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Benjamin Nicaud / Portfolio

A selection of architecture competitions, office’s work & study’s projects.



Benjamin Nicaud 01/11/1989 27 Years old Born in Besançon, France 0049 15737 85 81 09 bei Wack / Anzengruberstr. 6, 12 043 Berlin EDUCATION

2016-7 2014 2013 2010 2009 2008

HMO-NP at l’ENSAG Grenoble Second Year of Architecture Master degree/Diploma of architecture , ENSAG, Grenoble, France First year of architecture master degree, Czech technical university of Prague, Czech Republic 3 years university of degree in architecture, National school of architecture of Grenoble, France Faculty of Science, Besançon, France High school scientific diploma, Besançon, France


2015-6 2015 2015 2014-5 2012 2010 2010

clavienrossier architectes , Geneva, Switzerland (8 months) Renderings for landscape and architecture offices as a Freelance POLA Landschaftsarchitekten / Berlin, Germany (2 weeks) Studio Miessen / Berlin, Germany (6 months) POLA  Landschaftsarchitekten / Berlin, Germany (2 months) Balduini Architecte / Specialized in the Restoration of architecture heritage, Lons-Le-Saunier, France (1 month) Vinci/Campenon Bernard / worker training / Cité des arts et de La culture Kengo Kuma / Besançon, France


Language French (Mother tongue), English (C1), Italien (B1), German (A2.1) Software Vectorworks, Autocad, Archicad, Sketchup, Maxwell, Artlantis, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Premiere Music Violon, Guitar, Bass guitar, drum (participation in a few formations and symphonic orchestra) Sport Biking, Running Travelling Best way to open the mind PUBLICATION

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Book 24 Hours competition - the book + Berta Cuso Magazine Indoor/Outdoor, Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union + Berta Cuso & Paul Bourigan Internet


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Carrara Thermal Baths by ReThinking, Carrare, Italy + 3rd place Baltic Way Memorial, by Bee Breeders, Riga, Lithuania + Honorable mention Viewpoint in Pulpit rock, by Rethinking, Pulpit rock, Norway + Honorable mention A house for... by Opengap + Project selected GARS-NEPAL.TIBET Earthquake Emergency Reconstruction Competition, Nepal + 1st place «Planten un Blomen an Dag-Hammarskjöld-Platz» Hamburg, Freelance at POLA, Germany + 1st place 24H Competition 5th edition aspace inspace by Ideas Forwards + 3rd place Fondation Wilmotte Prix W 2014, Cultural center next to the tower of London, + Distinguished price IGA 2017, intern at POLA + Honorable mention Festival des architectures vives, Montpellier, France Little free library design competition Lamborghini road monument, by YAC, Bologna, Italy Hornachuelos Downtown Reactivation, by ReThinking, Hornachuelos, Spain Winterstation, Toronto, Canada Tri ân monument, Memorial for the Vietnamese war, Louisville, U.S Design Competition for a Gate to Jarfalla Public Park, Stockholm, Sweden Site gallery, by arkxsite, Mertola, Portugal Lighthouse sea hotel, by YAC, Syracusa, Italy Sziget installation : art of freedom, Budapest, Hungary Hamburg hybrid housing competition, by ctrl-space, Hamburg, Germany Winter Stations Design Competition 2016, Toronto, Canada Nursury, Grône, Switzerland, employed at clavienrossier architectes Floating Structures on Tonle Sap Lake by Eleven-magazine , Cambodia FutureBuilt to host global idea competition in collaboration with 120 HOURS, Oslo, Norway 24 hours competition, 7th Edition, Moon, by Ideas Forwards Concordia lighthouse competition, by matterbetter, Isola Giglio, Italy 24H Competition 5th edition aspace inspace by Ideas Forwards Shabby Shabby Apartments by Raumlabor, Munich, Germany Fondation Beneteau, Houseboat Fondation Beneteau, «Un port de plaisance pour le XIXème siècle»,


2015 2016

Indoor/Outdoor, Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union Costa Concordia memorial + Berta Cuso & Paul Bourigan Eleven Cambodia The_exhibition, KPF Londres, England + Paul Bourigan & Joanna Orlowska

Costa Concordia lighthouse memorial Memorial & lighthouse for the costa Concordia, Italy

RDR Renovation Shop showcase renovation, Switzerland

LEY Church renovation, Switzerland

Lighthouse sea hotel Lighhouse renovation in artist Sudio, Italy

Barrandov Kollectiv’ Shop showcase renovation, Czech Republic

Site Gallery Museum, Portugal

Living memory / Honorable mention Memorial for the baltic way, Latvia

Planten un Blomen / Dag-Hammarskjöld-Platz Landscape competition, Germany / 1st place

