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Architecture Portfolio from graduate studies at University of Cincinnati

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  • NICCOLO BOLDRIN

    UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

  • 2EDUCATION

    2010-2014: University of Cincinnati, DAAP, Cincinnati, OH. School of Architecture and Interior Design. Master of Architecture, Class of 2014.

    2003-2007: University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. School of Theater Film and Television.

    Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees, June 2007.

    EXPERIENCE

    January 2013 - April 2014: Graduate Assistant, University of Cincinnati Currently a TA in computer skills class under Professor Ming Tang

    July 2012-December 2012: Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, Miami, FL. Worked in both the Architecture department as well as the Interior Design department.

    Followed international and local projects through different phases, from SD, DD and CD.

    September 2011-December 2011: Gensler, Los Angeles, CA. Worked on several international and local projects with different teams throughout the firm.

    Focused on schematic design and design development.

    March 2011-June 2011: Jorge Hernandez de la Garza, Mexico D.F, Mexico. Worked on schematic design for several commercial and residential projects.

    Assisted in the design development and construction document phases.

    August 2010 December 2010: AIA Practice Academy.Workshop series, in depth visits to several architecture firms. Studied critical aspects of a practices organization, management and workflow.

    SKILLS

    Trilingual (English, Spanish, and Italian.) Revit, Maya, Rhino, Grasshopper, Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design. Drawing. Photography.

    MERITS

    2008 Emmy Nomination. Co-founder of two production companies (Interstate 5; C.T.W.) 2006 & 2007 Chuck Schneble Memorial Award.

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    CONTENTS

    University of Cincinnati

    Professional Work

    Fine Arts

    Spines and Parasites 6 - 11

    12 - 17Housing Topology

    JHG, Mexico D.F.

    Photography

    Tectonic Studies 18 - 23

    28 - 29

    26 - 27

    34 - 37

    30 - 31

    38 - 41

    Gensler, Los Angeles

    Kobi Karp, Miami

    Drawing

  • UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

  • 10 + 2 Week Studio Professors: Robert Burnham, Michael Zaretsky.Project: 10,000 SqF Wellness center and Spa. Location: Cranbrook campus, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

    In the attempt to incorporate the wellness center within the preexisting language of Cranbrook initiated by Saarinen, I pinpointed two disinct elements. Firstly, an pervasive use of a SPINE in most of the existing structures. Secondly, the creation of adjacencies and space by AFFIXING smaller volumes to the existing spine.

    SPINES AND PARASITES

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  • 8Starting with campus design in general and Saarinens work at Cranbrook in particular, I focused on the duality of intimacy and openness produced by courtyards and quadrangles. Throughout the campus, Saarinen created a myriad of private places and public venues by altering the size and scale of his courtyards, as well as producing a continuous interaction between inside and outside. Saarinen also utilized scalar shifts in massing and openings in order to achieve the desired effects of intimacy and community.

    Spine

    Elevated

    Internal

    Parasitic

    Spine + Attachments

    CENTRAL SPINE

    After analyzing three possible sites, I focused on an area at the edge between a parking lot and a grove of trees.

    Site Strategies

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    Campus Courtyards

    Typical Courtyard

    North Eastern Perspective

    Spine as Circulation, Bay Model

    Closed Volumetric Model

    Spine as Circulation, Bay Model

    Open Volumetric Model

    Spine as Circulation, Bay Model

    Access and Pathways

    Second Floor Circulation

    First Floor Circulation

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    Parasitic volumes attach themselves to the main spine, creating the additional spaces. The central spine contains the main pool area (pictured above) the main lobby, as well as private pool and wellness area for the guests. The parasitic volumes, which are affixed to the spine from above, within and from the sides, contain the library, restaurant, guest rooms, studio, massage therapy and pools (the latter two pictured above).

    PARASITES AND WALLS

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    Section Through Entrance Lobby

    Wall Study

    Section Through Pool Area

    Section Through Bay Model

    Wall Study

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  • HOUSING TYPOLOGY 10 Week Studio.Professor: Stephen Slaughter.Project: Mixed-use/Housing.Location: Northside, Cincinnati, Ohio.

