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SARA FONTANA ARCHITECT myPORTFOLIO


On the cover Jan Dibbets | ‘Four Courts, Dublin’ collage of colour copier prints and pencil on paper The artist’s research on space and light’s manipulation and perception, using mostly photography, has given an essential contribution to my work. Architectural elements come into perceptual tension with anamorphism, in photographic reproductions applied directly to walls, ceilings and floors, creating false perspectives. This reveales an extraordinary control of geometry and space perception.

sept2007-jan2015 Politecnico di Milano - Italy BACHELOR DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURE OF CONSTRUCTION sept2010 MASTER DEGREE IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE apr2014 TUTORING oct2014-jan2015

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jan2015 Ordine degli architetti di Milano - Italy LICENSE TO PRACTICE (PART III EQUIVALENT)

feb2015-apr2015 IKEA - Italy COM-IN DEPARTMENT - INTERIOR DESIGNER

apr2015-june2015 arcHITects - Milan, Italy ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT

sept2015-oct2015 aechi Studio di architettura - Milan, Italy ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT

jan2016 ARB - UK REGISTRED ARCHITECT nov2015-sept2017 Studio Seilern Architects - London, UK ARCHITECT


SARA FONTANA

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ABOUT ME After my master degree in Interior Architecture at Politecnico di Milano in April 2014, I carried on for two years the role of Academic Tutor in the Laboratory of Interior Design and Exhibition Design, for students enrolled in the last year of the Master degree of Interior Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. I had also worked as Interior designer in the COM&IN department at IKEA Italy, learning the principles of retail and home furnishing, and for some Architectural practices in Milan, Italy. In January 2015 I got the License for the profession (Part III equivalent) and at the end of the year 2015 I started a collaboration with SSA Studio Seilern Architects in London. During my studies I developed my design skills on different types and phases. I also got to

work with several different professionists, from the field of interior design to urban planning, which influenced my problem-solving and flexibility skills. My various working experiences help me to develop the ability to work both independently as well as in collaboration with teams of different nature and number. Thanks to several international competitios, I have developed great skills of time menaging, team organisazion and of meeting deadlines. My passion for architecture and interior design continuously leads me to work with enthusiasm and curiosity, and desire to grow in my ability and skills. My goal is to go through a professional career in the field of Interior Design, exercising my ability mostly on site, in a construction phase.


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06 The Chapel // Wandsworth, London, UK @SSA 350 m2. Refurbishment and Interior Design. Completion 2018. Design options, client presentations, planning application and restoration studies. RIBA stage 3 12 Wellington College PAC // Crowthorne UK @SSA 3150 m2. New building. Budget 15M. Completion date 2018. Construction building packages (wall types, ceiling types, stairs, balustrades), site visits and inspections. RIBA stage 4-5 14 Ametria // Athens, Greece @arcHITects 1500 m2. Temporary exhibition. Design options, 3D modelling and construction drawings. DESIGN 16 House of an Artist // Baia Mare, Romania @Dan Andresan Sculptural furniture in marble and wood. INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS 18

450 West 21st Street. NYC // Residential tower. USA

ACADEMIC PROJECTS 22 Master Thesis: Art on the lake // Regoledo (Lecco), Italy New landmark on the east cost of Como Lake. 26 [CASA] 3 // ONE MAN LIVING at Politecnico di Milano, Italy Interior Architecture Workshop of Micro housing // Winner

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Premio Piranesi Prix de Rome // Accademia Adrianea, Villa Adrianea, Tivoli (Rome), Italy Museography and landscape design on archeological sites Cnidia Temple // Shortlisted

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THE CHAPEL // 2017 Location: London, UK Scope: Office Area: 350 m² Budget: n/a Completion Date: 2018 Client: Private Architect: Studio Seilern Architects Structural engineers: EOC

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The Chapel is a listed building of character and historical interest. The proposed scheme adopts a heritage led approach to the building, which respects the significance of the existing listed building whilst successfully accommodating the character and style of the new owner. The design for the Chapel consists of a

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complete renovation of the interior space and a restoration of the existing listed building. The aim is to provide a space for a private office divided in three floors, plus a new structure for a mezzanine. The building has been heavily altered in the past years, and little of the original

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fabric remains. It is proposed to remove the insensitive modern interventions and seek to better reveal the original fabric of the building. It is not proposed to create an anaesthetised traditional exhibition space, but the building will be given a new identity.

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THE CHAPEL The proposal seeks to comprehensively restore and refurbish the existing building to accomodate its use as the studio and workshop of the Client. A heritage led approach has been taken to the proposed alterations to ensure that the work enhances and better reveals the significance of this building.

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The design proposal suggests to move the balustrade in front of the existing columns. The relocation of the timber balcony would allow an overall view of the original feature no longer interrupted by the columns.