Carrara thermal baths / 3rd place Thermal baths in Carrara, Italy

GARS-NEPAL-TIBET Emergency architecture, Nepal / 1st place

58°59’17.9»N 6°11’20.2»E / Honorable mention Viewpoint at Preikestolen, Norway

Tri ân monument Vietnamese war memorial, USA

A house for... Richard Long / Honorable mention House for an artist, France

Tower hill fondation / Distinguished price Museum, London, England

Costa Concordia lighthouse memorial Architecture idea competition organised by Matterbetter Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Paul Bourigan & Berta Cuso 2015

Project exposed in 2015 for a duration of two months at the exhibition : Indoor/Outdoor, Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union invitation from the artist Patricia Lippert from Luxembourg

There are wounds that never heal. And so, the act of remembering becomes the only possible and necessary care. A memorial is this eternal care for a wound that will never heal. The lighthouse turns the landscape into the scenography for the metaphysical encounter of past and present, and of the future to come. It talks not only about the memory of the Costa Concordia tragedy, but about the contingent condition of the human being in front of the nature. Facing the point where the tragedy started and taking the direction of the accidented cruiseship, the vertical stone monolith, elemental as the most ancient monuments, stands in the coast, between Earth, Sea and Sky. A symbolic scene of man’s solitude facing the mythological forces. The original fatal breach that the rocks did on the ship is now radically materialized in a break in the landscape. This becomes a full body experience through the path and the solid lighthouse, expressing the dangerousness of the land. The first impression of the visitor is that of entering a wound in the rock, penetrating the site and loosing any external reference, only to discover again, afer the vertical ascension inside the tower, the universal immensity of the sea and the sky. The narrowness and the dark that dominated the night of the catastrophe are reformulated to create a strong physical experience and remind the essentiality of the light. The functional obsoleteness of the lighthouse is transformed into a silent presence that stands in the coast line, erected with the stone removed from the breach, a timeless, permanent guard that watches out for those who live between earth and water, a sundial that marks the hours and that does not let us forget.

The project treats the lighthouse-memorial as a monumental threshold, a path that leads the visitor to a limial place: above the ground, under the sky, before the water, beyond time.

RDR Renovation Work done at the firm clavienrossier architectes Geneva, Switzerland, 2016

Shop showcase rennovation This renovation involved replacing the old glasses and only the interior metalwork in order to keep the beauty of the primary style from the oustide view

LEY Work done at the firm clavienrossier architectes Desacralized Church in Leytron transformed into artist studio Valais , Switzerland, 2016

Lighthouse sea hotel Architecture idea competition organised by YAC Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Nicolas Pabion Syracuse, Italy, 2015

The architectural bias of this project react to the power and the omnipresence of the landscape. Focus on the theme of creation, the project provides a diversity of atmospheres, a internal world set back from the rugged landscape. Thus, the lighthouse sea hotel proposes residences gathered around shared space, a temporary exhibition in the base of the lighthouse and a restaurant. each place of residence is composed of a bedroom and a creation space, light up by the patio. Insert between the existing buildings, the project manages to gather the different parts of the complexe into a coherent whole. The meandering geometrical shape of the architectural intervention allows the hotel to twist around the isolated ruin to creat a courtyard.

1 lighthouse acces 2 artist public exhibition space 3 hotel reception 4 restaurant 5 kitchen 6 toilet 7 commun kitchen 8 bedroom 9 own artist studio 10 bathroom 11 private courtyard 12 commun artist studio 13 commun artist rest space 14 private staff room



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Barrandov Kollectiv’ Second semester’s master 1 project done at CVUT University, Prague Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Pierre-Yves Guerin Praha, Czech Republic, 2013

The site is located in the south west of Prague. The owner of the field was the first president of czech republic Vaclav Havel. The first intervention on this site was the creation of a restaurant complex which was built in 1929 and closed down in 1994. This site is now abandoned. The task entrusted to us was the creation of an acces from the cliff to the river. A peotic dialog is unsaturated in between the nature and the disinvested pool. Infact, Spring and winter offer two opposit and different radical approch of the site. The main problem of this area is the noise producted by the train rail and the highway which are placed directly in a parallel way of the the site. The scale being to small to add an architecture enought important to attract enough people. The project consist in the creation of a new area in direct connection with the yvalta to create a connection with the river and escape from the noise. To give a new issue to this part of the city which is not used currently, a new identity is given to the site by an monumental approach. It’s allow a connection between the river to the old pool & also the old restaurant. It’s escape from the barrier created by the highway and the train rail.

