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architectural design

PORTFOLIO SHEEMANTINI PAIK


SHEEMANTINI PAIK

316 Pheasant Run Ct, Blacksburg, VA 24060 +1(540)4498758 roosha@vt.edu Registered architect : CoA, India

Master of Architecture

Virginia Tech | Blacksburg, VA, USA

Bachelor of Architecture

Jadavpur University | Kolkata, India

(2016-2018) (2011-2016)

PROFESSIONAL Summer Intern May - August 2017

BSB Design | Charlotte, NC

Intern Architect June - November 2014

Salient Design Studio | Kolkata, India

Graduate Teaching Assistant August 2017- May 2018

Virginia Tech | Blacksburg, VA

Research Associate November 2017 - May 2018

Virginia Tech CRC | Blacksburg, VA

Worked on Elevation Study, 3D modeling, Material Study, SD package and Client meetings for a student housing at Sacramento, CA Designed and modeled Elevation options for a student housing near Virginia Tech Fire Code Study & Calculations, Plans & Modification of Unit Plans, 3D modeling and SD package for a student housing in Reno, NV Library database set up for Sketchup and Photoshop Standards Study, Zoning, Report & Area Statement, DD set, Planning, 3D modeling, CD set and Consultant Co-ordination for a Police Academy at Howrah, India Site Study & Measure Drawing, Digitisation of Existing Plans, DD and Submittal of an adaptive reuse project of an Urban Heritage Park and Recreation Centre In Kolkata, India Site & Design Analysis, DD and 3D modeling of Studio Apartments and Residential apartments near Kolkata, India Course: Second Year Design Studio and Building Cities with Prof.Sharone Tomar Graded assignments, Administrative work, Assisted in research projects, Delivered Indesign Tutorial and Portfolio Workshop Research on ‘Time & Culture in South Asia’ with Dr. Hertel Graphical analysis of stylistic differences of potrayal of Durga in cards collected from India

ACADEMIC Workshop attendee October 2017

Impact Design Summit

National Building Museum, DC

Design Participation July 2017

Barkitecture CLT

Student Entry May 2017 Student Entry July 2015 Trainee December 2013 Event Coordinator September 2013

ACSA Annual Steel Design Competition

Charlotte, NC

Annual NASA Design Competition Trophy Cost-Effective Design Techniques + Principles

Laurie Baker Centre for Habaitat Studies, Thiruvananthapuram

NASA Panel Discussion


CV AFFILIATIONS Design Head (2017-2018) NOMAS at Virginia Tech

Outreach Volunteer (2017-2018)

Association for India’s Development

Creative Consultant (2016-2018)

Bengali Association at Virginia Tech

AWARDS International Logo Design | Winner Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games Poster Design | Winner Indian Institute of Architects WB Chapter Main Design | Runner up Zonal National Architectural Convention Photography | Runner up Salient Design Studio Competition

SKILLS AutoCAD Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign Adobe Illustrator Revit (modeling+CDs) Google Sketchup Rhinoceros Vray Ecotect Climate Consultant Lumion ArcMap GIS

Hand drafting Model making Rendering Sketching Painting Mixed media Graphics Digital Art Photography

EXTRA CURRICULAR Collaborative Painting Exhibition Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata Annual sports | Best athlete Gokhale Memorial Girls’ School, Kolkata Swimming | Best female swimmer Lake Town Association, Kolkata


CONTENTS Architecture of Connections

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A-way of Life

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The Bluegrass Experience

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Exploratory Learning

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Reinterpreting an Urban Landscape

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Unbuilding a building

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Tensile Pavilion

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Eclectic Enclosure

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In Symmetry

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Tangible Release

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Architecture of Connections MIXED-USE URBAN HUB Location: Roanoke, VA Project type: Academic Studio: Spring 2018 Graduate Architectural Thesis

This thesis is an investigation into the role of architecture as a medium for establishing connections. This idea is explored at four scales: the urban, the immediate context, the building and the interpersonal. Architecturally, it addresses the complexities of an intervention into an urban fabric and embraces the contextual. It is an attempt to re-animate the core of Downtown Roanoke, through the adaptive re-use of an inert built mass by putting it in conversation with its surroundings. Programmatically, it responds to a collaborative transient workspace catering to individual entrepreneurs or small groups of independent start-up enthusiasts, or simply mobile workers. The thesis focuses on connections as the language through which these stories find their expression.

