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The Cultivated Archive (2015)
Since the first settlers came to Iceland, nearly 70% of the vegetation on the island has been lost. Vast areas have been desertified due to agricultural mismanagement and over-exploitation, and the speed of erosion is magnified by volcanic activity and harsh weather conditions.
"The Cultivated Archive - A Landreclamation Center in Iceland"aims to investigate how architecture can act as a vehicle for reclamation and cultivation of degraded land.
It is an exploration of the regenerative possibilities of architecture. The architecture of the projects reveals its self in threshold between the pragmatics of the industrial mechanism associated with the studied land reclamation techniques and the generated outcome of the interventions.
The project is not just proposing technical solutions to the issue of land reclamation. It seeks to articulate a specific architectural expression, that over time reveals itself as a post-industrial mark on the landscape.
The impact of a built environment, always implicates the reshaping and transformation of the surroundings, sometimes resulting in a negative effect on existing environment.
Since the beginning of the twentieth century architecture has undergone a rapid technological transformation. It has impacted the approach to the design of the built environment, moving it farther away from a sustainable position to nature. These developments underlie many of the world’s most serious environmental problems today.
However same technologies have provided an improved quality of life for the general population, and has demonstrated the ability to reveal unforeseen possibilities.
The question is how these same developments can be harnessed to offer new approaches for more sustainable designs, and how architecture can responding to current environmental problems.
Forslagets intension er, at iscenesætte et samspil mellem himmel, have og gård gennem et lystfuld spil af lys og skygge, samt at muliggøre oplevelsen af nye perspektiver af anlægget og hovedbygningen. Dette med respekt for den eksisterende Gl. Holtegaard Barokhave.
Det Pompøse Pavillonens fremtoning i sin teatralske patos opretholder en balance til hele haveanlægget med dens dominerende akser og stigsystemer. Den placerer sig som et selvstændig strukturelt ornament i det største felt nord for hovedaksen.
Rumoplevelse Orangeriet defineres som et autonomt og selvrefererende rum i haven der forandrer sig over tid i samspil med haven og dens beplantning. Den indre facade udsmykkes med hurtigvoksende sølvregn. Således forvandles pavillonens åbne fremtoning, med regulær og synlig struktur, til en mere og mere intim og omsluttet rumoplevelse med grøn dekor.
Dynamisering af rum Strukturens statiske og stærk symmetriske udtryk brydes delvist via en integreret spiral samt visuelle flugtlinier hinsides pavillonens grænser hvoraf den ene leder øjet op mod himmellyset og en anden inviterer blikket tilbage til hovedbyg- ningen og dennes centrale rolle for parken. Dette fuldender havens elementer, objekter, akser og felter (kompartimenter).
Sanserne Sanserne stimuleres på forskellige niveauer. De anvendte materialer bruges ubehandlet. Lærkens harpiksproduktion og dermed forbundne duft giver ru- moplevelsen en særlig note. Det kegleformede centrale rum bruger sølvregnens naturlige ornamentik til at filtrere sollyset på vej mod dets indre. Mens vinden rasler i bladene retter blikket sig mod åbningen i rotundens zenit og viser sky- ernes flygtige gestalt i en fulendt cirkulær ramme. Rummet forstilles møbleret med enkelte stole og inviterer til roligt ophold imens trapperummet bag sølvreg- nen indbyder til bevægelse, der fuldendes med et opløftet udsyn over havens busketter og blikket tilbage til Gl. Holtegaard.
Plantevalg i arkitekturen benyttes ofte planter som dekor. intentionen med plantevalgeter bevidst at inddrage sølvregn som et rumskabende element, der forandrer det arkitektoniske udtryk over tid. Sølvregnen (Fallopia aubertii, Polygonum bald- schuanicum) som har sin oprindelse i Tadsjikistans bjergskove, forstilles placeret i plantebøtter under spiraltrappen på fundamentringen. Plantens hurtigt voksende egenskab muliggør en langsom beklædning af hele det indre rum (keglen). Her vil dens organiske ornamentik gennem blade og blomster på naturlig vis bidrage til den ”barokke” tolkning af projektet.
CHART ART FAIR (2014)
WINNER OF BEST PAVILION CHART ART FAIR 2014
The project combines the Nordic aesthetics and functionality with the idea of temporality. Of course, the potential pitfalls of dealing with temporary architecture is the prevailing idea of the permanent structure. IIn most cases the amount of time spent in the building process of a “temporary” structure by far exceeds the life span of the intended use. In this sense the “tent” is still the most refined temporary typology at hand. To “put up” rather than to “build up”, and to “repack” rather than to “throw away”.
The pavilion uses the idea of the tent, and combines it with the sail, inspired by the sailing ships of Nyhavn in Copenhagen, the reminiscence of an old seafaring nation.