Site Gallery Architecture idea competition organised by arkxsite Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Etienne Pellier Mertola, Portugal, 2016

At the heart of the Guadiana Valley, Mertola, medieval town is coveted of successive occupation of the Moors and Christians. In this context, its tower, historically designed as a point of access and supply to the city, and long ruined now, seems to belong to the site since immemorial time.The work of elements, erosion, almost transforms the building to a piece of nature. From then how to set up a site devoid of any building ? Our project takes bias of the time, it is part of the site as a block, like a tower, also doomed to suffer the stigma of the elements and to be deteriorated. Its massiveness refers to the rock. The tower is a reminder, an autonomous element, the identity reference to worship. A worship time is history in a sensitive patrimonial context. But the story is mostly about the interior. The south of the Iberian peninsula is marked by a mixture of Islamic architecture and Christian architecture. This mixture of cultures do eventually create its own architectural identity in the region. It is the confrontation of two very different arts, which come together in respect and harmony. This confrontation is a blend of sobriety and elegance, of massiveness and slenderness. Inside, by going up the floors, the light becomes more and more present and the spaces are dilated. They first echoes the Romanesque architecture with the presence of barrel vault and finally to Islamic architecture with a final level characterized by the presence of slender arch. Ascension space that mixes light and makes us progress through the story to the Alentejo marked the past millenniums.

Tower hill fondation Architecture idea competition organise by Willmote Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Guillaume Haton London, England, 2014

Distinguished price

Living memory Architecture idea competition organised by Bee breeders Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Victor trosset Rita, Latva, 2015

Honorable mention

The Baltic Way Memorial is a unique opportunity to celebrate life, with all its richness and diversity. And which other way to honor life than through life itself? In that sense, the memorial is composed of a spontaneous garden, which means a place where nature takes back its rights. In a context surrounded by cars, speed and noise, life comes back, to create an island of peace and beauty in the middle of the urban chaos. The site, a neglected urban land, a part of ‘third landscape’ (a notion developed by Gilles Clément, a french paysagist), is a portion of nature that needs to be respected. The spontaneous garden is a way to let nature do its job, and offer space and respect necessary to do it. Simply by preparing the soil, and avoiding to cover it, the site can quickly host spontaneous pionnier species, that would enrich the soil and recreate humus. Within few years, those first species would be replaced by a rich floral and herbaceous stratum, and then shrubs that will become large trees. This spontaneous and local diversity and richness of species can be seen as a metaphor of the diversity of people gathering during the Baltic Way

«I like the fallow because we find nothing which are relationship with death» Gilles Clément

Planten un Blomen / Dag-Hammarskjรถld-Platz Landscape competition Freelance at POLA landschaftsarchitekten Hamburg, Germany, 2015

1st place

Carrara thermal baths Architecture idea competition organised by Bee breeders Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Victor trosset & Romain Spagnoli Carrara, Italy, 2016

3rd place

The breathtaking landscape of the Carrara marble mines, shaped by the hand of human, has an incredible evocative power. Its still echoes from its industrialized past, where the man has dug ceaselessly to extract a noble material, shaping a landscape for eternity, leaving its ineffaceable trace in the territory. To invent a project with a humble position towards this man shaped land means face the power of what is already here. But the already here has such a strong power of wonderment, of memory, that no action could be powerful enough to enhance the intrinsic beauty of the site. The incredible landscape cannot be embraced, nor understood, by just standing in one single point, but walking, striding through the site, its marble cathedrals, its natural basins filled with runoff water This position guides the project to flirt with what makes essence of the site : the material. As a result, the project does not aim to admire the beauty of this landscape, but to immerse the visitor in the core of the material. Being radical : extract ourselves from the landscape to dive in the site, in its very own materiality, and face its monument power.

GARS-NEPAL-TIBET Earthquake Emergency reconstruction Architecture competition Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Paul Bourigan Nepal, 2015

1st place

We believe the construction of emergency schools in the areas of Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk and Nuwakot to be a primary concern in the rehabilitation of Nepal. Not onlyhave the earthquakes destroyed 90% of the school facilities but the mountainous landscape will make reconstruction very difficult. The project of an emergency school in the mountain area involves two main qualities: swiftness and sustainability. The core principle of our architectural proposal is rapid construction. The system is designed in such a way that it can be transported by helicopter to the site in the mountain. This project requires five transport cases. The difficult location and vehicle accessibility of the valleys have dictated the design of the system, resulting in the use of a minimal amount of externally sourced materials. The assemblage can adapt to segment of different natures: big bamboos, trunks, and remaining structural elements from collapsed buildings. As a result, one would see a criss-crossed bamboo frame which can support a variety of building skins. The outer shell of the building will progress from temporary tarpaulin to permanent mud walls.

