Savarin Project, Prague

Heatherwick Studio

She joined Heatherwick Studio for the regeneration project in the centre of Prague, the project involved creating 15,000sq m of retail and office space set in gardens next to historic Wenceslas Square, scene of the Velvet Revolution in 1989 and some of the most significant events arising from the Prague Spring in 1968.
The Savarin development, for Czech firm Crestyl, will tie together several heritage buildings by creating organic connections with the surrounding district and through the site which is bounded by three main streets in addition to Wenceslas Square.
Heatherwick’s proposal includes new-build elements and a significant amount of public realm, both at ground level and through a series of terraces.

Exhibition Road Project  , V&A Museum
Amanda Levete Architects 

Chiara joined AL_A towards the end of 2014 to deliver the construction of Exhibition Road Project, the new wing of the V&A Museum. She worked closely to the project Architect on design options, packages detailing, under demanding site deliverables, site inspections and technical coordination. The project was hugely challenging on a number of levels – piling and excavating within a meter of grade I listed buildings, as well as providing a column free gallery space within minimum structural depth. The project included complex geometry, bespoke craft/ detailing, and an irregular and highly significant Heritage context.

During these tree years of construction, she worked on various packages and attended meetings with clients, consultants and contractors. In particular she was involved in delivering the geometrical origami plasterboard ceiling and internal walls of the V&A new gallery space.

Site photography was a strong powerful tool for monitoring the construction progress as well as exploring visually how the space was changing. These images show key moments of the V&A Exhibition road project.

2011 – 2013 
Pascall+Watson Architects

In 2011 after gaining part 2 Diploma at UEL she joined Pascall and Watson Architects for the construction of the Heathrow T2A airport, where she worked for two years helping designing and coordinating ceilings and walls packages. The images show key moments of the Heathrow terminal site and the complexity of this large building and its coordination.

2006 – 2007
Foster + Partners

In 2006 Chiara joined Foster+Partners to work on Aldar Central MArket Project. The work carried during this year has further inspired Chiara’s passion for geometrical patterns while developing a strong interest in working with parametric pattern models and their architectural application. This was Chiara’a first experience on a large scale project and the one that started her career in London as a professional Architect.

The project brief was to transform Abu Dhabi’s historic Central Market as a large development inspired by the traditional architecture of the Gulf the scheme concept aimed to reinvent the the traditional market place, as a dynamic new quarter bringing together different experiences as the traditional Souk: the shopping experience combines a mix of luxury bou- tiques and crafted trades. She worked as a part I assistant helping on presentations for the client reviews and any drawings needed.

The project was offering an alternative to the globalized one-size-fits- all shopping mall keeping the unique qualities of the local traditional market. Its design brings together different experiences as the tradi- tional Souk: the shopping experience combines a mix of luxury boutiques and crafted trades.

It reveals variety of pleasant architectural spaces with sequence of public routes and squares in which the barriers between inside and out- side are dissolved. A pattern developed with a scholar of Islamic arts wrap a perforated skin inside and outside the building. The design of the panels is based on octagonal forms, which reference both traditional zellige tile work and more recent geometrical researches.

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