LISTED TIMBER SCREEN: The proposed design keeps the timber screen in its original location and doesn’t modify any part of the heritage feature. A lighting strategy would enhance every part of the timber screen such as the curved ceiling, the rhythm of the decorations and the frosted glass.


WINDOWS AND STONE CONSERVATION WORKS: - clean the brickwork and stonework - fully refurbish or replace the existing windows. - remove all fixed glazing on site and replace with new traditional leaded lights and perimeter seal.

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Landscape Concept:

Location: Berkshire, UK

our aim is to set the new Performance Arts Theatre within a heathland landscape, to strengthen the visual and physical connection between the new building, the Cultural Quarter and the South Front of the College, and encourage pedestrian priority throughout this area.

Scope: Educational

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Spoil generated from the building work will be used – much in the manner it was used in the same landscape in the late c17th - to create a series of gentle undulations, or mounds, to direct movement and to accentuate views to and from the Performing Arts Theatre. The mounts will be covered with heaths, ferns and native grasses and their slopes will be planted with carefully placed and picturesquely shaped Scots, Mugo pines and Black pines. These trees and their canopies will frame views to and from the South Front and the New Performing Arts Centre, and will complement the victorian planting in the college grounds. Low cherry laurel hedges – like the clipped c19th hedges found in the Master’s Garden – will edge many of the paths. Additional swathes of bamboo planting are proposed to be planted close to the Mandarin Centre to better integrate it within the landscape.

Area: 250 m² Budget: 15M

Completion Date: 2018

Client: Wellington College

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The main approach to the ‘Cultural Living Room’ and main entrance will be a broad gravel-bound path, which will sweep gently down to the Entrance Plaza. open in character, it will provide a clear perimeter to the ‘Drum’ of the proposed Performing Arts Theatre. In contrast to this, an alternative route winds through series of low planted mounds: this serpentine path has an intimate character and will provide framed views to the Performing Arts Theatre and the neighbouring landscape. A series of serpentine paths will also be formed to the Mandarin Centre to Queen’s Court, the Music School and the Performing Arts Theatre, to improve connections across the Cultural Quarter.


WELLINGTON COLLEGE Many institutes of learning now seek to educate through self-discovery, enabling students to discover what makes them who they are, so they may begin to take responsability for their own development. The design of Wellington College’s new Cultural

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Quarter consists of a new Performance Art Centre and a ‘Cultural living room’, with the aim to provide a space where this approach to education can flourish, both through formal and spontaneous performances.

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THE AUDITORIUM

When entering the CLR, the heart of the Cultural Quarter, students will be met with spontaneous exhibitions, performances or social gatherings all set against an inspiring forest backdrop. By allowing music, dance and theatrical rehearsal to be integrated within this Cultural Living Room, it truly becomes a space for artistic happenings, as well as a social hub for the creative community of Wellington College.

CULTURAL LIVING ROOM Attached to the auditorium is placed the new Cultural Living Room, a ‘public square’ between the campus with the existing theatre. This space is not limited by its four walls, rather it is a public space that is vibrant, open, filled with natural light and boasting a large window overlooking the forest, inhabitated by students of the arts.

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The main auditorium’s circular shape is inspired by historic Grecian amphitheatres, creating a building with no angles: a form that sits softly within the forest landscape. Designed with high quality acoustics and efficient circulation in mind, this Performance Art Centre is the venue for students to showcase their creative talents in a formal setting. The balcony front has been designed as an evolving surface that reflects and

scatters the sound in order to maximize the theatrical experience.


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The walls of the exhibition space soon close in and different avenues of works appear, leaving the viewer unsure which way to head. Unexpected pieces begin to sneak into the mix.

connections appear and the purposeless drive presents a dark and absorbing alternative path. Based on an idea by Roberto Cuoghi and HIT Architects.

With over 150 works shown in this bold way, unexpected and unforeseen

Organized by the DESTE Foundation in collaboration with the Benaki Museum.

AMETRIA // 2015 Location: Benaki Museum, Athens GR Scope: Temporary Exhibition Area: 1.200 m² Completion Date: 2015 Client: Deste Foundation + Benaki Museum Architect: HIT ArcHITects

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Support in MDF, painted in water-based emulsion Work of art

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Laminated glass 3+3 extra light Internal base for glass fixing Perimeter structure in MDF, painted in water-based emulsion Weight inside

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HOUSE OF AN ARTIST

Location: Baia Mare, Romania Scope: Residential Completion Date: 2015 Client: Private Architect: Dan Andresan

Simple lines and gestures are characterizing this work and are the main guidelines for the design. The new owner agreed to a design that keeps the feeling and the memory of the artist, original owner of the building.

