ALEXANDER GÖSTA CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY email@example.com +46 (0) 703 - 17 04 03 (china) +86 187 - 0199 - 5267 Gibraltargatan 78 412 79 Gothenburg SWEDEN
ALEXANDER GÖSTA EDUCATION My name is Alexander Gösta. I’m currently in my first year of master in Architecture. I’m studying as an exchange student from Chalmers University, Gothenburg to Tongji CAUP, Shanghai. I got my bachelor degree in Architecture and engineering, Chalmers, one of few similar study programmes in Europe. As explained further down it’s an combination of structural engineering and architectural studies. At Tongji I study solely architecture, with focus on urban design and urban development. Hopefully this spring I will have the opportunity to implement more of my special interest of programming in my designs. I was introduced to programming in a visual interface (Grasshopper etc) at Chalmers, and feel now that this is something I would like to develop; combining engineering skills and methods in the architectural design process. China and Shanghai is providing a lot of interesting case studies. I will use my remaining time here to visit a more places and special projects.
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In this portfolio I show some of my school projects. I have chosen them for variety of focus and program. Some are very recent while some were made a few years back. I hope that my development of skills is visible in the project designs. The projects are presented in reversed chronological order. In the end I present a few design workshops.
SEPT 2013-MAY 2014 Non-degree exchange studies, Architecure, Master level, 60 Hec
Collage of Architecture and Urban planning, Tongji University, Shanghai AUG 2010-MAY 2013 Architecture and engineering, 180 Hec, Bachelor of engineering,
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
JAN-MAY 2010 Course in mathematics, 30 Hec, University of Gothenburg 2005-2008 Technical programme, Upper secondary school, Älvkullegymasiet, Karlstad
WORKING EXPERIENCE JUNI-AUG 2012 Chef, Rislökka Trafikstation, Oslo AUG 2009-JAN 2010 Restaurant assistant, Subway, Karlstad OKT 2008-JUNI 2009 Restaurant assistant, Bocata Foodfactory and Coffeebar, Oslo
VOLUNTARY COMMITMENT 2012-2013 Launcher for the Mentoring Programme, Arkipelago,
Arkitekturstudernadesektionen, Chalmers 2012 Auditor for the Internal Economy,
Arkitekturstudernadesektionen, Chalmers 2011 Treasurer for the Party Planning Committee , Arkitekturstudernadesektionen,
ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING The bachelor Architecture and Engineering at Chalmers is one of few similar in Europe. The analytic thinking of the engineer is combined with the free form finding methods of the architect. Five years studies will give me either a master of engineering or a master of architecture. I have a mind to take both degrees. The pie chart below shows which fields of study that is included. Building Design Architecture and Technology History Mathematics Mechanics and Load bearing systems Urban planning Physics and Protective systems Environmental studies Arts, Communications and Architectural tools
COMPUTER SKILLS DRAWING
AutoCAD 2013, Revit 2013
MODELLING Rhinoceros 3D, Grasshopper, Revit 2013, Google Sketchup 8 GRAPHICS AND LAYOUT Adobe CS6: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator ANALYSIS MATLAB 2013, CALFEM OFFICE Microsoft: Word, Excel, Powerpoint
LANGUAGE SKILLS Swedish - native English - expert Chinese - beginner
CONTENTS DESIGN PROJECTS
ZHENYUAN CONFERENCE & SPA
2012 | 3rd year
2011 | 2rd year
COMPUTER TO MODEL WORKSHOP
2013 | 1st year master
GUANGQI ROAD STREET MARKET 2013 | 1st year master
OPERA HOUSE 2013 | 3rd year
2012 | 2rd year
2013 | 1st year master
MATLAB FORM FINDING 2012 | 2rd year
CONFERENCE AND SPA FACILITY ZHENYUAN CREATING ARCHITECTURE IN HILLY LANDSCAPE COURSE YEAR EXAMINER TOOLS
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The task was to develop a programme for a site in the south part of the ancient town of Zhenyuan. The students was to propose the programme as well as make a design proposal from it.
