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Architecture portfolio Simona Vicol


Portfolio contents

Student housing M. Arch thesis Office building Technology and Architecture Design Studio project House M DIRC Studio Historical street front restoration DIRC Studio New addition to historical building - OAR offices Romanian Architects’ Order offices, competition entry, DIRC Studio Housing development Urban plan, housing units, Simetriq Studio Architecture for kids Elementary school architecture class and workshop ‘De-a arhitectura’ An urban memory restored - Timișoara’s citadel for kids Master’s thesis in Urbanism Workshops Wood construction Tensegrity Bridge, shelter, community center - projects for Baia Sprie Photography and site visits

2005

2007

B. Arch + and Bachelor M. Arch Master of Architecture

2009 Erasmus

2010

2011

2012

D-ConteXt

2013

2014

2015

2016

M. Arch_urbanism Master of Urbanism DIRC Studio Simetriq Studio De-a arhitectura NGO


Simona Vicol

Professional experience

Education

Workshops and volunteer work

simona.m.vicol@gmail.com

Architectural designer Simetriq Studio 08/2014-08/2015 Alber Holding, Timișoara, Romania •  Responsible with affordable residential projects for housing development clients: programming, SD, DD, construction details, presentations •  Developed urban plan for housing development on an area of 50 ac. •  Communicated directly with clients in all phases of design

Master of Urbanism and Territorial Management 2012-2014 Degree awarded February 2016 Politehnica University Timișoara, Romania Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism

Teacher for elementary school architecture class NGO: De-a arhitectura Timișoara, Romania, 2013-2015

https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonavicol

Languages Romanian French Italian Software skills ArchiCAD Revit SketchUp AutoCAD Artlantis Rhino + VRay Adobe Suite (Ps, Ai, Id) Microsoft Office

native fluent fluent

http://www.alberholding.ro/

Architectural designer DIRC Studio 08/2013-08/2014 Timișoara, Romania •  Collaborated on three single family residential projects for private clients: schematic design, design Professional status development, construction IDP: ongoing documents, structural engineering ARE: approval granted for ARE in coordination of drawings, technical New York jurisdiction detailing, presentations, renderings Green Card holder •  Responsible for concept and plan / volume variations for collective housing schematic design phase, Bachelor and Master of Architecture comparative Erasmus study of solutions •  Worked on historical restoration projects of 1920s public buildings - interiors and facades, and of 19th century buildings - exterior envelope Architectural Intern D-ConteXt Studio 06/2011-06/2012 summer internships 2009, 2010 Timișoara, Romania •  Prepared CDs and details for: low rise student housing, addition to historical house, church ensemble

http://www.arh.upt.ro/

Bachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture 2005-2011 Degree awarded February 2012 Integrated bachelor’s and master’s degree in a six year study program Politehnica University Timișoara, Romania Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism Erasmus Socrates mobility 01/2009-07/2009 Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Facolta di Ingegneria Edile-Architettura Napoli, Italy D-ConteXt

http://de-a-arhitectura.ro/

Workshop team coordinator Architecture, ecology and urban regeneration workshop NGO: Green ReCreation Baia Sprie, Romania, 2013

http://tabaradecreatie.blogspot.com/

Workshop organizer Workshops on tensegrity Timișoara, Romania, 2010, 2012 Participant Urban regeneration workshops NGO: Green ReCreation Baia Sprie, Romania, 2011, 2012 Summer course on smart materials, organized by BEST & Université Grenoble Alpes, France, 2010

Master of UrbanismArchitecture, restoration and wood Simetriq Studio workshop, construction international NGO: Artis Peritia Curtisoara, Romania, 2009

Workshop on wood construction Archaeus Foundation Dealu Cerului, Romania, 2007 Volunteer CASA competition NGO: Asociația de la 4 National school project competition for architecture students, 2010

http://asociatiadelapatru.wordpress.com/


Student housing M. Arch thesis project

Site location: Timișoara, Romania Advisors: Dragomir Dragan, Cornel Farcaș - structural solution 2012 The project is a solution for student housing focused on the quality of shared spaces, integrated in the Romanian cultural environment, which has historically acquired a bias against collective ownership. Three building volumes are devised to work together as a student housing complex. They are bound together by a slab of commercial spaces at the first floor, towards the city center, and a bridge at the top floors. The organizing principle of each building is a diagonal staircase that structures the functional areas and becomes an interior street, a diagonal spine that generates activities and unscripted interaction.