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The presence of massive wood timber and natural materials, like travertine, are reminding of the former workshop atmosphere, but give the functionality of a modern house. Every piece of furniture is custom designed with this idea in mind. With simple cuts and lines it gives the new home the necessary functionality for comfortable living, meeting the owner’s requirements.

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The design concept follows the poetic line of the sculptor, the original owner of the house, who used for his works mainly logs and slabs of light marble.

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The same concept is used for the sink in the kitchen and in the bathrooms, becoming domestic sculptures in the home spaces.


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540 21st street NYC Location: New York Area: 16.107 m² Budget: n/a Scope: Mixed use 21st street 20th street

Architect: Studio Seilern Architects Building Codes: Consultants Jack Callahan Zoning Analysus: Michael Parley

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1909 theorem: The Skyscraper as utopian device for production od unlimited numbers of virgin sites on a single metropolitan location.

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West 21st Street is a concept developed for a new skyscraper project in New York City. The site is located at the riverfront of the Hudson River and offers two strong views: to the South West, facing towards the river and Hoboken with spectacular sunsets; and to the East, facing towards the Empire State Building and the exiting Manhattan rooftops. The 16.107m2 project (24 floors) includes a mixed use scheme, with residential units located at the upper levels in the tower, and commercial units in the plinth at the lower levels. The commercial units are occupied by an art gallery. “The site being in the art quarter is something that should be capitalised on. The nature of the “near corner” site mean we can offer the gallery a unique dual aspect and sculpture count, as private and jewel like as the one in the Moma” said Christina Seilern, principal of SSA.

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THE SCULPTURE GARDEN Inspired by the sculpture court at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the plinth is reduced to form a sculpture garden for both the gallery and the residential reception. The multiple corner formation and the emphasis on the two great views, informed the flexible floor plans, which

can easily be adapted in response to fluctuating market conditions. The most valuable units are the apartments located at the top of the tower, while the least valuable are the commarcial units at the ground floor level and therefore maximising the residential element became a key

driven for the design. Glass is employed as a material in a variety of qualities and textures in consideration of the need for light, the desire to take advantage of the exceptional views, the need for acoustic protection and for security.

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MASTER THESIS: ART ON THE LAKE The Master thesis project was born from the desire to give an architectural sign in the territory of the eastern coast of Como lake, that is almost completely wild. The project area is located in the hillside, on the eastern front of the lake, in the middle of the famous Path of the Wanderer, which runs along the entire lake. The project develops with the study and

widening of an old building, that was an heliotherapies plant, built in the 19th Century. It has a particular infrastructure, a funicular, that allowed the vertical connection with the lakeshore. The research develops with the direct dialogue between the natural and artificial morphologies of the territory, through the type of terracing.

MASTER THESIS // April 2014 School: Politecnico di Milano, Italy Location: Regoledo (Lecco), Italy Scope: Thermal Plant, hotel and exibition space


THE TERRACE CONCEPT The area of â&#x20AC;&#x2039;â&#x20AC;&#x2039;the project is characterized by a terrace morphology, typical of the eastern coast of the lake. This allows the exploitation of the soil, despite the steep slope and the possibility of various crops. The morphological characteristic of the territory of Lecchese, consisting of large and large terraces, led to a deeper and varied study of the declination of this type of intervention. In order to allow a thorough and in-depth study of the Settlement Act, formal references and formal examples of architectural interventions in a totally natural environment, which is openly compared to soil morphology, with curvature height jumps on the ground in the area. They have been fundamental in verifying the various formal

The lake of Como - Site Location

approaches that can be addressed, for example by searching for flows, or by managing land shares or ultimately a purely compositional and aesthetic goal. It is therefore important to study the origins and the architectural rules of the interventions studied to fully understand the obtained formal result. The project is directly tackled with the presence of the context, especially that of the morphology of the territory, in part artificial for the intervention of man in the cultivations, with interventions on the shares of terraced terrain. In addition, the presence of the elotiotrophic plant forces the hotel directly to dial with the large tall building. For this reason the intervention strategies are explained by the terrain morphology for the new hotel and the high morphology of the existing building.

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Hotel suites plan: 1. structure 2. plaster coating 3. aluminum spacer 4. mobile frame 5. wooden sliding shutter 6. glazed door 7. movable frame 8. external stone pavement 9. external wooden decking 10. steel handrail

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three large terraces that constitute a single large building. The various functions, all linked to the ancient thermal building, are therefore an expansion

contains the funicular station and a museum space. The terraces roof is practicable as a belvedere trail with some strategic panoramic points of view.

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ONE MAN LIVING [CASA]3 [CASA3] // 2008 School: Politecnico di Milano, Italy Location: Bovisa Campus, Milan, Italy Scope: Micro Housing Team: Francesca Brioschi // WINNER PROJECT

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Academic competition organized by the Interior Design Laboratory on the design research about the micro-units for living. The idea was to experiment the modelling of the small volume given, to find new ways to identify the functions in the home space. Unexpected "rooms" are coexisting in the same micro-unit.