The main cover of the pavilion is a 6 meter tall “sail”, designed in collaboration with local sailmakers. It is made out of same material as many modern day sails, and is being held up by a helium ballon that reaches 2,5 meters in diameter. This keeps the ground free of bearing structures, and allows free movement around the bar. The bar itself is made up of an entwined lath structure, assembled with pieces of threaded metal rods. Easy to assemble, easy to disassemble.
A COLLECTIVE STORYLINE - Europan 2012 Aalborg (2013)
This proposal focuses on a vision of turning Kastetvej into the strong backbone of Vestbyen. With an interest in public spac- es as a starting point, the Kastetvej becomes the strongest line of development and central to the new identity of Vestbyen. It is the central collective storyline which other new and existing storylines hinge themselves on in the transformation of the city.
A selection of valuable areas are singled out and connected to and across Kastetvej through different strategies. Existing green spaces are strengthened and new green areas are established in streets and plazas. The proposed light rail line establishes new infrastructural connections along Kastetvej, and also emphasizes that Vestbyen is the point along the proposed line with the closest proximity to Limfjorden. Kastetvej is also made central in the strategy of distributing, developing and displaying the different local identities. The programmatic strategy seeks to activate public spaces by different user groups at different times.
Climate is also included in the strategy, with the ambition to turn climate changes issues into an included part of the rhythms and circulations of the city. Ideas for 12 different sub-areas of Vestbyen are collected in a storyboard of identities, and distributed in phases of development over time, according to tentative snapshots of the situation in 2018 and 2025.
Hortus Apertus (2012)
A roof in the garden, supported by slim columns and overhanging a hard surface that is framed by translucent drapes, creating a space for the two main characters; the furniture wall and the kitchen cylinder.
These are the elements that turn the Archivo garden into Hortus Apertus, the open garden.
The proposal incorporates the functional requirements of varying human activities, a range of donated materials and temporality by asking; how does body, nature and architecture meet each other in the Archivo Pavilion?
It was clear that the furniture, its temporal usage and limited space required special attention. By playing with the idea of the stackable chair combined with an enthusiastic approach towards the given materials we developed the idea of the furniture wall. Here circular holes are cut into plates of MDF that are then layered and put side by side to form a wall. Chairs and tables made of MDF are then pushed into position on the wall when not in use, leaving the floor surface free for different people and different activities.
The MDF wall splits into two parts leaving an opening to enter through. The wall and its surrounding space is covered by a green roof, lifting up the garden foot print, supported by reflective and translucent materials ensuring a strong relation with the surrounding garden. The area around the wall is served by a moveable kitchen that opens up when used and is closed when not in use.
The positioning of the pavilion relates to the whole of the garden. The roof leads you towards the pavilion all the way from the Archivo main building. As you enter the pavilion, you don’t find yourself inside a building; you are in the garden where further views and movement is made possible.
In this way the Hortus Apertus is not an object placed in the garden, but a piece of furniture for us to experience the garden with.
Awarded The Danish Architects’ Associations Bachelor Award 2011 - read more
Copenhagen has like other western cities experienced great growth and big changes during the last 20 years.
This economical blossoming was based on political decisions taken due to rising social and economical challenges which the municipality Copenhagen was facing in the late 1980s. High unemployment and low housing standards led to a combination of demographics with great social and health problems. At the same time, the production industry was firing employees which meant that more than half of the jobs within the industry disappeared.
Therefore, the Danish parliament published a report titled: “The capitol, what do we want from it?”. The report has been the foundation for important decisions such as: establishing the Oresund Bridge connection between Denmark and Sweden, establishing the first three phases of the metro network and the expansion of the airport and the university.
The urban renewal process has not just been happening in the periphery of the city but also in the gaps and voids which are now left from the production facilities of the industrial society.
Østre Gasværk was built in 1877 and supplied Copenhagen with gas until 1969. The industrial buildings have all been torn down which has left behind a great void on the edge of the city.
Østre Gasværk was included in the second renewal phase in the 1989 report and will therefore soon take its part in the development that Copenhagen has experienced throughout the two last decades. From the Orestad project and Kalvebod Brygge in the early 1990s to the newest plans for the North Harbour and the Carlsberg city area.
Our vision was to discover how Østre Gasværk will be able to contribute to a qualified densification of Copenhagen in the future. So far, the urban renewal has given Copenhagen various projects with strong identities and their own specific and exclusive urban spaces, creating a more heterogeneous city. The municipal agenda from 1989 has so far been a success.
However, since most parts of the 1989 vision will soon be fulfilled and developed the relevant question to ask is: what will future qualified densification mean for the city?
Østre Gasværk is like other post industrial areas strongly contrasting with the established specific and exclusive urban spaces. These areas are “left over areas” that are often characterized by their lack of connection to the surrounding context and are therefore not subject to unwritten rules and predetermined behaviors.
Østre Gasværk is a sort of respite in the urban fabric. The area has no specific function which is exactly why it has a great potential for absorbing many different functions and activities. This makes it a very attractive area for a city like Copenhagen; since it will be able to facilitate the whole city as an open functional platform instead of weaving itself into a new rigid urban structure, minimizing its now immense potential.