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Housing Project No. 14

It is funny, the last finished project was acctually No. 13 [1]. Now, to keep things organised, I am moving up to Project No. 14 – the best German clishe of all times ūüôā

I have always liked reconstruction projects better than doing new designs. As I am not crazy creative, I like to have a starting point when drafting an approach. It is easier to find it, if you do not “cook only from water” [2] So, having to work with an old core is always a fun for me. What is more, you have during the transformation process the great dynamic of old/new.

First step, building survey – it is kind of spooky, yet so much fun for me. I loved spending semester breaks with head in ancient buildings (I should make a post on this!). Measuring and drawing, measuring again, and again. Trying to sneak in some quiet time and produce plausible plans can be hard, especially if you have to supervise two other active sites. Nevertheless, at some point I have finished and moved on to the second part – negotiating with building authorities what could be aproved. Recently, the building permit has been released and we are preparing the implementation these days.

— next update in few weeks —

BASIC DATA

  • Luckenberger Stra√üe 14, Brandenburg an der Havel
  • 14 apartments with net dwelling area 34 – 110 sqm
  • construction start aprx. in 05/ 2018
  • old masonary, Ziegeleinh√§ngedecke (modern brick “hanging” ceiling)

DRAWINGS and PLANS

GALLERY – site in progress

 

GALLERY – finished project

 

 

[1] link here

[2] to cook only from water – it is a weird slovak expression translated literaly. Imagine, you are trying to cook a soup, yet the only ingredient you have is¬†just water. You can only wonder, how tasty it will get in the end ūüôā

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(my) First Housing Project

Starting a new job two years ago [1], preparing and submitting an application for building permit was one of my first tasks. It took a while to polish the details and sign contractors Рafter a year of preperations, we were good to go. Quite enthusiastic, I emerged myself in regular site visits Рcoordinating subcontractors, material logistic and ensuring general progress. And I think I grew few grey hairs this past year. Nevertheless, I am glad to say, I have just finished my first housing project!

The design is not ground breaking, the general layout was already drafted before I started. What is more, we were building based on existing zoning plan and there were lot of other restrictions, e.g. the facade colour determined by the department of preservation of historical monumetns – despite the fact, it is a new building. Welcome to Germany.

It is quite fascinating to look back and see how I put few abstract plans into real shape and watched to grow a real house in front of me. I guess, I did learn something and I would have done so many thigns differently now. Nevertheless, it turned out quite OK and the first tenants were so happy! And that is only thing what counts in the end.

BASIC DATA

  • Max-Planck-Stra√üe 13, Potsdam
  • 6 apartments with net dwelling area of ca. 94 sqm
  • construciton period from 03/2017 to 01/2018 (11 months)
  • massive construction with prefabricated concrete slabs
  • I have no fancy visualisations as I have spent more hours on site than in office ūüôā

DRAWINGS and PLANS

 

GALLERY – in progress

will upload some nice pics from site soon.

 

GALLERY – finished product

 

 

[1] read more here

museum design (2nd year)

TASK

design a museum using contrasts of light materials and mass

LOCATION

somewhere in swiss mountains (without any further specifation)

FOCUS

mass, concrete, wood, light

 

IDEA

Designing a robust concrete shell to withstand the rough outdoors and playing with wooden elements floating inside to present the artefacts. Arraying a set of shells along the edge and opening them up to the south in common area, yet facing nothrern light when exhibiting sculptures. The lower floor with painting exhibition stays completely hidden inside of the hill.

 

GALLERY

summer house on the skerries (2nd year)

TASK

Filled with the impressions of ferry ride through skerries during the excursion in Scandinavia, design a simple summer house.

LOCATION

skerry coast somewhere in Scandinavia (without any further specifation)

FOCUS

landscape interaction, light, views and connection, family time

PROJECT PARTNER (Models)

Luisa Schulz

 

IDEA

Emphasising the flat and scattered character of the coastline, yet setting contrast to the smooth washed out counturs of the rocks.

The summer house structure was broken into four funtional space units, arrayed on the ridge overlooking the bay and encosing a courtyard to offer a place to directly interact with outside, yet sheltering the inhabitants from cold wind. The horizontality of the landscape  was underlined by the horizontaly streched windows to enable widened vistas.

 

GALLERY

 

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 Рgood 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 Рtutoring 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 Рyou 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 Рmaybe. 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 Рscedule 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

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