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Breaking into real world

You might have noticed I have been working on my master thesis [more on the topic here] and the next logical step would be looking for a job. I am kind of lucky, I could skip that part as I have recieved an offer before I have got to the point of sending out applications – good score, right? Long story short, I have entered a student design competition last June. I have been quite happy with my contribution and so was the jury [more about the project here] and then, at the award reception, I have met my future boss. He was looking for an young architect fresh out of school to work on housing projects of similiar volumes. He runs a familly business, among others also a construction company located in Brandenburg [1]. I have been intrigued by this offer and have took a meeting with him. The point is, I have started my first real job on the 1st February and moved to a very small town (ca. 4.000 inhabitants) in eastern Germany. I have been working before – tutoring since my second year and I have had some other jobs in research as well. Hence, I have never had to leave the university bubble until now. I have spent last five years in Germany, yet I was not acctually living there. It has got better when I moved out of dorms but I was still meeting only students. Looking back, I seemed to have very strange priorities and problems. As the most students, I did not  worry about buying matching furniture or having set of nice pots to cook in, anything clean worked just fine. I think this attitude is very reasonable – you have a limited budget, plus you care only about passing the classes and having fun. Yeah, I have been in that bubble for last five years. However, I think it is time to grow up for good, set up a saving account and buy those matching curtains. I will be earning good money, and have plenty of free time – maybe. I think going to work is not as time consuming as studies, you get at leas the weekends off. Therefore, it is an improvement comparing to my scedules when being to school, I have basically spent seven days either in classes or in studio. So, I have not had a free weekend in a long time.. and if I were to add the number of my pyjama lazy days in a year, I will certainly not go over the 25 (which is number of my vacation days in a year, and I did not include the state holidays!). I admit, it gets harder when you have kids but I am not even in a serious relationship yet. So, I will have the absolute freedom for the first time in my life. The strangest thing of all is, I am already looking for that boring life of an adult. After five years of rollercoasting, I was happy to dive into a routine – scedule regular workouts, plan my meals in advance and sleep properly. I was very excited and glad to abandon my college life (and have not regreted it yet).

It has been almost two weeks of work and I hold my head still up. I am constantly learning new things – it is kind of ovewhelming but I am getting the hang of it! I have had the first meeting with building authorities, they are not as scary as I imagined :). Everything is so real, I have had already two site visits – it is a housing project, redesigning an old villa. Very charming view, I would definitely want to move in! You can check out first impressions in the gallery attached below. What is more, I have spent last weekend at the Baumesse [building fair] in Chemnitz. I loved it there, and if you are a student, I would definitely recommend visiting these things – you will see plenty of interesting products there. If you are kind of hands-on-learner, it is a perfect opportunity to get in touch with the construciton world. They have so many samples there, it was very exciting.

Anyway, the working class has to do the dishes now, then some core training and get the eight hours of beauty sleep, so have a nice evening and stay tuned for more updates.

 

[1] Brandenburg is the flatest area in Germany, the land around Berlin.

 

GALLERY

Translocating heritage (5th year)

TASK

explore possible translocation of suspension bridge (1893)

LOCATION

Germany, Wetter (Ruhr)

ACCENTS

analysis, documentation and written assessment of historical structure, design of intervention, preliminary calculations

PROJECT PARTNERS

Nicole Sakrejz, Jennifer Stapel

IDEA

Proposing a translocation of an industrial landmark to reinforce the identification process of community with the heritage itself. The suspension bridge has been examinded thoroughly during the site visit in order to digitalise the technical drawings and understand its particularity.

Design on the new site is taking under consideration the original layout of the bridge construction. New additions are planned with caution and should enhance the essamble, not compete with it.

GALLERY

Master Thesis (5th year)

TASK

adaptive reuse of an acient monument in Italy

LOCATION

Castel Gandolfo, Italy

FOCUS

architectural survey and research, historical reconstruction, design, structural details, preliminary calculations

RESEARCH

Architectural survey on site and evaluation of measured data to determine the remaining substance of the Piscina Torlonia is followed by literature research on the history of the object and its former use and assessing the deterioration of structure. A possible construction process in the ancient time should be examined based on geometry of structure. Furthermore, the original design is visualised.