Timișoara is a university center in Romania, with a population of 300,000 and a student population of 38,000. The site is located on the campus of the biggest university in the city. It is integrated in a North-South pedestrian axis of the urban fabric which connects a series of public spaces and landmark buildings.

orientation

urbanity

mixed typology

first floor plan

site plan


The site is located just outside the perimeter of the historical city center, an XVIII century urban fabric with baroque and Viennese influenced architecture.

former industrial site to be developed railroad planned university buildings

In the site’s immediate vicinity there are tall residential blocks.

residential apartment blocks

Future planning of the campus includes several low to medium rise university buildings.

Arts Faculty Building

Unirii Square

Botanical garden

site + maximum footprints

Theresia Bastion part of 18th century citadel

building footprints adjusted to site

historical center

height of building volumes adjusted

circulation diagram


The diagonal axis connects a group of leisure spaces at the first and second floors - spaces for activity, movement, noise, to a series of spaces for learning and study at the top floors - spaces for quiet and focus. As it crosses each floor, the diagonal staircase generates the shared spaces for everyday use.

The asymmetrical structural solution allows for the shared spaces to switch position at every floor and for the supporting walls of the staircase to become an architectural presence. The open riser central stairs are made out of slim prefabricated concrete elements and allow a filtered perception from one part of the corridor to the other.


lounge space + laundry room module

adjusting polycarbonate dividing walls

cooking + dining area module

room modules: private / shared bathroom


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Technology and Architecture Design Studio project Simona Vicol, Ruxandra Moldovan 2011 of a semester long Design Studio, was further developed during a Technology Laboratory during the following academic year. The project entailed researching materials, technologies and manuof the project, and developing details at 1:10 scale.


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House M

DIRC Studio Location: DumbraviĹŁa, Romania Coordinator: Roxana Carjan 2014 The project for this single family home was developed by our office, from schematic design to construction documents, and was further supervised during construction.


The clients wished for a home strongly connected with their future garden and less so with the surroundings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a yet undeveloped suburb, with just an access road and crop fields across the street. Thus, the design is looking inward: an opaque front leads to a transparent facade that physically frames the garden views and opens generously towards it - the window panes are one of the few expensive details of the project.

Its exterior uses distinct materials to delineate volumes and frames: a white coating, wood, brick and concrete. Masonry walls confined with concrete beams and columns make up the structure - locally, the most affordable solution.

garden view

street view


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PE02 4. termosistem - polistiren expandat 8 cm cu adeziv si dibluri - masa de spaclu armata cu fibra de sticla - grund - tencuiala - tencuiala structurata 3. zidarie de porotherm 30cm 2. tencuiala 1. zugraveala de interior

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Historical street front restoration DIRC Studio

Location: Lugoj, Romania Coordinator: Dan Idiceanu 2013 - 2014 Six building envelope restoration projects were commissioned by the Lugoj municipal administration. The buildings were all part of the same urban block and faced three streets and one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important piazzas. The buildings belonged to a protected historical urban area.

Bank building, South-East elevation


An integrated approach to the continuous street fronts was desired. Each project entailed a survey of the facade elements, an analysis of damage and degradation, a historical study, developing a coordinated restoration strategy, proposals of elements to be modified, demolished, replaced or reconstructed, development of construction details, proposal for finishings, and technical specifications for the materials and techniques to be used.

built 1850s Police building, former Town Hall

Personal role in the team: •  research for the historical study •  modeled details in 3d •  contributed to construction documents: facade detailing, annotations, window and door schedules •  synchronized and proposed restorative interventions: elements to be demolished or reconstructed, facade alterations •  contributed to choosing exterior finishings and writing specifications •  made presentation images

built 1850s property of the administration

built 1860s extended 1904 modified1906

built 1970s

built 1902-1904 “Poporul Palota”


Existing historical front - survey and damage assessment


Planned historical front - after renovation


Bank building, East corner Survey and damage assessment


The South-East corner building was built between 1902-1904, following a design by Armin Willányi, royal architect of the Austro-Hungarian crown. It was initially commissioned for a financial credit institution and included a commercial first floor for rent. The building typology is known as a “palace for rent”. It later housed the official headquarters of a well known masonic lodge. The dominating Secession style is most visible in the decorations of the second floor, in the floral motifs, the iron work and the original joinery of doors and windows.


Bank building, East corner - planned status


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New addition to historical building - OAR offices DIRC Studio competition entry

Location: Bucharest, Romania Coordinator: Dan Idiceanu Structural solution: Cornel FarcaĹ&#x; 2014


The competition brief searched for an integrated restoration, architecture and structure solution for the offices of the Romanian Order of Architects in Bucharest – OAR. The existing historical building was built in the 1920s in a Neo-Romanian style, a style developed at the beginning of the century as part of a search for a national identity. It draws inspiration from vernacular Romanian architecture, byzantine and ottoman architecture and renaissance elements. The solution conceived by our office sought to strike a balance between visibility – a necessary signal to the street-scape – and discretion towards the historical building. Personal role in the team: •  participated in concept development •  studied functional organization •  organized visitor vs user flows •  created 3d model of the existing building •  prepared presentation drawings, rendering and diagrams

circulation diagram

new addition

public/private diagram


The site limit becomes an exhibition wall towards the courtyard and a long bench towards the neighboring school. The same colored concrete is used both indoors and outdoors, both in the new volume and in the structural reinforcing of the old brick walls. It attempts to keep reminding the user of the threshold between the new and the old and to instill an awareness of the architecture itself.


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Housing development Simetriq Studio, Alber Holding Location: Vladimirescu, Romania 2015 Via Carmina is a housing development company, part of Alber Holding. Since 2008, they have been managing the development of a 150 acre area that is now a functional suburb of Arad, an urban center of 160,000 inhabitants.

programming, schematic design phases for new zoning urban plan (to be submitted and approved in 2017) maps for internal company use: house arrangement variations, sales maps, building schedule maps, distribution of housing models road hierarchy, access routes for building site /dwellers subdivision into lots, functional organization of the neighborhood, location and perimeter of independently owned out parcels (retail, healthcare) layout & distribution of green spaces, location of community facilities areas to be modified in zoning urban plan (2008) coordination with cadastral survey (2014) coordination with cadastral survey (2006) compliance with approved zoning urban plan (2008)

compliance with approved zoning urban plan (2011) compliance with approved general urban plan of township and approved road development projects analysis of territorial factors, access routes, protected areas and waterways connections to nearby urban areas

Urban plan My close collaboration with the client involved work on the many aspects they faced regarding land management and planning. Communicating directly with the developer’s team and consulting within our architecture studio, I was responsible for developing an urban plan for the future growth of the neighborhood on a surface area of 50 acres. Personal role: •  programming and schematic design phase for urban plan •  develop strategies for growth, function and transit organization •  gather the many layers of information relevant to the client’s needs •  research and ensure adherence to legislative restrictions: zoning regulations, environmental regulations, building codes •  propose scenarios for housing subdivision to maximize use while still creating a functional built environment •  prepare drawings


Housing unit - House V For Via Carmina, I developed several projects for individual homes, working directly with the marketing and development department of the company.

kitchen + dining area living + open function spaces

The concepts were developed within very restrictive financial, technical and spatial parameters. However, each house design sought to achieve a good use of space and was constructed around a distinctive feature. House V, to be later marketed as Victoria house, was build around the idea of a double height living room with an extra open function space on the second floor. The initial schematic design was developed by a process of numerous iterations, with direct feedback and input from the client.

axonometric view - backyard

axonometric view - street

Personal responsibilities: • programming, schematic design •  prepare architectural drawings for design development and collaborate with structural engineers •  participate in the coordination of CDs within our architecture office •  develop final visual marketing material by preparing drawings (plans, diagrams, sections) and coordinate out-of-office collaborations •  perform quantity estimates for building materials •  collaborate with the client’s technical department to develop construction details tailored to the budget and technologies available

2nd floor plan /marketing

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1st floor plan /marketing


Architecture for kids

Elementary school architecture class and workshop NGO: De-a arhitectura

http://de-a-arhitectura.ro/

2013-2015

For two school years, I took part in a national program as a volunteer architect. In weekly sessions, I taught a class about architecture and the built environment to fourth grade children.

The class offered children an insight into architecture and urban planning. The children learned through presentations, direct observation and analysis of their built environment, and through a collaborative class project - a city designed by the children themselves and materialized in a model at the scale of LEGO.

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An urban memory restored - Timișoara’s citadel for kids Master’s thesis in Urbanism Advisor: Smaranda Bica 2016 The theoretical part of the thesis looks at the image that children living in Timișoara have of their city. I was interested in the children’s perception and use of urban space, in their level of autonomy, as well as in how their knowledge and memories helped shape their image of the city. The presence of landmarks and public spaces in the children’s mental representation of the city was looked at by asking a group of children to draw mental maps, to fill out a questionnaire, and take part in group discussions. Fifty five children participated. Theresia Bastion: the only one surviving in its entirety of the nine Vauban Bastions of the defense system of Timișoara, built 1738

photo: Archaeus

After a restoration of Theresia Bastion and of the city Foundations and ruins of the 18th century citadel are center, an urban tissue once enclosed in the citadel walls, the image of the citadel re-enters the public constantly being discovered in construction sites imaginary realm and begins to appear in the city a recurring reminder of the city’s buried history


Bastionul Sf . Eugen Bastionul Sf . Elisabeta Poarta Vienei

Bastionul Sf . Eugen Bastionul Sf . Elisabeta Poarta Vienei

Bastionul Sf . Carol Bastionul Aradului , Francisc de Lorena 1746 -47 Ravelinul Depozitului de Sf . Carol Bastionul Alimente, Bastionul Theresia 1746 -47 Bastionul Aradului , Francisc de Lorena Poarta1746 Transilvaniei -47

Labirintul, sau zidurile de fortificație

Ravelinul Depozitului de Bastionul Iosif Alimente, Bastionul Pulberaria , Theresia 1746 -47 Bastionul Hamilton 1746

Perimetrul inchis , sau perimetrul de aparare

Castelul , Poarta Transilvaniei Bastionul Castelului Poarta Petrovaradinului Bastionul Florimund Mercy

Forma liberă , sau ziduri in (re)constructie - pentru amplasamentele situate în imediata apropiere a unor monumente istorice , sau unde situl nu permite o zona de joaca ampla - exclusiv din parți mobile

Bastionul Eugen Bastionul Florimund Bastionul Castelului Bastionul Hamilton Bastionul Iosif Bastionul Theresia Bastionul Francisc Bastionul Carol Bastionul Elisabeta

Tunelul de trecere , sau bolta Turnul - turnul donjon al castelului

Bastionul Iosif Pulberaria , Bastionul Hamilton1746 Castelul , Bastionul Castelului

Poarta Petrovaradinului Bastionul Florimund Mercy

citadel 1808

Planul Cetatii Timisoarei

citadel 1740 + contemporary map (Opriș)

1808

Although proving immensely rich and insightful at times, the children’s point of view revealed almost a complete indifference towards one of the most interesting and unique aspects of the city - its past as a citadel. Planul Cetatii Timisoarei

1808

None of the drawings showed any representation of the citadel, of the recently restored bastion or of the city’s oldest building - a castle dating back to 1443. Even if somewhat aware of the history of the city itself, none of the children made a connection to these landmarks or the various ruins that still survive. It became a goal to search for a means of activating this memory in the children’s perception, a way of making it an integral part of their inner unconscious narrative, an element they can fit into their identity. A virtual scenario was proposed: a network of play installations that follow the real urban contour of the old citadel. All sharing a common character, in the hope of being per-

ceived as a whole. Located on the sites and named after the bastions of times past, fitting in forgotten urban pockets or residual urban spaces to which they try to offer a new life. Harta Cetatii de la

1740 suprapusa peste harta orasului contemporan

play installation sites near old bastions

(Opris )

Sesiunea :

Harta Cetatii de la

1740 suprapusa peste harta orasului contemporan

Bastionul Castelului

Bastionul Carol

(Opris )

Sesiunea :

Temporary and non invasive, the initial installations incorporate old and new ideas about children’s play: the theory of loose parts, unscripted play, the adventure playground. In time, they can disappear, be recycled or become part of the landscape as more permanent structures.

