arrivals; its 1625 establishment is recognized as the birth date of New York City. The 17th and 18th centuries were slow in development, in comparison to future centuries, which caused a jigsaw plan composed of individual grids joined at haphazard intersections. At the beginning of the 19th century a complete map of New York was developed in order to avoid real estate chaos predicted by the rapid growing population. The considerations for street plans included circle, ovals, and stars. However, the gridiron prevailed due to its association with other early American cities (i.e. Philadelphia, Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans.) The gridiron also corresponded to the basis of the developing lifestyle based on commerce, industrial growth, and most importantly economy. The straight-sided right angled houses are the most cheap to build and most convenient to live in therefore the gridiron mimics these principles. Between 1821 and 1855, New York City’s population quadrupled, which sparked rapid development surrounding the harbors. The city defined itself as a strong urban settlement which brought with it a lack of open park-like space. Therefore, people would flock to areas like cemeteries to escape the hectic city-life. In response the plan for central park was commissioned. The leading innovation in Olmstead and Vaux’s design was its four independent traffic networks: walkways for

pedestrians, bridle paths for horses, carriage drives for wheeled vehicles, and cross-town transverses for city traffic. Row houses were constructed in mass quantities by 1876. By the turn of the 20th century, the very rich of New York had migrated to the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 59th Street and 96th Street, the stretch where Fifth Avenue faces Central Park. The first two hundred years of Manhattan’s development consisted of expanding horizontally, organizing every square foot. Since ground space was scarce less, the 20th century developed the city vertically, towards the skies.


THE INTERSECTION The Flat Iron Building was the first skyscraper in Manhattan. It stood in the place of the Cumberland Hotel and symbolized a shift from the aristocracy to the rise of capitalism. The typology that was initially used in the Flat Iron was the use of steel columns in a grid formation that shifted the weight distribution from the façade to the buildings core. Here elevators made their mark, in response to rising structures. However, the Flat Iron Building stands as an object as opposed to a façade. This is achieved by the openness produced by the Broadway and 5th Avenue intersection. The Flat Iron Building acts as a force that slices the other buildings opposing it that causes a discrepancy in the 5th Avenue façade condition. The design proposes to rectify the linear façade conditions by extruding the façade of those interrupted buildings. The extrusion exposes the façade condition and allows it to be occupied and experienced from both sides. This is represented through a perpendicular form. The extrusion houses a Pathology research facility because it parallels the dissection of façade. The billboard façade is occupied by a mannequin factory which resembles the fallacy of the skin with the intersection of reality.


photo credit | Alex Peck’s Medical Antiques Archives


Circulation

Confirmation Space

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Dissection Space

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Site Model|Wood Construction + Laser Cutter Studio Collaboration. Co-led with Chris Kovel + Kurt Rogler.


Model | 3D Print (acrylic plastic)


M O L D A F S K Y

EDUCATION

Syracuse University School of Architecture Bachelor of Architecture, Class of 2015 Minor in Economics and Real Estate Chancellor’s Scholarship, Dean’s List National Society of Collegiate Students Coluccio Salutati Writing Award International Study. Florence, Italy (2013) Istanbul, Turkey (May 2012) Real Estate Design and Development Studio (2013)

La Canada High School, Class of 2010 Outstanding Integrity and Leadership Award Bank of America Art Scholarship Best Artist (2008, 2009) California Scholarship Federation

EMPLOYMENT

Rob Sanders Architects Wilton, CT (2013) Historical Preservation. Assisted in design development. Documented existing site conditions.

De Angelis Designs Intern La Canada, CA (2012) Produced sections and plans using AutoCAD. Edited construction documents/architectural drawing.

City Planning Department Intern La Canada, CA (2011) Converted building and safety permits to electronic files. Site visits for zoning code enforcement.

Architect Shadow, Holnes + Zepeda Architects Hollywood, CA (2011) Observed client meetings, design process, and site visits.

Art Teacher’s Assistant – Lindsey Epstein Art Studio La Canada, CA (2007-2010) Taught art to elementary and middle school students: drawing, painting, and ceramics. Logo Design – MMOP Los Angeles, CA (2009) Designed the label/logo and assisted in image development for Middle Market Operating Partners.


STUDIO HONORS

SKILLS

LEADERSHIP

AIA Center of Architecture Exhibition. Selected to represent Syracuse University. New York, NY (2012) Exhibited at Syracuse StoreFront Gallery. Syracuse University, NY (2012) Excellence in Real Estate Design. Exhibited at Syracuse Warehouse. Syracuse University, NY (2013) Co-Led Student team to build 1/200th scale of 5th Avenue. New York, NY. (2012) Led Student team to build 16’ X 18’ site model of Syracuse. Syracuse University, NY (2011) Rhino 5, V-Ray, AutoCAD 2012, Adobe CS 5, Laser Cutter, 3D printer Modeling (Resin, Rockite, wood, plexi-glass, museum board, chip, foam). Drafting (Graphite, Ink)

Student Association Assembly Syracuse University, NY (2012) Selected to represent the School of Architecture in the governing body of Syracuse University. Vice President, Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity Syracuse University, NY (2013) Coordinated risk management and public relations. Peer Advising Co-Coordinator and Student Liaison Syracuse University, NY (2011) Selected as mentor and admissions assistant. Mentored incoming freshman architecture students. AIAS Class of 2015 Representative Syracuse University, NY (2011) Developing educational opportunities for students in the School of Architecture and affiliated schools. Senior Class President, Associated Student Body LCHS La Canada, CA (2010) Planned all senior events; student faculty liaison; designed apparel and accessories; Master of ceremonies for 12 events. Constructed 8’ x 32’ foamcore pirate ship for homecoming event. City of La Canada Youth Council La Canada, CA (2008-2010) Five Member Council. Promoted a community for the younger demographic including event planning and passing legislation to improve the lives of the city’s youth. Bridge Peer Counselor LCHS La Canada, CA (2010) Resource for students in need of emotional support. Mentored and orientated new students. 21st Century Architecture Institute Member LCHS La Canada, CA (2006-2008) Developed basic skills in architecture; studied professional, business, and design issues.

818.212.3722 ramoldaf@syr.edu


ROBERT ALAN MOLDAFSKY School of Architecture Syracuse University, Class of 2015 818.212.3722 ramoldaf@syr.edu


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