Architectural Engineering Portfolio 2016

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  • Salony SaxenaArchitectural Engineering Portfolio 2016

  • Table of Content

    Curriculum Vitae 01

    Master Thesis Research 02

    Exploring Design Ecologies: Constructing Theories of Sustainable Architecture(s)

    (1973 2010)

    Architectural Projects 03

    Tonnby House 03-1Green Diamond 03-2

    Vista 180 Cernusco Lombardone 03-3 Bon Crdit Floating Box 03-4

    Urban/Other Projects 04

    BDP Re-Urbanization 04-1 Triple Arch Shelter 04-2 Shelter for Disaster Relief 04-3

  • 01-1 Professional ExperienceJanuary 2016 - Present (July 2016)Abelardo Gonzalez Arkitektbyr AB, Malm (SE)Architectural internship

    01-2 Education2013 - 2015Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Brussels Faculty of Engineering (BRUFACE), Brussels (BE)Master of Science in Architectural Engineering (Magna cum laude)

    2010-2013Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels (BE)Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (Cum laude)

    01-3 International Experience

    2013-2014 Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi), Milan (Lecco) (IT)One-year Erasmus exchange in Architectural Engineering

    February 2014 Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, Milan (IT)One-week intensive Italian language course (level A1/2)

    August 2012Cours de Civilisation Franaise de la Sorbonne, Paris (FR)Four-week French language course (level C1)

    Curriculum Vitae 01

  • Contact DetailsName:Surname: Date and place of birth:

    Current address:

    Home address:

    Tel.: Mail:


    14/10/1992, Wilrijk, Belgium

    Grynbodgatan 14 (c/o Sylvia Tyrn)211 33 Malm


    Flamingolaan 82610 Wilrijk



    01-4 LanguagesDutch Native language

    English Fluent - Level C2 Hindi Basic - Level A2French Fluent - Level C1 Italian Basic - Level A1

    01-5 Computer SkillsBasic Graphic Design/PhotographyMicrosoft Office Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign Architecture Adobe Lightroom AutoCAD 2D AutoCAD 3D EngineeringRhino & V-Ray EASY 3ds Max Abaqus Physical Model Making EnergyPlus

    01-6 Personal Skills

    Motivated, resourceful, and eager to learn - People-oriented and dependable - Patient and professional under stressful circumstances - Punctual and organized

    Personal skills developed throughout my education, several international experiences, and various student jobs, such as waitressing, retail, tutoring, and volunteering, amongst other things

    01-7 Personal InterestsContemporary art, fashion, and literature - See for a digital scrapbookExercise and health - Nutrition - Fitness and Bikram yoga Traveling, hiking, and exploring nature

  • InformationVrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), 2014-2015Master Thesis Architectural EngineeringSupervised by Ahmed Khan (BE) & Rika Devos (BE)

    Master Thesis Research 02

    The master thesis, titled Ex-ploring Design Ecologies: Con-structing Theories of Sustainable Architecture(s) (1973 2010), re-gards the theory of environmentally concerned architecture. Having stated the topic, the main issue related to the topic of environmen-tal architecture is already revealed, namely what does this term actu-ally mean? Environmental or also dubbed green or sustainable architecture is a term widely used nowadays, but the implementation of this term in both architectural theory and practice is very di-verse and incoherent. As the field of environmental architecture is

    characterized by fragmentation and this diversity and fragmentation of sustainable design theories has led to a pluralist discourse, it is not clear where certain topics, paradigms, and theories within this discourse originate. Characterized by a pluralist discourse often confusing in its diverse nature and lacking theoretical underpinning, the research of this master thesis has attempted to reveal ecological thinking and/or green consciousness throughout the recent historical period between 1973 and 2010. In order to reveal the origins of certain topics inherent to the environmental architecture discourse, several historical references, such as the Vales The Autonomous House (1975), have been selected for literary review, as well as a comprehensive contemporary manifesto by Susannah Hagan - Taking Shape (2001), building up a framework of references throughout the considered period of time. The final goal of the research has aimed at theory building in the field of sustain-able architecture, through this framework, paired with recommendations for the future.

