JFK AIRPORT, NYC, USA . 2014 . OFFICE: EOA . ROLE: DESIGNER / PROJECT MANAGER
BOSTON, USA . 2009/10 . OFFICE: MERGE ARCHITECTS . ROLE: DESIGNER / PROJECT MANAGER / WALLSCAPE INSTALATION
The design of Yak & Yeti, a modern Nepalese Restaurant included a fully renovated kitchen; two new ADA approved restrooms; two dining areas and major structural, electrical and plumbing alterations.
The dining area is divided in two, well defined spaces:
The main dining room is a long space that allows for a variety of table layouts, including the weekend buffet.
The adjacent dining room is smaller and provides a more intimate setting. A curtain between the rooms allows enclosing the space for private events.
In the small room a large picture of Mount Everest occupies the three walls that surround the room, transporting the costumers to the immensity of the Nepalese mountains.
In the big room, inspired by the white landscape of the Mount Everest we created an installation on the left wall of the room that gradually evolves into a canopy above the bar. This wallscape made by fire-proofed cotton strap progresses organically from spacious and wide to intricate and narrow patterns. “Eyes” of silver dipped light bulbs rise from the wallscape and generate rich shadows along the space.
Engineered bamboo is used at the floor as well as on the bar and reception counters and table tops.
TENNESSEE, USA . 2012 . OFFICE: EOA . ROLE: DESIGNER / PROJECT MANAGER
COMPETITION - 1ST PLACE . AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND . 2006 . OFFICE: JDWA . TEAM: JOANA TORRES, MARIEKE VAN HENSBERGEN AND JOHAN DE WACHTER
This daycare center for 0-12 years old children gives special importance to the interaction between the age different groups. Thus, the daycare center is thought as one large “playroom”. The ground floor is designed as an open plan that leads to extreme flexibility. Spaces are defined by activities, not by walls. All children have access to all spaces.
Fixed “box-rooms” containing permanent functions such as toilets, kitchen, sleeping room, etc are strategically located to control the open plan. In addition of the box-rooms, mobile panels allow for partition of the space in to small rooms when necessary.
The box-rooms for older kids emerge from the ground floor and become tree houses that are individually accessible. These are designed as smaller playing spaces that promote more privacy.
The materialization of the daycare center stimulates the creativity of the children. Each Box and “Tree house” is finished with playful materials like Duplo, felt, metal, blackboard, etc. Walls, floor and ceiling double their function as means for creativity.
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING AMENITIES . NYC, USA . 2011 . OFFICE: ODA . ROLE: DESIGNER
The existing apartment building is 13 floors high. The project consists of adding 5 penthouse floors to the existing building and renovating the existing apartments and amenities to fit the contemporary life style of New Yorkers.
The underground amenities area has no natural light. The program consists of a Lounge, a Gym, a Movie Theater and a Playroom. Instead of a series of rooms connected by a corridor, the space is mostly occupied by the Gym. Two independent boxes - Movie Theater and Playroom - emerge within the Gym and Lounge as iconic sculptures.
Function leads the form in these boxes has they try to fit in the tight space. Due to its function the Movie Theater has an enclosed character while the Playroom is very open and permeable to allow for surveillance of children at all times.
The Playroom is composed by different areas each creating a singular atmosphere without dictating specific activities.