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Portfolio Bénédicte Gourdon

Contents resume

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a selection of projects

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adlershofs türen

Doors’ detail for the "Adlershof Siedlung", Berlin city heritage

interior design

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CAMERA OBSCURA Design of a bookstore

temporary structure

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Design and construction of a viewpoint platform in the city centre of Nantes


p. 16 - 23

NOUVELLES Déambulations Conversion of a former jail into an hotel


Conversion of a silo into an art school

city planning

p. 24 - 29

L’îot longues vues

Planning a new district in Nantes


Urban design in a conurbation area, Berlin

final project

p.30 - 41


Projections for the establishment of a public transportation system on the existing railway in Yaoundé, Cameroon


Creation of a cultural centre in Yaoundé


Computer skills Autocad (***), Sketchup (***), Rhinocéros (*), Archicad (*), Revit (*) Maxwell (**), V-RAY (**), 3DS max (*) Photoshop (***), Indesign (***), Illustrator (***) Word (***), Excel (***)

+ Driver license

C.V Bénédicte Gourdon 27 rue Jean Mermoz 44230 Saint Sébastien sur Loire +337. Born the 19th June 1989

Interests Gymnastics (11 years experience as gymnast and referee) Literature and theater (10 years practice and board member of the Little Théâtre) Sociology et philosophy Cinema et photography Dancing, cycling and hiking Travel

Languages French : mother tongue English : TOEIC 2013 : 990/990 German : B2 level

Studies 3rd July 2013 // French Architect Diploma with honours (ADE) March - July 2013 // Final project in Yaoundé, Cameroon 2011 - 2013 // 2nd year of Master at the national school of architecture, Nantes (ensa nantes) 2010 - 2011 // 1st year of Master at the BEUTH Hochschule für Technik, Berlin 2010 - 2011 // Masterthesis in urban sociology « Different faces of cosmopolitanism in Berlin », a research on relationships between urban space and migration in Berlin 2007-2010 // Architecture Bachelor at the national school of architecture, Nantes (ensa nantes) June 2007 // French scientist Baccalauréat with distinction

Publications « Athènes - Berlin, regards croisés », an article written with Aurélie Girard and published in Lieux Communs, les cahiers du LAUA n°15, novembre 2012, pp 168-177

Internships and workshops 2012 - 2013 // Aotu architecture office ltd. in Shanghai (5 months) International competitions (market in Casablanca, art school in Guangzhou, activity centre in Sofia), project development (R - D centre in Shanghai), details (facade renovation) 2011 - 2012 // Workshop « Plateformes » for "Le Voyage à Nantes" (8 months) Design and construction of a temporary structure March 2011 // Urban planning office S.T.E.R.N in Berlin (1 month) Follow up of the renovation of the Märkisches Viertel and participation in the «Quartiersmanagement» of Hellersdorf Promenade Februar 2010 // Architecture office Bernard Cabanne in Perpignan (1 month) Building permit for a single house and design for social housing July - August 2009 // Regional office for architecture, MRA Pays de la Loire (2 months) Cultural mediation of architecture March - June 2010 // Construction department of Nantes (3 months) Monitoring and site control at community centre construction site

Jobs Summer 2013 // Postwoman, St Sébastien sur Loire (2 months) Summer 2012 // Cultural Mediator for Voyage à Nantes (2 months) Summer 2007 and summer 2011 // employee at Olivier Frère agricultural production, Nantes (2x 2months) 2008 - 2009 // Mathematics private tutor, Nantes (1 year) Summer 2008 // Telemarketer G&A Links, Nantes (1month)


