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PREFACEThe projects in this portfolio are a selection of works that I developed during my years of study at the Acad-emy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart from 2003 till 2006.
All projects displayed in the portfolio are in a way the result of team work. I see architecture as an operat-ing field where discussions, diverging opinions and knowledge are crucial in order to come up with mo-mentous questions and to eventually take the best decisions and work out sophisticated solutions. Certain issues kept coming back to me frequently dur-ing my studies. In my portfolio the projects are catego-rized by six topics which function as sort of umbrella term for the respective issues.
HOW TO CUT A CARAVAN
DESIGN TO PRODUCTION
LAUGARNES REYKJAVIKINTENSIFYING LOCAL FORCES
BACKGROUNDThe proposal for Laugarnes was my diploma project at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. The topic and the site were chosen by myself. The following is an excerpt from my diploma agenda:
In brief the Proposal seeks to investigate national and site inherent phenomenons by analyzing back-ground and meaning of the site, as well as its spa-tial qualities and disadvantages in order to develop a site specific program and appropriate design-filter, leading to a site specific approach and identity form-ing architecture. Because of its interwoven historical and environmental layers, Laugarnes in Reykjavik is an ideal ground for experimental intention.
PROPOSALThe Design aims to invigorate Laugarnes in its role as a recreation area as well as a site of national heri-tage. National and local phenomenons or forces are analyzed and conceptually transformed into a force field, where the so called Minjar Points are the repel-ling forces. The resulting differentiated field divides the site into zones of preservation and intervention. The zones of preservation are left untouched, while the zones of intervention densify into volumes that host the site specific programs, such as the Laugar-nes Spa, the Laugarnes space of Intervention, (an in-stitution responsible for informing visitors of the area as well as organizing events and interventions), the extension of the at Laugarnes located Academy of Arts and the curved-in, green datacenter. At the tran-sitions of the two zones the design aims to underline the different matters (Sand, Turf, Stones) of the site and to support the interaction between the visitor and the manipulated environment.
Above: Situation at the north coast of Reykjavik / Left: Laugarnes, photo shot from a near situated building
The Republic of Iceland is a European island country located in the North Atlantic Ocean. The island has its own government, a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km. The official language is icelandic. Its capital and largest city is Reykjavk, whose surrounding area is home to some two-thirds of the national population.
WESTERN HARBOUR AND THE OLD HARBOUR AREA
Above: Views and buildings from the site / Left: Analysis map of Laugarnes and the surrounding area
VIEW A_Island Viey and mountain Esja
VIEW B_Island Engey, town Akranes, glacier Snfellsjkull
VIEW C_Reykjavik waterfront and harbour area
Laugarnes is the last piece of land at the north coast of Reykjavik that is barely tilled. One of the reasons why Laugarnes is more or less untilled, might be that a huge part of the site is placed under preservation order as it contains both historical heritage and places of historic interests. In a survey report from 2001, Laugarnes is considered to be one of few sites in Iceland where the history of the nation can be traced without a gap. Even though Laugarnes seems to be rather prominent it currently serves as a local recreation area.
LATELY REARRANGEDLAND FORMATIONS
OLDER LAND FORMATIONS
BUSSTOPS LINE 5
ICELANDIC ACADEMY OF ARTS
MUSEUM OF SIGURJN LAFSSON
PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC LIGHT
PROTECTED HISTORICAL HERITAGE
BLACK COAST SAND
COMMON WIND DIRECTIONS
Maps of Minjar density and building density
1 Map of the visible building density
2 Map of the invisible Minjar density
3 Relation between the two densities: buildings keep a certain distance to the Minjar
Map of all mentioned Minjar in a survey report from 2001
Roughly translated the word Minar means cultural possessions. In a survey re-port from 2001 eighteen historical places are mentioned, the most prominent spot is where a figure from the most popular icelander saga is said to be buried.
Suurkotsvr - nonexistent / tale1. Laugarneskampur - fundaments of the British barracks /2nd world war2. Suurkot - ruin 10x10,5m3. Laugarnesstofa - former bishops see / built 1824, tore 18454. Sptalahll - overgrown stone ruin 3x3m5. Laugarnessptali - brick fundaments of a former hospital6. Vr - landing place of the British army / 2nd world war7. Rstir - ruins of a dump / 2nd world war 8. Norurkot - ruin9. Rstir - brick ruin 3x1m10. Norurkotsvr - nonexistent / tale11. Bjarhll - homestead hill12. Hlainu - nonexistent / tale13. Hallgerar leii - grave of the saga-fi gure Hallgerur / tale / fossil record14. Kirkjugarur - former graveyard15. Kirkja - church 11x8m in east-west direction /existed from 1234 -179416. Beaslttur - former vegetable garden17. Barnhll - stone and turf ruin 8x5m in north-west direction / from 170318.
1 suurkotsvr2 laugarneskampur3 suurkot4 laugarnesstofa 5 sptalahll 6 laugarnessptali7 vr8 rstir 9 norurkot 10 rstir11 norurkotsvr12 bjarll 13 hlainu 14 hallgerar leii15 kirkjugarur16 kirkja 17 beaslttur18 barnhll
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Z= ZONALL= LOCALP= PUNCTUAL
P= UNDERPROTECTIONR= REGISTRATED
ACCESSIBLITY VISIBLITY MAGNITUDE
Above: Examples of the Minjar / Below: Translation matrix of the Minjar (historical heritage)
Fundament ruins, 2nd world war
Homestead hill, date unknown, under protection
Overgrown stone ruin, date unknown, 3x3 meter
Old vegetable garden, under protection, 4800 m2
Fundament from the British barracks, 2nd world war
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Where in the world would people place an old vegetable garden under preservation? - Probably only where the popula-tion density is as low as in Iceland! Bringing the places of preservation in relation to the population density of the country and in relation to the building density of the site leads to a new perception of the site and to the idea of a force-field as a design-filter which to look through in order to intervene in the logic of the site.
Imagined force-field of the invisible forces
CULTURAL INTERVENTION ZONE
CULTURAL CONSERVATION ZONE
Each Minjar is imagined to be a force, protecting a certain space around it. In order to find out where to intervene
1 Visualizing imagined force fi eld
2 Tracing main movement of force fi eld
and where to conserve, the main movement of the field, that always emerges between the forces, is used for zoning
4 Activating the intervention zone by external program, while keeping protected space in mind
5 Generating intervention surface
6 Complementing Minjar Paths
SERVER ZENTRUMGREEN DATA ARCHIV
SCHULERWEITERUNGICELANDIC ACEDEMY OF ARTS
Overall configuration of the Laugarnes intervention surface with imagined fieldlines
FIELD AS ROOFLANDSCAPE
FIELD AS 3D MASS
FIELD AS VOIDFIELD AS INFRASTRUCTURE
Local configuration of the field
Part of a Minjar Path outside the Laugarnes Spa
Sport activity surface on the roof landscape of the carved-in datacenter
Sand-Area with Space of intervention and the Laugarnes Spa in the background
Pedestrian underpass connects the old art school building with the new one
The modified Laugarnes can be seen as a conserving and intervening cultural-recreation area
Interweaving elements: Minjar Paths
While the Minjar P