  • Architectural Projects 03

  • Project InformationAbelardo Gonzalez Arkitektbyr AB (SE), 2016

    Professional ProjectSupervised by Abelardo Gonzalez (SE)

    With:Panagiotis Kyriacou (CY)

    Tonnby House is a project by Abelardo Gonzalez Arkitektbyr AB, with the initial design developed around 2001 and recently revived and adapted. The project is located in a natural area close to Stockholm, Sweden, on a terrain with a level difference of about fourteen meters, ending down towards the water. The design of the house itself is adapted to this interesting site, using natural materials such as aged copper and granite, combined with the transparency of glazing. The position of the house imposes minimally on the site, being partially embedded in the granite and partially hovering out. The design also considers the strict construction and area regulations of the region as well as being suited to disabled requirements. The Tonnby House will serve as a vacation house for a family of four, with an additional guest room.

    Tonnby House 03-1

    SectionThe image below shows an artistic visual-ization of a longitudinal section through the house. The use of different spaces and the contrast between embedded and hovering is made clear.

    Site planThis site plan shows the Tonnby House in its surroundings, with the optimal orienta-tion towards the street and the water and the curvature of the landscape represented.

  • Tonnby House03-1

    ImagesThese images shows the house in its set-ting, emphasizing the contrast between the heavy roof and the transparency of the glazing. This contrast is further expressed by the embedded/hovering position of the house.

  • Project InformationPolitecnico di Milano (IT), 2014Sustainable Building TechnologiesSupervised by Gabriele Masera (IT)

    Group ProjectWith:Norbert Faddi (HU)Federica Fasano (IT) Mahmoud Hreitani (SY)Syed Kamil (PK)Navid Moshfeghi (IR)Rahul Sachdeva (IN)Aleksandar Tasev (BG)

    The Green Diamond pavilion is a project proposal for the Italian pavilion of EXPO 2015 in Milan, Italy. Its unique name refers to both its sustainable, green character, as well as its unique feature, namely a diamond-shaped patio for natural ventilation at the center of the building. As brief require-ments were quite strict regarding volume, height, and program, the Green Diamond pavilion developed from a basic shape towards a pavilion with a unique architectural form within and a strong language outwards. The project has been developed in a completely sustainable manner, with innovative construction details for every aspect of the pavilion and extensive energy calculations.

    RenderA render showing two faades of the Green Diamond pavilion, namely the Northern and Eastern faades. The double skin around the building, primarly from Corten steel, has been designed according to the pavilions orientation.

    Green Diamond 03-2

  • Green Diamond 03-2ConceptThe three images above demonstrate the development towards the final con-cept, including the diamond and the second skin of the pavilion, shown be-low.

    RenderThe render below shows a view from the roof on a sunny day, partly cover by solar shading in Corten steel and wood. The diamond in the middle of the building is not only an attractive feature, but also provides natural ventilation.

  • Green Diamond 03-2 RenderThis render shows the roof and the two oth-

    er faades of the Green Diamond, namely the Western and Southern faades, again adapted to their orientation, with photovol-taic panels covering the horizontal shading of the Southern faade.

    SectionThis architectural section shows the main composition of the pavilion - with exhibition rooms and offices, the layout of the circulation throughout such a large building, and how the diamond allows natural ventilation throughout the entire building.

  • Green Diamond 03-2

    SectionThis blow up section demonstrates how the faade is constructed in a sustainable and energy-efficient manner, with innova-tive materials and construction solutions. The blow up section also shows how the double skin of the building functions.

    RenderAnother render shows the northern faade again of the pavilion, however this time viewed from a further distance. The surroundings of the Green Diamond, located on the EXPO 2015 Milano site, include natural elements and a lake facing the northern faade.

  • Project InformationPolitecnico di Milano (IT), 2013Architectural DesignSupervised by Massimo Taddi (IT)

    Group ProjectWith:Adrien Crole (FR)Damien Pruno (FR)Londra Valencia (PE)

    Vista 180 is a multi-program project developed for the community of Cer-nusco Lombardone, Italy, on a site embedded in a traditional Italian context. For the project, a new master plan has been developed, with a focus on the perception of the existing surroundings and the newly created public spaces. The first main goal of the project is the development of several different, but interconnected, public spaces. These public spaces serve to re-connect the community with its heritage, its public life, and its nature. The second main goal of the project consists of establishing a new architectural volume. In this new building, glass and traditional stonemasonry are used to create an architectural contrast between new and old, traditional and modern, open and closed, etc.