    The crossroads of Hamilton and Blue Rock, in Northside, presents itself as a catalyst for fortuitous eclecticism. Traffic and commuter ways, hipsters and elderly, passersby and residents collide on Hamilton without ever meshing. The intention with this Mixed-use development is a long-term, multi-phase influx of families that will create a permanent presence in Northside, therefore initiating an enduring heterogeneity of residents for the neighborhood.

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    Access

    Path

    Space

    Infrastructure

    Path

    Space

    Amenities

    Relief

    Full

    Parking

    Relief

    Full

    Before approaching our individual designs, we spent a significant portion of the quarter investigating the characteristics and details of housing. We examined a series of existing housing projects throughout the world and individuated patterns and consistencies as well as unique characteristics of each. We were then able to combine our research into a book which explored and analyzed the housing typology.

    Our findings from this initial research became the starting point for our individual designs.

    TYPOLOGICAL TAXONOMY

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    North West Perspective

    North East Perspective

    Activated Interior Courtyard First Floor

    Second Floor

    Third Floor

    Fourth Floor

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  • Circulation

    Relief Space

    Communal Space

    Private Space

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    My main focus was the dichotomy between the car traffic beyond the mixed-use complex, and the family activity within. I highlighted the playfulness and vitality of the young family, by activating the surface and form within the communal courtyard. Private balconies and communal spaces look over the courtyard and play area, creating a neighborhood within a neighborhoodThe external face of the complex is calmer, relating directly to the

    businesses located on the street and to the linearity of vehicular movement through the area. The first floor is dedicated to retail in order to activate the sidewalk and begin to convert the area into a more walker friendly zone.

    ACTIVATION OF DWELLING

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  • TECTONIC STUDIES10 Week Studio.Professor: Karl Wallick. Project: Field station for the University of Cincinnatis Geography, Chemistry and Biology departments. Location: Shaker farm outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

    The program required an Auditorium, a Scholars residence, a Greenhouse, Laboratories, Offices, and Classrooms. My main focuses throughout the 10 weeks were in tectonics, through the scholars residence, and through integration of mass within frame when addressing the labs, offices and classrooms.

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    Force Lines Spatial Connectivity Organizational Grids Site Lines Site

    SITE STRATEGIES

    Initial site analysis brought me to focus on four primary drivers for organization: Force Lines, Spatial Connectivity, Organizational Grids, and Site lines.

    Considering the expansive context of the field station. my initial consideration was to find an appropriate distribution to the different programmatic components.

    The scholars residence became a vehicle for initial tectonic exploration. My main interest was to gain a better understanding of the effects of layering and furthermore how layering might influence my corners and joints.

    The simple rectangular shape of the residence allowed me to explore the interaction of differing levels of opacity and massing.

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    Roof Detail

    Corner Condition Meeting the Sky

    Corner Condition Meeting the Ground

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    The tectonic parallel I focused on when designing the classrooms and laboratories was to place a mass within a frame. The transparencies created by the assembly of the exterior wall would allow for the internal mass to be read from the exterior, without giving itself away fully.

    MASS AND FRAME

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    Internal Volume

    CourtyardsBasic

    Dynamic

    FinalMonolithicLobby

  • PROFESSIONAL WORK

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    KOBI KARPMiami, FL 7/2012 - 12/2012

    While working at Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, I spent time working in both the architecture and the Interior Design departments. There I picked up important skills in Interior design work, as well as crucial skills regarding design development, codes and zoning as well as specifications and scheduling.I was involved with several hospitality projects in Miami as well as two separate retail projects abroad.

    All images courtesy of Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design

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    All images courtesy of Gensler

    GENSLERLos Angeles, CA.9/2011 - 12/2011 At the LA office of Gensler, I worked on several different teams in projects ranging from condominium housing, to the Broad Contemporary Museum to the Yongsan development in Korea. I worked in Presentation diagramming, physical modelling and 3-D modelling, mainly in the Schematic design phase of project