GREENWAY HISTORIC DISTRICT MAIN DOWNTOWN SITE

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PHYSICAL CONNECTION

PHENOMENOLOGICAL CONNECTION

TECTONIC

TIME

LIGHT

SOCIAL

TOPOGRAPHICAL

ECONOMICAL

TACTILE

POLITICAL

MATERIAL

HISTORICAL

CIRCULATORY

‘PLACE’ INTERPERSONAL

A set of subtractive cuts are made on the inert shell that puts the building in conversation to its surroundings. The paths connecting the cuts in the external shell become streets inside the building which create pockets of static zones or ‘plots’ generating different scales of workspaces. The ‘street’ is the urban public interface through which human connections foster. The act of juxtaposition brings together contrasting elements which would otherwise not exist in close proximity with each other.

Floor plan one 4

Floor plan two

Floor plan three


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Interior view showing different scales of work

View from floating art gallery 6

Physical model of art gallery


floating office floating gallery steel truss

semi-shaded skylight

collaborative+quiet workspaces

services+kitchen circulation core

interactive+impromptu workspaces

Viewing architecture as bounded space reminds us that the experience of the built environment is primarily the experience of spatial boundaries and connections. Architecture fosters human relationships. It is a social act as it provides a platform for human interactions to occur. By changing the nature of the space, therefore, we can change the nature of the interactions. The great British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.� Knowingly or unknowingly, architecture has a direct role in the behavior of its users. It not only affects the relationship of the user to the building but also that between two or more users. In essence, architecture is about crafting relationships. It is about encounter, crossing of paths and unexpected connections. 7


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A-way of Life STUDENT HOUSING Location: Reno, NV and Sacramento, CA Project type: Professional Firm: BSB Design Team: Jeremy White, Yazan Hamdan, Sheemantini Paik

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These two student housing projects attempt to establish a close knit community among students and offer them ample amenities to supplement a home away from home. They are both apartment buildings over one level of parking and commercial space separated by a podium with swimming pool, roof terraces with barbeque space, common study rooms, games etc. The University of Reno Student housing derives its aesthetics from the Grand Canyon nearby and is appropriately named ‘Canyon Flats’. Asymmetry forms the underlying principle guiding elevations and smaller details like metal grills, canopies. The student housing at Sacramento caters to students from four nearby universities and displays a playful interaction of massing with a few accent pieces in its ellevation.

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NORTH EAST (ELVAS AVE)

SOUTH WEST (FOLSOM BLVD)

NORTH WEST (65TH ST)

SOUTH EAST (66TH ALLEY)

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The Bluegrass Experience COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTER Location: Floyd, VA Project type: Academic Studio: Fall 2016 Instructor: Prof. Scott Gartner

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This project attempts to give an extension to the bluegrass music culture living on the main street of Floyd by augmenting the street-scape into the backyard of the building and connecting two perpendicular street layouts at the heart of Floyd. The museum opens up to the main street and acts as a night lamp bringing it to life after sunset and shuts itself off on the other facade to protect the exhibits inside and house a quieter gallery space. This interior space has light allowed to enter strategically through the roof and skin of its form. The building is experienced in an uni-directional circulation which dissipates into the backyard plaza after leaving the building. Enough room is left in the project for ‘affordance.’