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PREMIO PIRANESI PRIX DE ROME ACCADEMIA ADRIANEA

PIRANESI // 2013 Location: Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy Scope: Museum in an archeological site

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The Premio Piranesi_Prix de Rome is intimately and structurally tied to the Villa Adriana International Museography Seminar Design Competition and it constitutes the didactic and professional training as well as participatory dimension.

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WORK EXPERIENCE 2017 PAG 06-09

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_The Chapel // Wandsworth, London, UK 350 m2. Refurbishment and Interior Design. Completion date 2018. Design options, client presentations, planning application and restoration studies. RIBA stage 3 _Wellington College PAC // Crowthorne UK 3150 m2. New building. Budget 15M. Completion date 2018. Construction building packages (wall types, ceiling types, stairs, balustrades), site visits and inspections. RIBA stage 4-5

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_Aiglon college // Music and art campus. CH International competition _Bassett Road // London UK 250 m2. Refurbishment and new extension. Planning application at RBKC, London UK. RIBA stage 1-2. _The Science City // Research and exibition center. EG International competition _Suncheon Art Platform // Cultural city hub. KR International competition

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_450 West 21st Steet. NYC // Residential tower. USA International competition _Paros // Paros Island, Greece 350 m2. New Building. Feasibility study, design options. _Koilada Houses // POrt Heli, Greece 600 m2. New Building. Feasibility study, design options. _Artisan hub // Milan, Italy 600 m2. Refurbishment of industrial buildings. Feasibility study. _Via Settembrini // MIlan, Italy 115 m2. Interior refurbishment. Client presentation, design options. _Hostess // @HIT agency - Milan, Italy International events end EXPO2015

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_Ametria // Athens, Greece 1500 m2. Temporary exhibition. Design options, 3D modelling and construction drawings. _Interior design projects // Milan, Italy Residential, office, recording studio and retail. _Showroom design IKEA // Mood boards, storytelling and execution.

2014

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_University Tutor for Specialised courses // Politecnico di Milano, Italy Interior Design and Exhibition Design for students enrolled in the 2nd year of the Master in Interior Architecture _Medical offices // @ Manuele Rivolta - Dergano MI, Italy 920m2. Refurbishment of a traditional building. New proposal for a medical corporation. Feasibility study, Building survey, client presentation. _House of an Artist // @ Dan Andresan - Baia Mare, Romania Furniture design, Construction drawings, Local competitions. _La Selvatica BB // Nonantola MO, Italy


350m2. Refurbishment of a traditional building to host a Bed and Breakfast in the countryside. Layout proposal and physical work. _Playground underground // Stresa NO, Italy 50m2. refurbishment of a basement plan of a summer house on the Varese lake. Layout proposal and execution. _Host @ Airbnb.com // Milan, Italy

2012 and before...

_Building survey // @ Arch. Paolo Magri - Milan, Italy Technical schedules, building survey and construction drawings _Academic Internship @ GRU architetti - Milan, Italy 150 hours. Interior refurbishments, International competition. _Academic Internship @ AM projects - Milan, Italy 150 hours. Social housing layout, interior layout.

EXHIBITIONS SEP 2012 // ON THE ROAD, in viale Certosa, Milan Italy _ Interior Architecture Workshop Invited with UrbanGardENIng - Rebel nature in the city

APR 2011 // BSIDECITY at Milan Design Week - Zona Tortona, Italy

_ Interior Design Workshop Invited with UnderGroundAround - Kindergarden // Shortlisted

JULY 2008 // ONE MAN LIVING at Politecnico di Milano, Italy

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_ Interior Architecture Workshop Invited with [CASA] 3 - Micro housing // Winner

EDUCATION JAN 2015 // ESAME DI ABILITAZIONE PER LA PROFESSIONE (Part III equivalent),

Politecnico di Milano, Italy Final qualifying examination in Architecture professional practice.

APR 2014 // M. ARCH. School of Architecture and Society, Politecnico di Milano, Italy Master Degree // Interior Architecture Thermal plant on the lake - 107/110

AUG 2013 // PIRANESI PRIX DE ROME Accademia Adrianea, Villa Adrianea, Tivoli, Italy

International Workshop // Museography and landscape design on archeological sites Cnidia Temple // Shortlisted

JULY 2010 // B. ARCH, School of Civil Architecture, Politecnico di Milano, Italy Bachelor Degree // Architecture Construction The laws of semplicity - 108/110

JULY 2007 // SCIENTIFIC DIPLOMA Falcone e Borsellino High School, Arese MI, Italy

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THANK YOU feel free to contact me sfontana6@gmail.com

Portfolio // Sara Fontana  

MA Architect

Portfolio // Sara Fontana  

MA Architect

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