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The Utzon(x) 2016 summer school explored robotic making in relation to clay extrusion, modular brick assemblies and thermal design articulations. In 9 days a team of tutors and participants delivered a large set of prototypes experiments and two novel brick/tile systems for architecture.
Reed Hook Tower is a project focusing on the development of a building with mixed-use development, that in a time in desperate need of renewable building materials, with a plot ratio of 250%, challenges contemporary technology and principles in construction in wood.
With a building site in Brooklyn’s former industrial and crime embossed waterfront neighborhood; Red Hook, the project examines how timber construction can bring both local and global environments towards more sustainable solutions.
With concern for architectural and construction traditions in timber construction, the project attempts to move the front lines of contemporary architecture by implementing new manufacturing and design technologies. This is achieved through full empathy and complex understanding of how the material; tectonic, spatial, cultural and environmental quality as a whole can be combined for a universal sustainable architecture.
With a theme of: “Tectonic Design and Nordic Architecture”, an approach that dealt with technical as well as sensuous qualities was undertaken, in the design process of a sacral building for the new Parish of Hatlehol in Ålesund, on the west coast of Norway.
To develop a building with the spirit of nordic design and the poetic of tectonic tradition, a methodology with special focus on the context and spirit of the place, combined with a deep care of detail and structure through paramtric informed design has been utiliezed.
The challenge of designing a modern church is a task with many layers compared to the historical church where many things where dogmatically predefined. The focus has shifted from being entirely on god and the religious aspects, to now encompass a more communal
and social oriented functions. This secularization has to be expressed architecturally in a way that doesn’t compromise the sacral qualities and spirituality.
It is the intention to, in a delicate way, mediate the relation between nature (the earthbound) and the sacred (the heavenly).
Following the dynamic of the landscapes ascent, this transition is experienced in the building character, by means of transformation in light, structure, acoustic, proportion and thereby spatial atmosphere.
Based upon the semester theme of sustainable architecture the project has been designed through the integrated design process, where a focus on combining the knowledge of architecture and engineering through the whole process has been the aim.
Through the process an eye on merging the interior and exterior through detailing the construction and the work with the materiality in both interior and exterior to design an area and architecture with focus on the sensuous scale. The aim is to design a net-zero building, but also a building where a focus on detailing, materials and tectonic creates a durable building there can be used and minimize the use of materials and stand for many years. This is designed through the creation of a new typology there is en near contact with the near context and the nature where the guiding and light is used to create atmospheres there speaks to the human scale.
The theme of sustainability is been explored through the design task of creating a mixed-use zero-energy housing complex at the coast of Limfjorden. With a focus on creating a housing complex with indoor privacy and private green areas, and where the building is designed with an aim on the integrated design process to create a good indoors environment. The proposed program simultaneously suggest an floor area ratio between 80 – 150% and of this up to 10% mixed used, and the buildings should be no more than an averaged height of 3 stores and one type of the apartments no more than 115m2.
To reach a point of strategies for validating the architecture through both quantitative and qualitative values our own understanding and use of integrated design process and sustainability is applied.