Bastionul Hamilton

BastionulCastelului Iosif Bastionul

The initial layout of the installations departs from basic shapes that trace Bastionul Elisabeta back to the defense citadel: the tower, the vault, the enclosure, the rampart, the ruin... Affordable every-day plastic crates areBastionul the building blocks for the play Bastionul Eugen Carol installations and allow it a flexible configuration, a shape to be modified and discovered by its users, in time.

Bastionul Castelului

Bastionul BastionulHamilton Carol Bastionul Theresia

Bastionul Hamilton

Bastionul BastionulIosif Elisabeta

Bastionul Eugen

Bastionul Eugen Bastionul BastionulTheresia Carol

Bastionul Florimund

Bastionul Bastionul Elisabeta Florimund

Bastionul Francisc

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Bastionul Castelului Iosif Bastionul

Bastionul Francisc Bastionul Bastionul Hamilton Theresia

Bastionul Francisc

Bastionul Elisabeta Florimund Bastionul


basic shape

initial configuration

configuration changes in time

earth shape integral to the landscape

Ana: Why do they call this playground Elisabeth anyway? Vlad: There was this fortress here, 200 years ago, a huge one... Ana: And what, they called the fortress Elisabeth? Vlad: Yes, they named it after an empress I think... Ana: Did it look like Elsa’s castle? Vlad: No, that’s Disney... It looked just like the brick thing over there, where the paint shop is.... Ana: Oh. Right.... So, what happened to it? Vlad: They tore it down... Some of it is still left underground...Right below us, actually. Can you imagine? Ana: Below us... (pensively looking at her shoes) Vlad: Let’s play now! Wanna build a fortress? Ana: How about Elsa’s castle? ..........

Vlad

Ana

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Workshops Wood Construction

Tensegrity

Dealu Cerului, Romania 2007

Timisoara, Romania 2010, 2012


Projects for Baia Sprie

http://tabaradecreatie.blogspot.com/

A series of multi-disciplinary summer workshops oriented towards the urban regeneration of Baia Sprie, a former mining mountain town, and its community. Started in 2009, the annual workshops have resulted in both projects and built interventions, varying in scale from urban development studies to urban furniture.

Bridge and shelter Baia Sprie, Romania 2011

Community center: CinemaScope Baia Sprie, Romania 2013

Architecture design team: Ruxandra Moldovan Raul Timiș Simona Vicol Coordinators: Architecture: Flaminiu Taloș Structural solution: Cornel Farcaş

Wooden shelter on mountain trail Baia Sprie, Romania 2012

pamant terasa cultivabila gol acces terasa gol central acoperit suprafata suport

structura longitudinala capriori

local textures

structura transversala scara de acces la gradina

stalp sustinere diagonal stalp sustinere

scanduri plan de calcare substructura masa

structura plan calcare

suport masa soclu piatra naturala

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Survey - current situation

Proposal

A cinema built in the 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, now abandoned, is converted into a community center and an interactive urban device. The public space of the street extends inside the old cinema by a mezzanine walkway ending in a dark room. There, a periscope-like device allows secret contemplation of the city and its surroundings. A playful way for visitors and inhabitants to find a personal connection to a town that is still searching for its identity. The project was developed by a team of fifteen students and young professionals, specializing in architecture and landscape design.

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Proposal

The project included a survey of the old cinema building, a research phase, concept design phase, preparation of presentation images and a public presentation at the town hall. Personal role: coordinate the team, manage project development, concept diagrams, public presentation.

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Photography and site visits

construction sites, unfinished structures, vernacular and rural, abandoned historical landmarks, restorations and interventions, construction materials production units, industrial sites, infrastructure


Thank you. Email: simona.m.vicol@gmail.com Phone: 609 - 558 - 0694

https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonavicol

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Architecture portfolio