The first home project I did when we moved into our new apartment in Praia, CV. A custom designed table to fit exactly the space we had in our kitchen. I had searched online for a table that did all the things we needed it to (durable, counter height, ability to seat 4, & with extra storage capacity) for a long time, but nothing came close, so I decided to design and build it myself 🙂 You will notice that construction was super easy: the table is made of 2"x4" pine boards for everything except the table top that are made of 3/4" thick oak boards - a hard wood that can take the abuse it would have to deal with on a daily basis. Everything I needed was bought at home depot, and I even got all the wood pieces cut to size there too. Add in screws, wood glue, paint and oil finish for the top, and voila!
I worked with a big team to realize the Quorum building, and lobby for the 3675 Market st building in Philadelphia were CIC Philadelphia is located. For the core and shell of the Quorum building and the lobby for the 3675 Market street building I worked with ZGF architects, who were also the architect of record for the project (ZGF also designed, independent of me, the 3675 st. Tower). And for the interior architecture and design of the Quorum building I worked with HOK, who were the architect of record for the interior fit-out of the Quorum project.
Me and my team (Gabe Tomasulo and Michaela Pearce) did the design and construction administration for the CIC and Venture Cafe Philadelphia projects over a period of almost two years. A big portion of project were Laboratories, which complicated matters quite a bit. Construction finished for both projects in October of 2018. The overall project had close to 90,000 square feet. HOK were the architects of record for both projects. You can find MORE PHOTOS of the projects here: http://www.sidigomes.com/architecture.html
I managed to design and (hand) build our King sized bed before our son was born. Finished the bed in October of 2017, and just now getting to uploading pictures.... yeah, I know! 😄
Goals for the bed was for it to be rock solid (it uses a hot rolled steel frame); able to be easily dismantled and shipped to say... Cabo Verde? 😛 And then easily put together again; have integrated storage to save on space; and finally it had to all be done with materials I could find at home depot. It also required easy fabrication, since I didn't have access to a wood-shop, and just had the most basic of tools at home. The only part I didn't build myself was the steel frame. I sent my design to Randal from theworcshop.com in Worcester, MA, to fabricate, prime and paint it. I used 3/4" thick pine boards to cover the frame (oak would have been better), stained them, then cut them to size, and then attached them to the frame. The drawers were made using 1/2" pre-finished plywood sheets for the box, pine boards for the fronts, wood glue, screws, and castors ordered from Amazon.com. Lesson learned with the castors was to use castors whose wheels move in only 2 directions, since castors that can move in any direction have to move sideways before they can move in the opposite direction of the direction they were just moving in, so not good for drawers that just have to go back and forth. I had to order more basic wheels after having bought fancy expensive castors the first time around.
The total cost of materials for the bed was $2,100. I don't remember now how much time I spent designing and building it... But it was a solid amount. Good part though is that it was designed to the exact dimensions, and to satisfy the exact needs we had; is super quiet, and is rock solid, so hopefully it will be able to last for a VERY long time.
But most of all, it feels amazing to sleep on something you built with your very own hands! And the design and fabrication process was also super fun.
After a couple of years sleeping on it, I have to say that that it has been worth every penny!
#CustomDesignedFurniture #FurnitureDesign #handbuilt #Design
Finally getting a chance to get some pictures of the completed CIC Rotterdam Phase II project. Worked in collaboration local Architecture firm Kraajivanger Architects, Art Tenders w/ Studio Spass, Green Fortune, Bearak Construction and the local CIC team to bring this to life. #architecture#innovationarchitecture #architecturedesign
MORE PICS of the project here: http://www.sidigomes.com/architecture.html
[This post is a couple of months old, but better late than never!]
#underconstruction Steel is coming up in our CIC and District Hall project in Providence, Rhode Island! #Architecture #Design #InnovationDistrict. I worked on this in collaboration with Ayers Saint Gross Architects. The project is scheduled to be complete in Spring of 2019
Check out the Architecture page of this website for more pictures and details about the project.
Finally getting to take photos of my latest, finished, project in MIAMI. I designed this project from head to toe, did all the Millwork design, and even picked the furniture - some of which I custom designed too. A lot of people helped make this project possible, from the design and construction team at CIC to the ops team in Miami helping with the design and execution of the project. You will also see the work of some great local Miami artists in the project. Hope you enjoy! More photos of the custom designed furniture/millwork coming soon.
It's coming up!!! 😃 CIC is #growing! Building that I helped #design in Philadelphia is #underconstruction 🔨 and going well! It's the events and gathering space called #Quorum. Next to it will be Ucity Tower, whose lobby and arrival experience I have had a big part in designing as well. #CICPhiladelphia will be located inside the tower. Can't wait for the opening, summer 2018!! #architecture.
It is the first building in the USA that I have had a big part in shaping. The funny part is that it is literally 2 blocks away from my architecture undergraduate studio at #UPENN where my architecture career started!
The architect of record for this building is ZGF. They also fully designed the tower which is attached to the Quorum building.
#UniversityCityScienceCenter & #CICtower in #PHILLY
Getting back to my roots. Starting to draw again. From the #notebook #stilllife #freeHandDrawing #graphiteandPaper #fineArts
A couple of drawings I did recently, after going shopping for some art supplies
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