This November, Studio Building Design visited Le Corbusier’s monastery Couvent Sainte-Marie de La Tourette.
The monastery was designed jointly by architects Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis, and its construction finished in 1960. Although it was built for a hundred silent Dominican monks, only about ten reside here today, making room for architecture lovers from all over the world to come visit and stay overnight in the building’s small, simple cells. Packed up with books and sleeping bags, we took the train from nearby city Lyon to the monastery to stay for five days – taking in the architecture and the atmosphere of the place.
This semester the 2nd and 3rd year students have worked with the theme: “Openings”. At Unit E we have interpreted the term as being more than just holes (such as windows and doors) in buildings. Since it has been a research semester we have studied different pieces of transformation architecture. The original buildings and the new ones. Furthermore we have developed pre-architectures based on our hitherto studies. The entire idea of these studies is the consideration of architecture being open for development and as a source of information and inspiration.
To gather my work during the semester, I decided to develop an alternative log book, since it would not make any sense to make a finished or closed book stapled, glued or bonded, defining a clear finish line. This is why all pages of my book lies unbound in a box. In this way reorganizations of and additions to the book is always possible. Also the upper page in the box is a letter for the reader of the book, urging him or her to intervene where I left of, adding new chapters to the unfinished book on an unfinished project about unfinished architecture. Thus this book does not only describe our Unit’s approach on openings – it actually builds on the concept itself.
All the first year students went on a field trip to Herning and Viborg to explore landscape architecture in connection with their project “Section and Movement” in which they are each going to design an architectural intervention based on their given sites in Aarhus University Park. They got to experience some very different kinds of landscape architecture. First they visited Herning to see the geometric gardens drawn by C. T. H. Sørensen and an art installation by Ingvar Cronhammer, and afterwards they went for a rainy walk in the moraine landscape of Kongenshus Memorial Park in Viborg.
In connection to their study program, Studio Constructing an Archive has been in the United States for a 2 week study trip. The tour consisted of three stops: New York, Chicago and Grand Canyon. There were mappings done in New York and Grand Canyon, that are supposed to be included in each student’s project in a 84×84 cm print. As a middle stop between the two locations, The Architecture Biennale of Chicago was also a part of the trip. Here are Mathias Skafte Andersen’s photos from the trip.
It was a cold Friday morning, and we were all going to meet up at Nørre Vosborg’s gate tower. Along the long road up to the manor our guide was approaching us. After a short introduction we walked towards the new hotel wing, drawn by ’ARKITEMA’. A building that is designed from the barn typology, and therefore is placed very subtle among the other buildings. At the building we were met by the carpenter on the construction site. The building is undergoing renovation due to rot in the roof of the building and other damages and mistakes on the building. From that point on it was the carpenter that showed us around and it was very exciting to hear a carpenters point of view on the project and on the building proces and what difficulties that may come during the building proces and when several experts have to work together. It was very fascinating not only to the see the architecture but also to hear more about the building proces and how hard it can actually be to work together in spite of being from different professional groups, and also how much the cooperation affects on the building as a whole. I think that view on cooporation was the biggest learning for all of us that day, but we also got to see some really interesting architecture, both the older architecture of the old manor, the transformation of an old barn and the newly built hotel wing that was under construction.
This semester in Studio Urban Design | Landscape Architecture, a study trip to Berlin was part of the obligatory curriculum. The purpose with the trip was to study and analyze the U-bahn, S-bahn and Light Rail stations, in order to compare and be inspired for possible urban scenarios back home in Aarhus. The trip also included one whole day of exploring a green corridor that stretched all the way from Park am Gleisdreieck to Hans Baluschek Park.
Semester 9 Project by Kasper Kromann, Studio Building Design
The project transforms three existing silos near the coast of Frederica to a new non religious burial memorial. The project aims to establish a new set of rituals thus creating an architecture that will help people deal with death in a more direct way and create a long lasting bond with nature.
As more and more people reject the service of the church in their everyday life it seems relevant to ask if the church still should conduct our last rites. A traditional Christian funeral is often seen as a single ceremony. Opposed to that The Living Memorial offers a ceremony that corresponds with the cycle of nature. The ashes of the deceased will be planted with the seeds from an optional forest tree. The three industrial silos will function as incubators for the vulnerable sprouts making it possible for the relatives to visit and carrying for the sprouting tree. The tree becomes and individual and personal token by creating a new life that offers an extension of the final goodbye.
As the tree grows and feelings settle, the new tree will be ready for its final journey. After a year the relatives will move the tree to the nearby memorial forest. Here it will become a long lasting testimonial and together with other trees form a greater story about life and death.
Key elements and the overall program is based on research from 8th semester.
When we travel through Denmark by train, we travel through a sea of different regions, each with their own traditions and local cuisine. Regional dishes show a belonging to a specific area and a particular tradition. My project invites travellers to see Denmark through the eyes of the locals by reinterpreting local dishes and emphasising traditions and local products. By connecting our meeting with a town with a local dish, we can taste a bite of Denmark as we travel through the country.
Nicolai Hende Unit C, 6. semester and Aisha Seeberg Praktik Sleth
As an introduction to the creative process of studying architecture the students at 1st semester were asked to transform two everyday objects chosen by their counselors into a third object. This object was to contain traits from both previous objects while being non-related to the previous understanding of these.
These are some examples of what the students at Unit 1C created: