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Simba Mtakwa Architecture Portfolio


Contents

Painting

A Milieu

Christchurch Home

Design Proce


ess

Berlin Studio

Suspense of Disbelief

Queen Street Valley- Vulcan Lane Perspective

Peddle Thorp


Painting: The Abandonment

The idea behind this Level 3 High School painting board was based on the exploration of works of art from leading New Zealand artists such as Shane Cotton, Bill Hamond and Ralph Hotere. My exploration was based on the notion of abandoned bans in the Waikato area (New Zealand Region). These findings led to painting using oil on canvas medium to portray the contradiction between the lush green NZ landscape against such ragged structures. These paintings were therefore an attempt to match these buildings in a context that they would belong to.


A Milieu: The Halfway House This project was a chance to get familiar with an unknown territory. After exploring the Auckland city fringe, we had to illustrate through different media the characteristics of a particular site with in the Auckland CBD fringes. The site is located on Symonds St, where a collection of waste from the site led to the exploration of the ‘milieu’. The final analysis led to creating a halfway housing quarter for the homeless.


Post Earthqauke: The Christchurch Home


After the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, this project was an opportunity to design a home for one of the families that had lost most if not everything they owned during the quake. The objective was to use simple and cost effective construction methods to reconstruct their family home. Our solution was to modulate Structurally Insulated Panels (S.I.P’s) in a manner that could maximise not only efficiency but also reduce the cost that it would take to built this home.


Design Process: The Stool

As a means to get familiar with design process, this project involved designing and making a stool from conceptual drawings right through to making. My approach to this design was based on the exploration of musical notes. As someone who is passionate about music but without any background in musical writing, this particular project enabled me to explore musical notes in their literal language. I then interpreted these symbols through joining 18mm plywood to create the piece of furniture.


Berlin Studio: Green Housing Scheme


Enfolding a living garden on a delicate historic site was the major issue to this proposal. Berlin, known for its tenament housing, grafitti walls and its rich history was a chance to investigate how an alternative ‘green’ living could optimise the its character. The housing is a self-sufficient scheme that utilises its natural setting as a flatform for efficient energy consumption. Introducing gardens was a not only a means for residents to obtain a small vegetable patch but also to blur a security boundary through from the circulation route. The housing is also equiped with fully functional wind turbines to accomodate for additional energy consumption. All the walls are also articulated to respond empathetically to the climatic conditions that Berlin can be thrown at by nature.


Theatre Project: A Suspence of Disbelief

This project was an an opportunity to create a theatical space through the use of evocative drawing, physical model making, form finding and peotically organise a programme within such a space. The main idea came from a Shakespearean play - (Hamlet). The characters’ confliction led to an analysis of how this theater would operate. My intention was to create a multi-faceted space that represented the characters’ relationship with each other. The site itself is wedged between a busy intersection between Victoria and Drake St. The theater itself is a machine that transforms from one orientation to another depending on the performances to which created a suspence for disbelief.

Orientation 1

Orientation 3

Orientation 2

Orientation 4


Ground Floor Plan


First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan


VULCAN LANE

Peddle Thorp Placement: City Densification


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01 CURRENT BUILDING MASS

02 CONSIDERED BUILDING MASS IN RELATION TO CONTEXT

03 CONSIDERED BUILDING MASS TO MAXIMISE SITE FAR

04 BUILDING HEIGHT ALONG VULCAN LANE AND QUEEN

05 BUILDING SETBACK TO PRESERVE THE CORRIDOR

06 CONSIDERED BUILDING USES

SHOWING CONTROLS OF SETBACKT

AND COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION

AND PROVIDE A RHYTHM ALONG THE STREET EDGE

RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL


In association with the Auckland Council, Peddle Thorp Architects and Unitec, this project focused on the densification of inner city Auckland (the CBD). Through an analysis of different city models, we had to design a scheme that defines Auckland’s vision of the city for the next 30 years. My focus was on the Queen Street Valley Precinct, a site that is filled with heritage buildings. The approach to such a site was then to sympathetically densify with a conscience of the existing bulding typology.

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