Adlershofs Türen M1, S8, project « Bauen im Bestand », Berlin With Anna-Sophie Pradel The Berliner Senate for urban development asked our students’ team to realize the "Denkmalpflegeplan" of the Adlershof’s housing estate, in the south-east of the city. This document, hitherto non-existent, will be used for any transformations in the estate. Its goal is to highlight the architectural, urban and historical value of the estate as well as plan the necessary adjustments to facilitate its evolution to the present day. The work was set in two stages : a preliminary analysis, and then the architectural proposals. Our project, in a team of two, took the shape, in the first stage, of a reflection on the problematics of the heritage and its conservation, related to the Siedlungen, part of the ordinary heritage of a city. In the second stage, we focused on house doors. After a survey of an original door, we developed three proposals (two are here presented). If the original door is still standing but needs to be adapted due to the new environmental concerns, a doubling system will make it more efficient. If the original door has already been removed, there are two possibilities : the identical reconstruction in massive wood or a simplified version, also in wood but cheaper because it is fitted to the current construction’s techniques.

Picture of the original door

Elevation of the original door

Elevation of the simplified door


Original door

DEtail plan

Original door Detail section

Simplified door

Original door with a doubling system

Original door with a doubling system

Simplified door


Camera obscura M1, S7, interior design ÂŤ Innenraum Âť, Berlin With Anna-Sophie Pradel The request is to realize the interior design of a bookstore, giving it a corporate identity that could fit to three different volumes and stay recognizable. The bookstore is specialized in photography books. The concept is to make an exhibition from it: the book occupies the foreground, it is the main element of the room and its role as an artwork or an object of consumption is constantly questioned. The itinerary in the store is thought as a promenade going through different sequences of the exhibition, that induce different relations to the book. The construction of the space is made by simple forms, which enable the reading of the place. According to their presentation, the books put rhythm into this promenade. The only visible furniture is the reading stand, which invites the customer to settle down and read comfortably, and indicates whether the store is open or not : it folds back when the store is closed. The materials also express this simplicity : concrete, white plaster for the exhibit surface and wood for the reading stand.

Concept Books are presented as an artworks. We can only read the pages chosen by the bookseller. Camera obscura : turns the perception of the store upside down. No book is presented, but rather the exhibition of the photographic process. Books are arranged in columns; we can take them and leaf through them.

Circulation Exhibitions area Cash desk

Section AA’ C’

Section CC’ D




Section DD’ B’




Groundfloor plan 7m*14m

Section BB’

Section EE’


Bolduq Festival Voyage à Nantes 2012 With Marion Clémont, Pierre David, Vincent David, Romain Decroix, Marion Denis, Aurélie Girard, Louise Guérin et Pauline Philippe It all began in October 2011, when the "Voyage à Nantes", a local organization for tourism, offered to architecture students the opportunity to realize three platforms in the inner-city. These platforms were intended to give to pedestrians a new point of view of the city and create a surprise in the public spaces. They were intended to stand between the 15th June and the 19th August 2012. Three teams of about ten students are formed to carry out the design and the construction of these temporary structures. Starting in November 2011, this project came to an end in August 2012 with the taking down of the platform. « Bouffay, rue de l’Emery, un objet insolite a éclos. Suspendu au dessus du tumulte quotidien, ce mystérieux nid intrigue. Des rubans s’infiltrent, s’animent, s’entrelacent et se figent autour des arbres. Enchevêtré dans les branches, glissé entre les troncs, bolduq s’élève. Il nous invite à prendre de la hauteur, à regarder d’un nouvel œil le quartier. Il nous enveloppe et nous amène vers une pause contemplative »