DESIGN IDEA

..is currently being developed.

GALLERY (the site)

GALLERY (new design)

 

New address (5th year)

TASK

design various housing units in a small town

LOCATION

Germany, Bad Liebenwerda

ACCENTS

short-term design, housing

IDEA

The new addition to the small town neibourhood is a complex of different typologies targeting three types of tenants – young couples, families, and elderly people. Each group has divers demands, yet they can benefit from sharing the joint space. Proposed layouts of units react on street-yard orientation of structure and so do the openings in the facades -opening up towards the courtyard and staying private when facing the street.

GALLERY

AWARDS

1st prize in the studnet competition awarded by Spaarkasse Finsterwalde (DE)

Attached Capsule (3rd year)

TASK

revilatise Kafr Ashry and Minet el Bassal, develop a new approach to reuse abanonded warehouses

LOCATION

former industrial area of western harbour Alexandria, Egypt

FOCUS

site analysis (workshop in Alexandria, 11|2013), develop an approach and revitalisation plan based on the needs of community, elaborate housing typologies (focus on climate aspects)

SUPERVISOR

Prof. Heinz Nagler (urban design), Prof. Bernd Huckriede (design)

 

IDEA
Reattach the Mahmoudia canal to the sea and transform it into a new green spine of Alexandria, providing leisure and sports activities. Embrace the unique form of intervention area in urban pattern and establish connections as to the neighbourhood as well as the city center itself. Create hew housing units in the warehouses (concrete skeletal structures) and accomodate new services, e.g. health care centre, education and cultural centre.

GALLERY

Spa and Hotel (3rd year)

TASK

design a hotel and spa complex in tourist resort at the Northern Sea

LOCATION
Trawemünde, Germany

FOCUS

design, optimise costs, structural details, preliminary calculations

PEOJECT PARTNER

Felix Schaub

 

IDEA

Based on additive and layering principle spread over the neighbourhood of the resort, implement a new interpretation of combining two materials – bricks and concrete. Build corridors and communication areas in a rather open way – use large openings and reduce the partition walls to create a continuous space flow. However, hide the private rooms behind the closed, brick curtain wall facade and sun blinds.

GALLERY

St. Concrete (2nd year)

TASK

design a simple, multi-functional, sacral object in reinforced concrete (a quiet place for meditation, a chapel, a landmark at a highway)

LOCATION

a highway in Germany (without any further specifation)

FOCUS

light, space ow, views and connection, structural details project

PROJECT PARTNER

Felix Schaub

 

IDEA

Turn the impressions of taking a break from fast road and finding a quiet place to relax into the form itself. Break a block of concrete aparts, so that the light infiltrating the space in between these halfs creates a transcendent atmosphere. Ultimately, a simple crack opens up and offers a magnicent view into the nature, setting the spirits free.

GALLERY

Entrance Pavilion (1st year)

TASK

design an entrance pavillion for the site of Alvar Aalto‘s summer house (based on experience from excursion to Scandinavia)

LOCATION

Muuratsalo (island nearby Jyväskylä), Finland

PROJECT PARTNER

Mathaeus Nierzwicki

 

IDEA

Induce the former impressions, that visitors had when arriving in the past by boat and climbing up the granite cli, in the new entrance pavillion at a modern, car-accessible road.

 

GALLERY

Visualisation Class (1st year)

Our curriculum at BTU includes several visualisation classes. We have startet to draw by hand, yet we got around very fast and ended up drawing digitally. However, I still enjoy sketching especially when getting started on project.

The task of this particular class was to build 3D model with Rhinoceros of an imaginary roman house in Pompeji –  the only rule was, it should look plausible. Then, render one perfect shot. It took us some time, especially when we were trying to fire up the rendering back then. It took us forever and cost us great amount of patience. Anyway, we were working in a team of three and had plenty of fun as well. Thank you Sophie and Mathaeus!

GALLERY

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