    Vista 180 Cernusco Lombardone 03-3

    SketchIn the sketch below, the name of the proj-ect is further demonstrated. With several focus points, such as the school and the church, and several public spaces, the newly constructed library will have a 180 view through innovative material use.

    PlanThe plan below reveals the exisiting build-ings of the traditional Italian site together with the new, central building. There is a focus on interconnecting open spaces of different size and nature.

  • Vista 180 Cernusco

    Lombardone 03-3

    Floor PlanThis floor plan shows the layout of the new building on the first floor, with its open of-fices and transparent, playful library. The circulation of the building is centrally locat-ed and ensures the natural ventilation of the entire building.

    ConceptOne of the main goals of the project is to create a new building that captures the at-tention, housing a public library amongst others. The three images below show the evolution of two volumes towards one inter-esting final building - the Vista 180 building.

  • Project InformationVrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), 2011Design Studio - Habitat & HeritageSupervised by Ann Verdonck (BE)

    Individual Project

    Bon Crdit Floating Box is a heritage reconversion project of a 19th century steel barge, called Bon Crdit, in which modern, pre-assembled boxes are placed, forming an attraction point from the quay. The innovative, sustain-able technology of the boxes is inspired by the Cellophane House by Kieran Timberlake. The project design for the Bon Crdit consists of two of these pre-assembled boxes within the barge. Along the artist-in-residence concept, one box serves as living space, while the other one forms a flex-ible working space, transforming easily from different working spaces to exhibition spaces.

    RenderThis render is a conceptual demonstration of the barge by a river bank in Antwerp, Belgium. From the river bank, the floating boxes attract attention and their sustainable nature is visible, yet the privacy of the artists is guaranteed through the opaque material of the boxes.

    Bon Crdit Floating Box 03-4

    ConceptThe manner of construction of the Float-ing Boxes is derived from Kieran Tim-berlakes Cellophane House, with this image demonstrating the exact build-up. (source:

  • Bon Crdit Floating Box


    Interior RendersThese interior renders display how the box

    intended for work and exhibition exactly adapts itself to the artists needs. Several work space options are available, as well

    as a shift to an open exposition space.

  • Urban/Other Projects 04

  • Project InformationVrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), 2014Design Project CompetitionSupervised by Philippe Bouillard (BE)

    Group ProjectWith:Rmi Couradet (BE)Jana De Borger (BE)Siemen Goetschalckx (BE)Kanya Jespers (BE)Lennert Loos (BE)Sbastien Maton (BE)Nelson Vanderkindere (BE)

    This project is a re-urbanization project of a site located in the periphery of Brussels (Etterbeek). The project has been developed for a 24-hours design competition by a group of eight students, from three different archi-tecture schools in Brussels, called Brussels Design Partners. The starting point is a master plan that provides both public and semi-private spaces and opportunities for shops, offices, and a diverse range of housing. The final project proposal consists of this master plan, as well as more detailed plans, renders, a project development schedule, and a complete financial assessment, all created in under twenty-four hours.

    BPD Re-Urbanization


    RenderA render reveals how public life is revived in the re-urbanized site in Etterbeek, Belgium. Balancing busy open spaces, such as the one pictured, and more private interior courtyards, the projects main focus was to create a vibrant urban environment, keeping in mind the limited time frame of twenty-four hours.

  • PlanThis plan shows the urban morphology of the site, its surroundings, and the previous situation. From this plan, an extensive analysis has been conducted in order to compose a new layout for the site that will revive the neighborhood.

    PlansThese plans show the specific site that is subject to re-urbanization within Etterbeek, Belgium, and how this is interpreted with a new site design. This design has been thor-oughly analysed, with examples given on the right - checking densification and inti-macy of the area.

    BPD Re-Urbanization 04-1

  • Project InformationVrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), 2015Workshop Lightweight StructuresSupervised by Marijke Mollaert (BE)

    Group ProjectWith: Siemen Goetschalckx (BE)Isabelle Selleslag (BE)

    The Triple Arch Tensairity Shelter is a shelter for disaster relief, named after its design and construction manner. The shelter consists of three tensairity arches - referring to the structure of an inflated airbeam and struts. Beneath the tensairity arches, a textile membrane is tensioned by three poles and their supporting cables. The materials used and the manner of construction ensure that the shelter is lightweight and easy to transport. The Triple Arch Tensairity Shelter has been optimized through extensive analysis (EASY and Abaqus software) and a construction manual has been developed for the p...