Structure Model

First idea

Habillage contreplaqué - ép 3mm / largeur 400 mm


géométraux Tube acier - diamètre 50 mm

Anneaux structurels Tube acier - diamètre 50 mm Composition

Colliers d’accroche aux arbres

drawings 13

Bond location on the generating lines

Rhino 3D Model

Structural Rings

Bond location on structural rings

construction at school

construction on site


Nouvelles déambulations M1, S7, project « Bauen im Bestand », Berlin With Jan Wölke The aim of this project is the renovation and the conversion of a former womens jail into an hotel, in the district of Charlottenburg, Berlin. The main transformations of the building are made on two surfaces : a new roof in the inner courtyard and the north facade, currently a blank wall. The new roof enables two new spaces : an indoor space at the ground level, which will be used for restaurants and receptions; and an outdoor space at the first level, that creates a terrace for the hotel customers. It also changes the proportions of the courtyard by reducing the height and that way makes it more pleasant. As for the north facade, it is opened and can now interact with the green space as well as offering larger distribution. These two new surfaces are made of curved bands slid into the existing structure (between the windows of the courtyard, into the openings of the wall) : they break with the rigidity and the introversion of the existing. The inner structure is then modified to host the new function of the building : 3 or 4 cells are coupled to make a room, large spaces are cleared to create shared space, elevators are added, etc..






Groundfloor plan

Section AA’




1st Floor plan


Detail of the bands on the north facade

Section BB’


Detail of the glass junction between wall and new roof, innercourt 1 - Abdichtungsband 2 - Doppelstehfalz 3 - Titanzinkblech 4 - OSB Plätte 5 - Trapezblech M50 6 - Flachstahl 7 - Vierkantstahlprofil 8 - Ankerstab 9 - HEB Träger 120 10 - IPE Träger 220

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Titanzink Fassadenverkleidung Flachstahl Schoeck Isokorb C-Profil 150 Auflager Fundament Abdeckblech (geklebt) Wasserführende Schichte L Stahlprofil Abdichtungs Profil Verkleidungsblech



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The creative island Internship Aotu architecture office ltd., Shanghai International competition : 2nd prize With Hugues Leclercq and Grégoire Jobbé-Duval This project was a proposal for the “Revival of the silo” competition launched by Homemade dessert, an organization based in Hong Kong. The brief was to imagine the conversion of a silo, in Guangzhou, China, into a space dedicated to art. We decided to make an art school of it. The first idea is to strengthen the “island” characteristic of the silo, which is currently located in a swamp : we expanded the water stretch and traced what will now be a basin. To provide space and break with the introverted expression, several boxes emerge from the silo and evoke the new function of the silo. Metaphorically, they represent the concentration - that enables creation - of the creative minds inside the school and their breakaway to the outside world, once maturation is earned. These boxes host the various workshops and classes. They are linked by a continuous and irregular space : sometimes narrow it’s a corridor, sometimes wide, it becomes a lobby area, an exhibition space, a meeting point. A roof, which covers the ground floor, is accessible and offers an outside public space to this island - school. The simple and pure geometries provide wide neutral space, free to be used for any creative purpose.


1. Island characteristics


Section AA’

2. Concentration - Interaction - Release

3. Enclosed spaces / Binder space

1st Floor / + 5.00m

4x gardens


1x plaza


4. Simple geometry

5. Roof / outside public space

6. Revival of the silo




2nd Floor / + 10.00m B

Section BB’


L’îlot longues vues L2, S4, project « Habitat : sociabilité - intimité » With Marine Guignebert The aim of this project was to create a new district in the continuity of Trentemoult, an old fishermen’s area of Nantes. Issues and objectives defined are : - Highlight the quality of the landscape at the site, sequencing the organization of the district around different views. The north side faces the Loire River, it constitutes of high buildings, that are sufficiently separated to emphasize the access to the quay. A second sequence takes place between the Grève’s park (east) and a green walkway (west). This urban fabric is more dense and low. Finally, the last part is turned to the main axis and is mainly made up of offices. - Organize roads: a main street goes through the district to the Navibus (fluvial bus). From this main axe, secondary roads organize the west-east circulation, which serves buildings. The regulated speed, the narrowness of the roads and the materials give the priority to pedestrians rather than cars. - Promote sociability, while ensuring intimacy : the different kinds of housing are side by side and mixed with activities.

Green space Roads / Car park Collective housing Intermediate housing Single houses commercial and services Model - Masterplan view

Model - Perspective from the Loire River


Intercultural connection M1, S8 Urban design in a conurbation area, Berlin The aim of this project is the planning of a ground (about 40.000m²) in the district of NeukÜlln, in the south-east part of Berlin. The ground takes the form of a stripe between the Hermannstrasse and the Karl-Marx Strasse, two Radialen (cf. Radikal Radialen, Bodenschatz and Machleidt) : main axes connecting the city-centre to the suburbs and along which activities are concentrated. With the construction of a new airport BBI, the Karl-Marx Strasse is becoming a special axe, a main entrance to the city. The close surroundings of the ground can be qualified of Zwischenstadt, out of the city-centre, an inbetween, mainly based on housing and some essential services (schools, stores), that doe not enjoy defined public spaces. The main idea of this project is to think of the planning through a singular form : a Passage. Give the form of the movement, of the connection (between the 2 U-Bahn stations, between the 2 axes), but also to create a place, where we go from the district (a centre) and from the rest of the city (an attraction). A theme is given to the Passage : diversity. It aims to highlight the cosmopolitanism of the city by offering a space where the differences are seen, shared, accepted.

To City center

To Schoenefeld


A SHOWCASE for Berlin





A CENTER for the inhabitants A PEDESTRIAN




Reference : Crystal Palace, J. Paxton, 1851

Reference : Babylon Hanging Garden, M.Heemskerk

Integrate the existing urban fabric : the stripe between 2 stations / energy lines / programmes (grey = housing, dark purple = school, light purple = shops)


Longitudinal section

Cross section Hanging gardens Museum of cultures

(4 levels)

Central place

(Meeting rooms, Library and auditorium)


Aquarium (Groundfloor) Hotel (7 upper levels)

International food market Offices (2 levels) Housing (3 levels)

(2 levels)

3rd floor


Depuis les rails, Yaoundé M2, S2, PFE « Participation et contexte opérationnel » With Aurélie Girard Immersed for two months in the capital of Cameroon, Yaoundé, and more precisely within a local office for architecture and city planning (Augéa International), we have been able to observe the diverse mechanisms of urban fabric. Do-it-yourself solutions, informal districts, attempts to plan and politics’ dreams for the city : the metropolitan context of the South disturbs our European references. After a critical analysis of the different visions for Yaoundé 2020, we chose to work on an idea that was evoked but never broadened: the creation of a public transport system on the existing railway. Without any effective public transport, the city faces today major traffic problems, which make some infrastructure and districts hardly reachable. The railway crosses the city, from north to south, following its main valley (the city is built on 7 hills); it links some of the most precarious areas of Yaoundé to its city centre and for that reason is already favoured as a pedestrian traffic lane. Actually, when we take a look at the urban organization, we can note a recurrent situation, where the poorest districts are relegated in the bottom of the valley, deprived of secure access : the roads being located close to the crest. The rail - if highlighted as a public mode of transport - could reverse the negative image from the bottom and favour the mobility of everyone and thus the “right to the city” of anyone. But the interest of such a transport system is not only measured on mobility, it impacts other urban components; that’s what we try to show through three additional strategies including : housing, landscape and infrastructure.

ppl. per hectare slums 200-300

residential district 50-100 people per km²

0 people per km²

city centre

Urban structure inherited from the colonial era. Administrative and commercial function. Congested roads because of traffic and informal activities. A lot of unbuilt plots, few buildings, property speculation. Politicians’ wish : a new city centre, reflect of modernity, corporate image.

Heterogeneous building in scale and quality. Mainly residential, few shops and services along main roads. Incomplete road structure. Lot of wasteland. Politicians’ wish : make denser.

Former colonial suburbs. No roads 50m from the main axe, servicing by dirt road prone to bog down. Very few connector to water or electricity supply. Precarious ground-floor housing (light materials). Politicians’ wish : renovation or destruction

representative section of the urban morphology Organisation of building, vegetation and uses on topography

bottom of the valley


residential district


Identification of the railway : a green corridor and a favoured (pedestrian) traffic lane in the city


“Mobility� map, urban scale Intercity train project in the main valley of the city Bottom of the valley Green area (side of the hills, swamp) Precarious districts Successive area of the colonial city

enjoy the green! a proposal to make good use of the green space Public space, photomontage

Crossing footbridge

High plantations : Walkway eucalytus, raphia Lagoon : water treatment

Urban nursery

Public space





3 Part of the “housing� map, urban scale The intercity train changes the perception of the districts located in the bottom of the valley : the plots around the rails become key-space to plan a housing strategy at the scale of the city Build the urban wasteland Collective and intermediate housing, activities Support the evolution of precarious districts Plan the migration of the hazardous areas’ inhabitants, help to consolidate the houses, provide basic infrastructure Make denser the heterogeneous residential districts regulation of real estate, definition of rules, seizure and distribution of vacant plot to private promoter Divide into plots the unbuilt grounds (forecasting urban spread) integrate the existing urban agriculture

Housing strategy : examples 1 Support the evolution of a precarious district

existing buildings existing dirt roads

new asphalt roads pedestrian walkways dismantled buildings

public space infrastructure new buildings




urban agriculture

2 Plan the evolution of a liable-to-flooding distric

existing buildings existing dirt roads

new collectiv housing

new housing (on pile)

new asphalt roads Green space

3 Make an heterogeneous district denser

existing buildings existing roads existing dirt roads

plot to seize : for construction or roads building to dismantle new roads

maximum ground coverage of new buildings courtyards, private shared place


Culture collect(ive) Culture is this tool that « helps us to live and dream together », in Yaoundé though, capital of a country where more than 200 different ethnic groups coexist, places dedicated to culture are difficult to find : no cinema, no theatre, no city library and the French Institute as only dynamic institution. The land use plan for Yaoundé 2020, which depicts a massive input of Tertiary area and luxury housing, stands for an economic development, which seems to affect a very tiny part of the population. We choose to work on the theme of culture to propose other approaches to development, which could concern everyone and assume a federative role. The project of a Cameroonian cultural centre integrates the city in a scattered way thanks to the new urban train : rather than creating one building in one place, the cultural centre is distributed in 5 different units, in 5 different districts. Each of them is connected to the others by the railway and related to the nearby micro infrastructures. They answer to two objectives : collecting, promoting Cameroonian culture and offering the space to keep creating, developing it. In Etoa Meki, close to the public school, the “centre des palabres” is related to the culture of words, of languages : the country counts more than 248 of them and a cultural centre should fight against their extinction, as well as celebrate the rich universe of tales, poetry slams, debate or literature present in Cameroon.

Part of the “Infrastructures” map, urban scale


+ A pivot point > movement

+ Some separations > rhythm


An open form > accessibility

A building integrated into his environment’s dynamic (relation to the trees, the train, the new district)


offices meeting rooms

management arbres Ă palabres = public space

children library

Cameroon languages department

paper resources stories room workshop

digital resources paper resources study / reading classrooms culture collection

adult library lecture hall

digital resources paper resources study / reading

lobby Cafeteria

Programmation of the various spaces of the cultural centre : allow the use of different mediums : paper, digital and viva voce

Preserved wetland

Masterplan of the project


Area to urbanize

Urban train station


Front desk area

small openings / filtered light

indoor organization

Shelves, technical spaces... Indirect light / diffuse light

Reading and studying area

Large openings / View on outdoors / bright light

Circulation, spaces’ extension

Outdoor / bright light / solar protection

groundfloor plan

1st floor plan



section AA’

Buffer zone

reading and working area

Fragment model (childrens’ library and lecture hall) scale 1:100

section BB’



Public space, arbres Ă palabres

Public space, arbres Ă palabres

Lecture Hall

Technical space

Buffer zone


September 2013

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