Fall 2013, 1st year of master
AIM CIAO Quinsan
AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
To create a modern place in the ancient town that generates tourism. I wanted to implement some of the great history of the site as well as make a responsible design that harmonized with the beautiful landscape. I think that my decision to spread out the buildings over the hill was a bad one in the end. I should have kept the whole complex more together in one spot. The hills are too step and changing. My solution makes for bad accessibility and take up a too large area. I also don’t like the connection with the road and the entrance to the complex which I did not work with enough.
CONTEXT Zhenyuan is located in the eastern part of the Guizhou Province at the shores of the Wuyang River. It has long been residence to the Miao people. In 202 BC the area became a county of the Han Gaozu and an important trading site. There are many tourist sites in the area of the town, like religious caves, temples, and pavilions. There is also the close relationship to the river. The ancient river architecture is unique as well as the mountain architecture. Along the river you can take boat trips and go sighting. The city government now wants to make their city more tourist friendly. At the south part of the river a site has been selected as a place for development in this direction. A large scale low fare hotel has been proposed for the site but nothing has yet been approved. We where asked to make up some alternatives. The government also requested a viewpoint from where you could stop by and view the city from the hill.
PROGRAM In contrast to the low fare hotel proposed before I think that the beautiful site need to be handled with more care. The city wants to show a modern side and adapt to tourism but at the same time mind its cultural heritage. I think there should be something that can be seen and will put a modern face to the town, but still witness the site and its culture. I want to let the Miao knowledge of building on the mountainside and the cosy village alleys shine through my design. Considering all the tourist attractions in the nearby area as well as the many hiking possibilities a hotel might be a good idea. For the less adventurous travellers the beautiful site provides for a great place for thought and meditation. Therefore a spa is suitable in connection to the hotel. To make the facility more flexible, a restaurant and conference rooms are also provided. The restaurant and conference centre is well connected with the road to be accessible without staying at the hotel. The spa is separated from both the hotel and conference centre so to really be a place for privacy and relaxation, not disturbed by others. I placed it on the opposite hillside. To connect the two sides of the facility I placed a walking bridge in between. This bridge make a strong statement in the landscape and also provides a good viewing point of the village and valley.
View from the site.
I liked the natural materials of the nearby traditional housing. Rock and wood. Stone wall as support and wood panel and timber as structure. So I chose to implement this in my design.
The site is located south of the city with view over the river.
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CONCEPT Like the Miao village I wanted my facilities to climb the mountain and support itself. I imagine it to come from the valley and rise up to a more protected site, adapting to the landscape as well as to its own presence. Every part is optimizing itself for the best conditions possible. Finally, forming a new landscape on the site by its presence. To strengthen the idea of every part of the facility optimizing for its location I made it up by units. One unit is good as one hotel room. For larger or more complex requirements many units can merge and work together. On the outside appearing as many different, as the Miao village, but on the inside working as one.
BRIDGE The walking bridge is constructed by three arcs where the main arc is a framework that supports the path. The framework is covered by a wooden panel that also provides railing. This makes for a uniform appearance. The two supporting arcs pushes toward the centre of the main arc. Standing in the landscape it contradicts to the deep valley and thereby dramatizing the landscape.
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1. conference centre and restaurant 2. hotel 4. 3. viewpoint 2. 4. spa facility 3. 5. parking 1.
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site plan 1:1000
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hotell lobby floor 1 1:200
hotell lobby floor 2 1:200
hotell lobby section A-A 1:200
one hotel room.
hotell room view
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GUANGQI LU STREET MARKET SHANGHAI 窶オMPROVING SHANGHAI FOR THE ELDERLY SOCIETY COURSE YEAR EXAMINER TOOLS/METHODS TEAM
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Joint Design and Architecture
Fall 2013, 1st year of master
AIM WANG Bowei AutoCAD, Sketchup, Photoshop, Indesgin, Illustrator Reading, Interviews, Site visits, Photographs, Design toolbox Ellen Simonsson, XIE Yingjian
We were assigned to find a place in Shanghai to improve in the background of the problems with the aging society. We were first to identify problems to solve and then propose an urban design solution. To show that the street markets in the undeveloped parts of Shanghai has potential to be a lively place also in the developed city. Here could be place for sociable activities, space for meeting as well as shopping groceries. We also wanted to show that it can be safer and more organized without loosing the spontaneous atmosphere of today. We received very good comments at our final presentation. The critics liked our approach and scale. Personally I think that our actual proposal could have been more worked through. I also would liked to have looked closer into the cooperation between cars and pedestrians.