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Section through mezzanine galleries showing skylights

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Basement plan

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50ft

Floor one plan


Floor two+mezzanine plan

Section through galleries, central atrium and backyard stage

Floor three+mezzanine plan

Section through backyard plaza, central atrium and galleries

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Exploratory Learning SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE Location: Jadavpur University, Kolkata Project type: Academic Studio: Fall 2015 Instructor: Prof. Subhrajit Das

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Extruded site area with forecourt

Art courtyard to facilitate interaction

Informal recess area along campus edge

Connection to existing department 22


The complexity addressed in the design process was in contextually plugging it in the existing campus fabric. The idea was to provide the lacking forecourt for the Triguna Sen Auditorium located across the plot, establish connections to surrounding built and open forms and encourage community interactions promulgating the subject of architecture. The building perforates in the ground level opening up to adjacent opportunities of communication integrating the inner art court with the rest of the campus. In a larger context, this project addresses the general lack of awareness of the people about the subject of architecture and attempts to generate interest, inquisitiveness, probable answers and resolution. GREEN ZONE

UNIVERSITY GATE NO.3

H.L.ROY BUILDING

TRIGUNA SEN AUDITORIUM

5 1 RAJA S.C.MULLICK ROAD

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BLUE EARTH WORKSHOP

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10m

FIRST FLOOR PLAN

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1 MODEL MAKINGROOM 2 COMPUTER LAB 3 WORKSHOP 4 STUDENT’S CENTRE 5 INFORMATION CENTRE 6 MRL LIFT 7a TOILET (M) 7b TOILET (F) 8 ART COURT 9 XEROX SHOP 10 PRINTING SHOP 11 OPEN-TO-SKY AREA 12 CANTEEN 13 KITCHEN 14 STORE 15 FORECOURT 16 STUDIO 17 SEMINAR ROOM 18 DIGITAL LAB 19 MODEL MAKING ROOM 20 CLASSROOM 21 PRINCIPAL’S ROOM 22 OFFICE 23 ASSOCIATE PROF.’S ROOM 24 PROFESSOR’S ROOM 25 ASST PROF.’S ROOM 26 STAFF TOILETS 27 STAFF LOUNGE 28 STORE 29 LIBRARY

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SECOND FLOOR PLAN

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THIRD FLOOR PLAN 23


Section through art court showing activities and passive cooling strategies

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Reinterpreting a Landscape URBAN PARK RE-DESIGN Location: Rabindra Sarovar, Kolkata Project type: Academic Studio: Spring 2015 Instructor: Prof. Suchandra Bardhan

The landscape design of Rabindra Sarobar is revitalised in a contemporary urban park context. Care has been taken in conserving and enhancing the natural processes of the site. The water edge is given careful consideration and the ecology is conserved taking care of the natural terrain. Bicycle paths are introduced and walkways are seggregated and taken closer to the water edge intercepted by informal seating benches. The jogger’s path dedicated to morning walkers or visitors cater to the physical health and well being of urban people. Across the vehicular road the cultural and educational components of the design are located. The semiclosed exhibit area showcases relevant enviromnental awareness issues . The souvenir shop generates revenue and adds value to the park.

Material Legend STONE PAVERS WITH GRASS JOINTS RUBBER EPOXY PAINT

WOODEN WALKWAY

POLISHED CONCRETE TOP BENCH HERBACEOUS BORDER

STEPPING STONES

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Embankment treated Jogger’s path with water-loving dense perennial shrubs and groundcovers planted on a An informal seating zone slope of 1:3. facing the lake. Prevents erosion Offers visitors a place to sit Acts as a natural barrier and enjoy the surrounding and prevents accidents nature Maintains ecological Stepped down from balance at land water circulation path to prevent interface disturbances

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7m

1m

2m

5m

Vehicular Road Bicycle Track An informal lawn area. Offers painters a place to sit and draw Acts as small picnic spots

Herbaceous border Acts as a buffer zone and separates circulation flow


6m

12m

6m

SECTION AA

Earth Mound

Exhibit Area. Raises awareness about ecological aspects of the park, eg. migratory birds, environmental effect etc. Gives information about the history and development of the area Enriches knowledge of visitors

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Unbuilding a Building A MEMORIAL FOR JOHN CAGE Location: Virginia Tech drillfield, Blacksburg, VA Project type: Academic Studio: Spring 2017 Week One Instructor: Prof. Heinrich Schnoedt

John Cage, Fontana Mix, 1958

“The function of art is not to communicate one’s personal ideas or feelings, but rather to imitate nature in her manner of operations.” -John Cage Paying homage to John Cage’s philosophy the memorial intended to exhibit his paintings and books nestles itself into the ground integrating with the surrounding landscape. The skylight embedded grass covered mounds protrude out of the ground inviting curious visitors and at the same time creating a fabric of an informal seating space. The plan, derived from his work ‘Fontana mix’ is an open plan with a demarcated semi-closed book exhibit enclosure lit up with the circular skylights from the top.

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Tensile Pavilion MODEL EXPLORATION Project type: Academic Studio: Fall 2012 Instructor: Prof. Suchandra Bardhan Team: Sheemantini Paik, Suhita Saha, Arunima Roy, Upama Ghosh

This project is an analysis of geometrical forms and experimentation with structure. It aims to disintegrate a pavillion roof system into its component lines of forces. A series of hyperbolic paraboloids comes together at a point forming a symmetrical flower plan with an extended petal demarcating the access/exit. The model making using wooden beads as reinforcement and intertwined strings rouse the forces active in holding the structure together.

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Eclectic Enclosure INTERIOR DESIGN Location: Kolkata, India Project type: Academic Studio: Spring 2015 Instructor: Prof. Ranit Maiti

To design the interiors of a mid-age couple living in a metro city in India the style chosen was Eclectic : Ethnic, yet contemporary; Subtle, yet vibrant.

1 : KING SIZE BED WITH CUSTOM MANDALA HEADBOARD AND STORAGE 2 : BEDSIDE TABLE 3 : TV CONSOLE UNIT 4 : WARDROBE 5 : CONSOLE CUM DRESSING TABLE 6 : BOOKSHELF

1100

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2525

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1100

525

A white mandala headboard set against a textured feature wall forms the focal point of the composition. Jute, cotton, and distressed wooden surfaces are used extensively to add character to the interiors. Moroccan lamps, tribal masks, Indian paintings, mild greenery and colorful vases add layers to the space. Textured feature wall acts as main focus and adds character to the room. Shelves added for extra storage and decoration. Utilitarian unit for books and everyday objects like bags, umbrella, hats etc. Shelves added for extra storage and decoration.

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DETAIL SHOWING FLOORING AND SKIRTING

CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE BRACKET LIGHT FIXTURE COVE LIGHT 6A SWITCH SOCKET OUTLET SWITCH & SOCKET OUTLET FOR SPLIT A/C TV OUTLET TELEPHONE OUTLET CONTROL SWITCH CEILING FAN

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FOLDED ELEVATION

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In Symmetry ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA Shot on Nikon D3200

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Mumbai International Airport, India Shot on iPhone 6s


Oculus, New York, NY Shot on Nikon D3200

High Museum Expansion, Atlanta, GA Shot on iPhone 6s

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Tangible Release ARTWORK

‘Guide’ Acrylic on canvas

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‘Ruin’ Pen and graphite on paper

‘The boat-wreck’, inspired by Tagore Acrylic on mountboard

Untitled Watercolor on hand-made paper

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SHEEMANTINI PAIK Blacksburg, VA 24060 +1(540)4498758 roosha@vt.edu

Sheemantini Paik | PORTFOLIO  

Virginia Tech School of Architecture+Design : M.Arch 2 | A portfolio of selected works from 2011-2018

Sheemantini Paik | PORTFOLIO  

Virginia Tech School of Architecture+Design : M.Arch 2 | A portfolio of selected works from 2011-2018

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