SZABOLCS VERESS ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO
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WORK EXPERIENCE Syka’z Design Studio july 2015 - september 2015 october 2016 - june 2017 Bucharest, Romania www.sykadesign.ro
Zano Street Furniture Design august 2016 - september 2016 Krakow, Poland www.zano.pl
Division 8 Design july 2017 - september 2017 Nanjing, China www.njdv.cn
Pich Architects october 2017 - december 2017 Barcelona, Spain www.picharchitects.com
Junior Architect. -Designed apartment buildings in Bucharest in collaboration with other architects. -Produced technical detailing for housing projects. -Created 3d visualizations for presentations. -Developed architectural documentations. Internship Designer. -Designed urban furniture, including benches, street lamps and rubbish bins. -Learned about the process of manufacturing street furniture in the workshops of the office, including wood-, concrete- and metalwork. - Created algorithmic design for transforming grayscale image into vector based file for laser cutting. Internship Architect. -Built a detailed BIM model for Fette Compacting office building in order to speed up and to optimize ongoing construction works. -Made 3d animations and renderings for presenting solutions to partners and specialists. - Attended meetings with clients, engineers and coordinators to work out further solutions. -Created schedules for estimating costs of investment. Internship Architect. - Developed concrete facade panels using office partner Cemex’s expertise in order to obtain high energy efficiency. - Have worked on “Naturalization of Aigües Barcelona Headquarters”, competition for ideas to redesign office building surroundings. - Made presentation about concrete panels on behalf of Pich Architects at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya to students participating to Climate Concrete 2.0 Workshop.
“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning october 2012 - july 2018 Bucharest, Romania
Masters in Architecture. -Primary subjects covered: Architectural Design, Urban Design, Technical Detailing, Contemporary Architecture Theory
Università degli studi di Padova - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Edile e Architettura october 2015 - march 2016 Padova, Italy
Erasmus Scholarship. -Primary subjects covered: Restoration, Architectural Design, Revit
Climate Concrete 2.0 october 2017 - january 2018 Barcelona, Spain/Biel, Switzerland
Workshop. -Participated to workshop at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, where we have developed products using porous concrete technology. The final prototypes were created at Cemex Research & Development Center in Biel, Switzerland, in January 2018.
ISOVER Multicomfort Student Competition 2017 Madrid, Spain
LANGUAGES Hungarian Romanian English Italian Spanish Mandarin
-Participation to International Phase in Madrid, Spain -1st Place Romanian National Phase
SOFTWARE Archicad Adobe Photoshop Lumion Grasshopper Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign
AutoCad Revit Microsoft Visual Studio Rhinoceros 3Ds MAX Keyshot
Salt Land Museum | Praid,Romania Final University Project 6th year
ISOVER Multicomfort Student Contest | Madrid, Spain
1st place - Romanian National Stage 2017
Cultural Center | Bucharest, Romania University Project 5th year
Bang&Olufsen Showroom | Bucharest,Romania University Project 5th year
Exhibition Center | Padova, Italy University Project 4th year, Erasmus
Art Alley | Bucharest,Romania University Project 3rd year
Collective Housing | Bucharest,Romania University Project 3rd year
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Salt Land Museum Praid, Romania Final University Project 6th Year
Praid is most well-known for its Salt Mine. The extraction of this material has a tradition which is several centuries old. It has been the economic engine of the area from the beginning. The village is part of a larger cultural region called the Land of Salt. The name is a reference to the large amounts of the mineral found underneath the surface of the ground. During the 60â€™s an underground healthcare was established which gradually gained popularity. In recent decades healthcare tourism has skyrocketed, overwhelming the village and its population. In 2009 there were approximately 100 tourists for every local. The salt processing industrial site, which is located in the heart of the touristic area is scheduled to be moved underground, in the mine, for economic reasons. In this context, this is a great opportunity for the village to reinvigorate itself. The industrial area contains a number of old buildings which are a living testimony of local history. The salt mill, the center of the complex, is the highest building in a radius of multiple kilometers, being an important landmark in the village. The aim of the project is to create a park which incorporates functions related to local culture and history. Also, another important factor, which was considered is economic and environmental sustainability, using local materials from local producers and local technologies.
ISOVER Multicomfort Student Contest, Madrid, Spain 1st place Romanian National Stage, 2017 In collaboration with Finaga Mihai
The object of 2017â€™s Student Contest was to rehabilitate two old apartment buildings and its surroundings as part of Madridâ€™s MADRE plan. The aim of the program is to attract young people to the superannuated neighbourhoods while in the same managing to change the urban environment based on the latest sustainability principles. The competition entries had to take into consideration also ISOVERâ€™s Multicomfort standards and the scenario of their intervention in order to make the transformation as least unpleasant as possible for the inhabitants. Our project was based on a series of upgrades, which solves the majority of problems like lack of intimacy for the ground floor inhabitants, lack of accessibility for the elderly and overheating during the summers. Also, the concept incorporated strategies for establishing and reconnecting communities while in the same time focusing on obtaining multiple types of sustainability: energetic, economic, social etc.
Upgrade 1 - Extra Level
Upgrade 2 - Better Accesibility
Upgrade 3 - Sun Protection
Construction Works Scenario
Ground Floor Plan
1st - 3rd Floor Plan
4th Floor Plan
Cultural Center Tineretului Park, Bucharest Bucharest, Romania 5th year project
The aim of the project was to revitalize the area around Tineretului park, by creating an architectural landmark.This would attract future investments for the development of the neighbourhood, while also managing to change the cultural scene of the Capital by moving out the major institutions from the city center. The sloping, irregular terrain helped define the final shape of the building, which instead of being overly respectful with the plot chooses to ondulate together with the land below it. The Cultural Center includes a theater with a capacity of 700, two multifunctional rooms for 120 people, three rooms for different leisure activities, a coffee shop and a library.