In this project we have looked into what kind of demands the growing elderly society will put on the urban spaces, and what can be done to improve the current situation. To narrow the project down we have chosen a focus area. Through our research we found that the street market is a suitable place to work with. Due to its long history and tradition and that it has continued throughout generations,
all people, young as old like it. This is a place to meet and socialise as well as do your daily grocery shopping. By doing interviews and finding information from previous research we found material to put together what we call a building kit. Focusing on one street in Xiaodongmen, we hope for this building kit to be easily applicable on other, similar situations. We also hope that it might help developers to communicate with citizens about how to develop their neighbourhoods. The street markets in Shanghai usually take place in small scale areas with walk-able streets. By choosing markets as our focus area we hope to show these areas future potential and inspire to keeping such areas in the city centre.
“I like to go the Old City Park, but it’s really far to walk for me, I’m 80 years old.”
“The market would be great if there where not so many cars.”
OLD TOWN FRENCH CONSSESSION er
Shanghais elderly population is increasing rapidly. Today more than 23 % is over 60 years old. In 2030 that number will be over 40 % of the population. This demographic change will most certainly have an impact on society and the urban life. Is Shanghai prepared for this change? Is the urban fabric suitable for the future activities that will want to take place?
“It’s convienient, but I would like some certain rules to make it more orginized.”
“It’s too dirty and too crowded. The government never takes care of it.”
“I wish to see more public spaces for old people to stay, I don’t like that the crowded market take up the whole street.”
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sources: - 上海老龄化高峰期预测及对策研究,科学发展2009年10期，王桂新 魏 星, 2009. - 上海老年人的心理状况及精神文化生活, 张卫东 董海涛 汤玲莉 方 琳, 2001.
- Daily shopping activity space of the elderly in shanghai city, Cao Lixiao, Chai Yanwei, 2006. Popular Place Around Elderly People In Their Free Time
I Centralised shopping area II Decentralise shopping area
III Periphery shopping area
3.0 Distance Away From Home
Community Public Space
POPULAR PLACES AMONG ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THEIR FREE TIME
PREDICTED AMOUNT OF PEOPLE OVER 60 YEARS OLD IN SHANGHAI
DISTANCE PEOPLE OVER 60 YEARS OLD GO FOR SHOPPING GROCERIES
The market place is popular but would be even better if connected with library and parks.
The growth is drastic and changes in the city residents behaviour will certainly change.
The diagram shows that most people don’t walk farther than 500 meters from their home.
Daily Activities Of Elderly People In Shanghai
exercise Guangqi Road
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Excercise(Dancing for female)
The elderly do many different activities. These should be considered in city planning. There is not enough space for these activities in the public areas today.
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festivities jul 6:00
DAILY ACTIVITIES OF ELDERLY PEOPLE IN SHANGHAI
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ELDERLY PEOPLE ACTIVITIES OVER THE YEAR
The activities that people do in the public space change over the year.
ELDERLY PEOPLE ACTIVITIES OVER THE DAY
Activities also depend on the time of day. Different things occur on different times.
OCCASION We worked with the word Occasion as a leading concept. We wanted to design for occasions which we understand as an activity that is time and place dependent. This can be the morning exercise, marketing or even a festival that doesnâ€™t appear as frequently. In short we want the future street to be an adaptable and flexible place.
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DESIGN METHOD OCCATIONS
TYPOLOGY STUDY ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES
Unsafety Traﬃc Situation Convenient Goods Transportation
Connecting to neighborhood
Trees with benches Social Pavilion Newspaper stand Green shelter
Place for the garbages
Section B Poor Building Condition Section C
Narrow and crowded good sense of street life
Assembly benches Improved section Tables and Chairs in entrances Special ground pattern
Parking space for scooters Safe area than the street Narrow Pedestrain way
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Hand trolley market
good place for entertainment activities
Greenery infront Ceiling over entrance Benches by entrance Community garden Lighting in the
In Between “Niches”
New Market Booth Rain water seeping paving Elaveted Zebra Crossing
Good open space
diﬃculty of Pollution control
BUILDING KIT Since we through our research came to the conclusion that the market street should be a complex space that is highly adaptable depending on the occasions taking place, we wanted some way to concretize our idea. The solution became a building kit. By creating many concrete ideas of how to improve the street with small adjustments and putting everything down on a card we found a way to combine all our ideas. One card could for example hold “newspaper stand” or “adjustable market booth”. Using the master plan, we placed the cards on a suitable site and got a flexible way to discuss the situation together. This way we could make small adjustments along the design process. We think that this building kit is applicable to many similar places that can be improved with the same ideas.
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OPERA HOUSE MONTREAL A NEW OPERA BUILDING FOR THE SCHOOL OF PERFORMANCE COURSE YEAR EXAMINER TOOLS TEAM
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Spring 2013, 3rd year of bachelor
Morten Lund Paper models, AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Matlab, CATT acoustics, Sketch Up Emil Adiels (architecture and engineering), Tania Kalafata (acoustics)
To create a new opera house for an opera school. The building should host rehearsal rooms, workshops and dressing rooms, but also lobby, restaurant and of course the auditorium. The auditorium was required to be usable for opera, concert, musical, performances and speeches. Acoustics as well as seating needed to be very flexible. To create a spectacular building that was at the same time pragmatic and functional. The visitors should have an unique experience in the Opera while the performers should get a very functional and convenient workspace. The project was contribution to a competition that we did not win. Our critique was mainly about the somewhat unclear presentation. It was thought that our concept of two bodies meeting did not really show which made the floor plans etc. difficult to understand. Also some of our detailing was not as worked trough as it could have been. I’m a little dissapointed about missing out in these area since I think our overall idea was great and our design made exiting interior and exterior spaces.
CONTEXT Montreal is a modern metropolis. Is has brave high rises and daring architecture like the sport arenas. It is also a cultural centre for Canada. Many great culture festivals take place during the year. We think that the city should have a spectacular project that becomes another mile pole for culture in the city centre. In the context of more focus on green buildings and sustainable development we also think that the project is an opportunity for the city to create public space for recreation in the otherwise dense downtown. The opera can be a counterpart to the close by business district.
The opera is placed in close distance from the metro and bus stations at Bell Centre and the Bonaventure Station. We propose that the city make this connection more accessible. By making a park that conncets the metro stations with the opera entrance the building will be integrated with the city. We believe that the opera could be the centre piece of a new green area in the middle of Montreal. We also believe this could connect the parks at Square Chaboillez and Place du Canada making a green vein in the city.
downtown highrise area
the site principal highway railway low rise family houses
green open areas close by bell centre arena shadowed side of the site residential area that needs to be respected The light red tinted buildings is the Bell centre and the Bonaventure Station with public transport connections.
With the above observations this corner would be best for an entrance. It is pointed toward the downtown area with view over nearby green areas and also as far away from the residential houses as possible.
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We started with the rooms for visitors, giving them suitable roof hight, floor area and connections.
The rooms are then covered in a shell that creates a contionious room that is more fun to experience.
The shell is striped up to let the sun in and make a lighter apperance.
For the workshops and rehersal rooms we added a new body, square and pragmatic in shape.
Finally the shapes are merged togehter, the square one being sliced by the free form.
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The lower parts are covered in hills to anchor the building to the ground.
N path for unloading
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ACOUSTICS In order to protect the auditorium and achieve the preferable background noise levels we use several materials and screens with suitable STC-values. The traffic noise is buffered by surrounding hills and trees before it reaches the building facade. The acceptable noise levels in the large lobby are relativity high, keeping the city still present both by visual transparency and by sound. The auditorium consists of a separated body with thick double walls to reduce the remaining noise. Rooms marked in red are noisy environments where we need to take care that they don’t interfere with the main hall. They are placed in the circumference and have suitable walls. A corridor provide communication and sound buffering.
INSULATION STRATEGY Air traffic 80 dBA
Lobby 40 dBA
STC 40 MER 80dBA
60 dBA Auditorium 15 dBA
Park 50 dBA
Cars 70 dBA
Main Storage 40 dBA
Main Stage 20 dBA
The concept for the internal wall is to combine absorption and scattering and at the same time create an interesting look. The wall consists of 20 % air bricks to increase the absorption. The bricks are placed irregularly to make a scattering surface and to avoid flutter echo on the parallel walls.
STC 52 STC 30 STC 30
MER 80 dBA
Important for out concept is to lighten up the large building and let light in. It it’s crucial to achieve water proofing in the window sealing. We have solved this with two metal lists that covers the attachment and protects the insulation.
BRICKS side 60 stage dBA 20 dBA
stage shop 80 dBA
main stage 20 dBA
side stage 60 20 dBA dBA
green room 40 dBA
The bricks used are recycled bricks . The rough beaten texture, large gaps with mortar that has big ballast and a convex shape will increase scattering even more. It will also be a good environmental choice and give character to the new house.
rehersal room 80 dBA
REHERSAL ROOM RESULTS Section 1:20
20 [mm] 100 1 150 150 20
The reverberation time of the rooms is 0.62 s in 1 kHz. This can be adjusted using curtains covering the mirror wall. Moreover a good speech transmission index of 0.75 is achieved. STRENGTH
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HIGH PRESSURE LAMINATE BOARD CAVITY MOISTURE BARRIER MINERAL WOOL FIBER-REINFORCED CONCRETE HIGH PRESSURE LAMINATE BOARD
The ceiling is covered with a pattern of triangular wooden panels, angled randomly, to achieve a good sound scattering. Above it the ceiling has a layer of absorption. This creates a strong architectural expression as well.
The window is of two double glass panels with thickness 5 and 10 mm. There is a gap of 100 mm with insulation on the sealing to avoid flaking transmission. This design makes for very good airborne sound insulation.
AUDITORIUM ADJUSTABLE CEILING
The ceiling is adjustable so that the room size can be adjusted.
HIGH PRESSURE LAMINATE BOARD WOODEN WOOL CONCRETE ROCK WOOL CONCRETE WOODEN WOOL WOOD PANEL
20 [mm] 25 150 150 150 25 30
The auditorium wall is a highly insulated with a double concrete shell with rock wool in between. The outer surface is covered with sinuous wooden panels that diffuse sound as well as let sound through the gaps to be absorbed in the wooden wool beneath.
DIFFERENT SET UPS OPERA For opera the pit is open and the ceiling is in its highest position to make good reverberation time.
The balconies are diffusive as the wall. We have taken special concern to make the scene visible from every seat by elevating the back seats.
We have chosen our RT values to create a balance between clarity and richness. The reverberation time for concert is the highest, as required, with 1.75 s at 1 kHz. The high RT in low frequencies gives warmth to the sound. For Opera mode the RT at 1 KHz is 1.5 s which is preferable for singing and music together. For speech is 1 s at 1 KHz which gives it good intelligibility.
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For speeches and lectures the pit is closed and the ceiling lowered. The proscenium curtains are covering the complete stage and tower.
Having made a 3D model for CATT Acoustics we have received good values for our opera. The clarity is in good levels and evenly distributed in the large parts of the seating. The strength of the sound is evenly distributed as well. We have achieved a good balance between singing and music with a little higher strength in singing than in music. We have a fair spaciousness with a lateral fraction of 24-42 %. The clarity for the concert setting is lower than for Opera which gives a better audibility for the music. As in the opera results the sound is evenly distributed the major part of the seating and the lateral fraction values is between 15-36 %. For speech mode the Speech Transmission Index is between 0.6-0.7 which is fair for this large room.
For concert the orchestra pit is raised to stage level. The Orchestra shell is covering the proscenium opening blocking the tower.
1000 500 2000 FREQUENCY [Hz]
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DESIGNING USING GRASSHOPPER MAKING THE SEATS
How to place 1200 seats in a computer model?
Start with making arcs on the seating area. From edge to mid to edge.
CREATING ROOF DIFFUSERS
Then translate one model of the seat to points Now rotate them in relation to scene. Create a Done. The seats all aim at the centre of the on the arcs vector between the seat midpoint an the scene scene and are placed at the floor with fixed midpoint to inherit the angle. space between them.
MAKING STRIPES ON A FREE FORM
Inspirational model for rehearsal room roof. How to control this design?
Start with a plane. Find points on that plane.
Translate the points randomly on the z-axis.
Connect the first with the second and the one to the right. Skip the last on every line. Make a surface between these points.
Shrink the surfaces to a desired shape depends on how much sound you want to be absorbed.
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First we created the form with space in mind.
Then evaluated the surface and found points on it.
With help of the points we could create curves on the surface in the direction we wanted.
Now all that was left was to extrude the curves in the normal direction and tangent direction to create stripes with volume.
There is a large backstage area making it possible to handle many sets at once.
A large air space beneath the seats provides a slow air inlet and completely noiseless ventilation.
A thin and high glass wall lets the outside Firstly visitors are met by a park making part become part of the lobby visually. the transition from urban space to opera as well as providing a nice place for the urban Entering the auditorium you walk through residents to hang out. a double concrete shell, sound from the outside disappears and an separated world emerges. Alexander Gรถsta
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VISITOR CENTRE TROLLHÄTTAN STARTING POINT FOR EXPERIENCING THE OLD SLUICE AREA IN TROLLHÄTTAN COURSE YEAR EXAMINER TOOLS
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Architecture and optimized structures
The task was to design a visitor centre for the water transport lock area in Trollhättan. There are many other tourist destinations in the area that needs to be bound together to get a comprehensive visit.
To show the visitors the locks from a new perspective and give understanding of the tremendous forces of water. Also to create an interesting construction that would inspire curiosity.
Fall 2012, 3rd year
Paper and wire models, AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Photoshop, Indesgin, Illustrator
My keynotes were to keep it simple and get a modern look, something for people to remember. Looking back, maybe I kept it too simple. I think there should have been more indoor area. The decision to make it two floors to make it high and notable was probalby a bad one. A redesign would probably result in many single story buildings beneath one roof.
CONTEXT This project was situated in Trollhättan, old industry town north of Gothenburg in Sweden. The town is spread out along the Göta River, the most important cargo route in Sweden in the early 20th century. It is still an impoartant route for cargo, but looking at the Falkirk canal in Scotland, tourism will propably be much more important and the main money generator in the future. The tourist boat traffic as well as the cargo traffic in Trollhättan passes by a sluice area originating from 1844. I propose that the old sluices are renovated and opened for tourist traffic. Close to this heritage I propose the wanted visitor centre. Here can be a
nice place to stop for travellers from both land and water. The visitor centre should have parking and boat docks so that it will be the starting point for experiencing the area. Guides and information should be provided. The Centre also contains facilities for researchers that can work on site and help visitors experience the area more in full. After walking around the area you continue with the boat down the sluices and really get the same journey as in the 19th century.
arrival for vistors
master plan 1:5000
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CONCEPT My idea was to create small buildings collected under one roof. One building for one function but all connected beneath one roof. I wanted to be in the sluice. The building should provide a really unique experience not possible without it. Therefore I created a long stairs and ramp sustained within the old inactive sluice gap. To really be a node in the area the roof received the distinct design, contradicting the stone walls and iron bars of the sluice.
! The roof rests on pillars concealed from eyes on the ground to give it a levitating feeling.
The roof gets it form from the supporting buildings and the pull of gravity against them.
Dimensions is decided with account of human scale.
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Section B-B 1:500
A N site plan 1:500
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The frame of the roof consists of two separate grids of glulam that is connected by vertical bars. It makes a thin but strong construction.
The roof cover consists of white-tinted permeable sheets of Plexiglas. They let through a diffused light that is beautiful whether it’s cloudy or sunny outside. The foot-walk is suspended in thin wires to make as little impact on the sluice as possible and at the same time be dramatic.
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ROOF DETAIL 1:40
section D-D 1:200
section c-c 1:200
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ROW HOUSES FRÖLUNDA SUSTAINALBE FAMILY HOUSES IN GOTHENBURG COURSE YEAR EXAMINER
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Building and environment
To design row houses for families in Frölunda, Gothenburg. It was an requirement to construct energy efficient passive houses. We also needed to adapt to all the building regulations in Sweden as accessibility etc.
To design light, multifunctional houses that would fit different needs. Another goal was to create individual looking houses fit for the modern family.
Spring 2012, 2rd year of bachelor
AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator
Niklas Nordström, André Agi
The projects were made in groups of three. It was my first large group project. Working in group was stimulating. The result got much better than it would have been if I made it all on my own. Our result could have gotten a cleaner outside. I’m very satisfied with all the functions we manage to fit in the relatively small area of each house. The site plan is a little to spacious considering that we wanted to make inexpensive housing.