Ground Floor Plan
1st Floor Plan
Bang&Olufsen Showroom Fictional Audio-Video Expo 5th year Project The scenario for this exercise was to create a showroom pavilion for Bang&Olufsen. The pavilions would be built in an enclosed space, thus waterproofing and other protection against the elements would not be needed. The goal was to create a special structure which would house the audio-video products of the famous danish company. The interior space had to highlight the design of the exhibits, but at the same time, it had to represent the style of B&O. The structure used was inspired by one of the speakers, the Beolab 18, which has a particularly interesting loudspeaker design made of wood in order to spread the sound evenly in space.
Selvazzano, Padova county, Italy Collaboration with: Giacomo Guseo,Francesca Meneghetti, Elena Toson 4th year Project, Erasmus Selvazzano is a small town near Padova. Next to a residential area, during the beginning of the 20th century, there was built a religious school building, an excellent example of modernist architecture. Unfortunately, the building was abandoned and has been empty for decades. The exhibition center designed just a couple of hundreds of meters from the Seminario has the purpose to revive the area by attracting people, who would rediscover the modernist building by visiting. The center consists of exhibition spaces, a roof garden and also a spatious conference hall.
Matasari street, Bucharest, Romania 3rd year project The Art Alley is situated on Matasari street, which can be found in a neighbourhood that is caught in between traditional and urban, stuck in a state of architectural stagnation. Initially, the area consisted of agricultural properties of considerable sizes, which were sold bit by bit as time passed. This phenomenon gave birth also to a very specific space of the neighbourhood: the alleys. They are usually too narrow to give cars access, so the only way is by foot. These small streets have a very peculiar atmosphere, giving the pedestrian a calmness which can be rarely felt in a busy city. This was the starting point of the project, creating a space that is similar to the context it will live in.
Alleys in the neighbourhood
The different scales of Bucharest
Ground floor plan
The neighbourhood also lacks public spaces, thus it came naturally to propose a function which would benefit from friendly public areas. The four keywords of the project were: habitation, creation, exhibition, interaction, which would give birth to the fifth “element”: culture. Art Alley consists of an open space in the front, composed of four shops: a bookshop, a musical instrument shop, drawing tool shop and a cafe. In the center we can find a multipurpose exhibition space, which serves the locals but give the chance also for the artists who live in the “backyard”, in a more private space where they can create in silence. However, curious art lovers still have the chance to sneak back and meet up with people living behind the exhibition building.
Collective Housing Petru Rares street, Bucharest, Romania Collaboration with: Mihai Finaga 3rd year project
Bucharest is a capital full of different type of housing units, mostly of bad examples. The majority of the inhabitants have been living for decades in housing units built by the communists, in apartments which are considerably undersized.This is why many people can not even imagine a decent way of living because they are accustomed to spending their day-to-day lives in suffocated spaces. We noticed that most of the people who live in these communist blocks are also alienated from their neighbours and lack social interaction. Our projectâ€™s first question was: how can we build a better apartment building? Through shared spaces and interconnectedness was our answer.
The Ziggurat Bench Zano Street Furniture Design This bench family was designed to complete Zano Street Furniture Designâ€™s collection with a group of modular elements which can be used in many different locations and configurations. Having 7 long elements 3 short elements and also corner elements, the combinations are basically infinite, the only constraints are the public spaceâ€™s size and needs. Creating a pattern is easy, so even clients can come up with proposals. Thus, the projectâ€™s keywords were flexibility and ease-of-use.
Porous Concrete Panel Pich Architects This panel was designed for a wellness center in Monterrey, Mexico. Being in a hot and dry, subtropical climate, there was a need for a considerable amount of shading for the centerâ€™s glass surfaces. The panels were designed with the use of Cemexâ€™s new porous concrete technology. It can absorb rainwater in order to cool down the air between the outer skin and the glass surfaces by evaporating the fluid. The design parameters, including shape and size were closely supervised by engineers to obtain energy efficiency. The dune-like shapes were chosen to minimize the amount of surfaces exposed to sunlight, so some of the parts would be in shade thank to panelâ€™s unique shape. For this task I also developed a computer algorithm which could generate and evolve different outlines to reach the objectives set by the experts.
Logos Student sport-competition/Logo competiton for Bucharest During university years I have also tried myself in graphic design. The logos you can see here were designed for a student-team enrolled in a sport competition, while the other was made for a logo competition organized by the Mayor of Bucharest. In both cases, the logos were developed keeping in mind the brand and values of the group which will be using them.
ArhiToolBox Computer Program
During university years the subjects related to structural engineering mainly consisted of methods of understanding and approximating the behaviour of structures used in contemporary constructions. We used to solve different types of problems regarding the dimensions of structural elements, in order to used them in our architectural design. Many of the formulas are actually used by professionals in the field, so they are particularly useful in practice. Having studied computer science in high school, I created a Windows Form Application in Microsoft Visual Studio, which manages to solve a considerable amount of these problems in as many different configurations as possible. I also updated the calculation methods with additional useful pieces of information from the Romanian structural normatives. Presenting it to my professors and colleagues, the software was very well-received and was found useful by many, including practising architects.
2016 - Architecture Portfolio