CONTEXT The southwest part of Gothenburg is called Frรถlunda. It is mainly dominated by relatively high residential houses from the 60s. Recently Gothenburg government has started a new residential development in a smaller scale. The idea is to create some diversity in the area and attract different families. A prized new low-energy housing project has been successfully established south of the greenery area Rudalen. The second phase of the project is in development. We were to make our proposal for the new site in form of row houses for families with focus on sustainable building.
Many fast transportation possibilities connect Tallbacken to the city core.
A large recreation area lies nearby for children to play.
TALLBACKEN FRรLUNDA TORG
Frรถlunda Torg is a shopping centre with 200 stores. This is the closest place to by groceries and other things.
The area is great for young families with children. We design houses that is attractive for such families.
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The classic town-house wing has dark middle parties and nice ends.
We opened a gap in the middle to let light into all the hoses and create airy spaces.
To create interesting external spaces we the skewed houses to the street.
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ROOFING FELT 2 TONGUED AND GROOVED BOARD 22 X 95 AIR GAP 50 LOOSE WOOL + WOOD BATONS 355 X 90 MOISTURE BARRIER 2 CONSTRUCTION PLYWOOD 9 MINERAL + WOOD BATONS 45 X 145 AIR GAP + WOOD BATTEN 50 X 45 PLASTERBOARD 13
WOOD PANEL HORIZONTAL BATTENS 28 X 70 VERTICAL BATTENS 28 X 70 WEATHER DISC, ROCKWOOL 80 + WOOD STUDS 28 X 80 WIND BREAKER 4 MINERAL WOOL + WOOD BATONS 45 X 170 MINERAL WOOL + WOOD BATONS 45 X 145 MOISTURE BARRIER 2 MINERAL WOOL + WOOD BATONS 45 X 145 WOOD PANEL 22
Heating of domestic hot water Energy for fans and pumps Heating of ventilated air Energy contributions (kWh) Transmission losses Air leakage
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Thermal bridges (W/mK) Insulation values (W/m2K)
section B-B- 1:200
section A-A - 1:200
floor 1 - 1:200
ground floor - 1:200 Alexander Gรถsta
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DESIGN WORKSHOP FROM COMPUTER 3D TO PAPER MODEL As a first assignment at Tongji University I were to build a passage of 9 meters hight and 9 meters with producing feelings of release and confinement. The final hand-in consisted of a 1:20 model. This requirement really put demands on a strategy for the model construction. Space needed to be created from matter and structure. I choose to take the opportunity to learn how to create a very computerised model and try to export it into a physical model. Using Rhino to create and desired form I used grasshopper to make it printable in a laser cutter and ready for assembly.
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My grasshopper script consisted of two parts. Firstly I needed to make my double curved form in 2D. Using the principle of triangulating I remodeled the original design into something that can be made up from for example steel panels. Then I needed my design to be put on a spreadsheet for printing. Using the script I relocated and rotated every triangle to one plane. I also made gluing edges for the assembly. My first script printed every triangle piece by piece. This was not very good for solidity of the model and hard to glue. Finally I made every side of the columns as one cut out, only bending the paper instead of cutting it where it was not needed.
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3RD PRIZE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION CONTEST In the beginning of my second year I participated in a contest for students. The task was to construct a bridge over the campus pond with a span of 13 meters with limited materials. It should hold all for all the 8 team participants walking over the bridge. We earned third prize for an innovative and fun design. The asymmetrical design needed to be compensated by a preloaded line at the bottom. It was very learning in therms at this time of my education.
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MATLAB FORM FINDING In the course Linear Algebra at Chalmers we did some workshops in MATLAB focused on graphics and visualisation. The end task was to define a multi-variable surface that could be a roof. The surface was triangulated into a triangular mesh grid. By using the partial derivative for the roof-function the grid could be relaxed into a forceoptimized form. It was fun to learn how to implement my math skills in my form finding process. Hopefully I can evolve this in the future.
z=(x.*(1-x).*(sin(4*pi*x)).*y.^(1.5).*(1-y).*14.*cos(2*pi*y)); The shape has undergone an iterative optimization function to make each bar optimal in relation to power paths.
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