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58°59’17.9»N 6°11’20.2»E Architecture idea competition organised by Rethinking Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Joanna Orlowska Preikestolen, Norway, 2015

Honorable mention

The relationship between man and nature is metaphorically a relationship between two different scales. Pulpit Rock is a place to see yourself in both those scales, experience extreme conditions of the landscape and face your fears. The new element on the site puts man in a new context, emphasizes the uncomfortable sensation, yet drawing man to go deeper into the cliff. The intervention consists of two elements: a restaurant present in the landscape since the beginning and a viewpoint that creates a certain surprise. The restaurant is located in the place of a missing part of the rock in order to integrate it with the scenery. The mirror glass facade creates an unexpected visual effect by reflecting the surroundings and hiding itself in the reflection. The viewpoint starts with surprising entrance followed by the stairs going down into the rock, leading to the breathtaking view. When the path goes through the rock, the walls are covered with a metal cladding. The view framed by steel structure is not disturbed. When the rock walls finish the frame changes into a glass balustrade. The stairs continue, the perspective gets wider and the fear grows. Each step is a new view and a new experience.

Tri ân monument, Vietnam war memorial Architecture competition organised Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Nicolas Pabion & Axel Burkhard Luisville, USA, 2016

Expressing recognition and thanksgiving, materializing human values, enhancing one’s sacrifices towards others. These emotions can’t be transcribed with matter, they are beyond what men can control and hold in their hands. However, it remains possible to suggest them, to celebrate them, to awaken the visitors’ subconscious and to lead them to a collective consciousness, to a collective memory dedicated to the people that sacri ce themselves for others. This reflexion justifies our intention to develop an introverted experience, detached from the arti cial aspect of the site, to stay focused on the memorial’s fonction and its relation toward the visitors, namely remembering those who gave their lives. One war, one history, one search for peace, one memory, the nobility and the fragility of these concepts has led us to generate a pure form, a single gesture, a curved line, natural and fragile, translating the values that it is transporting. The curvy shape is an omnipresent theme in the Park. It is furthermore allowing the monument to soflty integrate into the site. It is rooted in the slope and highlighting the transition between the two morphologies of the site, as if it had always been there. It folds, unfolds, thus suggesting this notion of in nity, like a timeless devotion to the human battle for peace. The spiral path leads through the various themes of the exhibition, intimately progressing down to reach the meditative heart of the project, enabling you to get simultaneously closer to earth and sky.

Marina Architecture idea competition organised by Willmote Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Victor trosset & Nicolas Pabion Valenciennes, France, 2014

By considering the island’s project as the major strength of the site, the idea is to preserve the wildness, and to make it accessible to the public. The marina take the form of a minimalistic linear intervention which structures the site and nautical flows without modifying the shape of the riverbanks. Its offers a new access to the water, alternating bleachers of stone and natural parts supplemented by a wooden dock. Located at a strategic point, an old mechanical room is converted into the harbor master’s office. At the entrance of the marina, it provides a great point of view over the ballet of ships.

A house for... Richard Long Architecture idea competition organised by Opengap Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Victor trosset Grenoble, France, 2015

Honorable mention

We offer to create him a house for Richard Long on top of the mountain overlooking Grenoble, in a unic landscape. The site, called reserve of Luitel (1262 meters high), located in the french Alps, is a preserved site where no one lives and where the communion with nature is unic. Richard Long’s art consists into using the framework and materials of nature for artistic purposes. He travels a lot, looking for suitable places to experiment with his art. Walking is the working tool of the artist ; it’s his way of thinking and creating material. The house meets the very special lifestyle of the artist by providing a transition between the large scale of his walks and the small scale of housing. Richard Long’s house is the starting and ending point of his journey across the territory : it is a central point, an anchor, a landmark for the artist. The project offers two distinct types of relationship to the landscape, depending on the state of mind of the character, but also on the weather or the time of the day. The components of the housing are reduced to the strict necessary, located in the underground core, organized around the fireplace. This central location is designed as a retreat for the artist, where he can extract himself from the landscape and enjoy the starry sky. The rest of the house is exploded in small poetical interventions with special relationship towards the landscape. Some baths, a workshop and a meditation alcove are linked to the focal point of the house. As these spaces are distanced from the central place, each of them offers a journey to the artist. As the components of the housing are scattered in the landscape, the house stimulate the creativity of the artist by getting him in close contact with nature. We can imagine that he decides to place this stone onto another, use these colorfull leaves, or get theses branches together... and finally invest a territory that goes way further than the walls of his house. The landscape is his house.

The worshop (22m2) The workshop is the space where the artist prepares his expeditions, maps his route, develops his pictures, thinks about his own explorations in art. Located in the heart of a rocky outcrop, in height, the access to the workshop is via a thin mineral band, sandwiched on either side by the cliff. This space gives the artist a certain confinement for reflection but also a view on the surrounding forest. This space accompanies the artist in his reflection.

The central space (140m2) The central space is the landmark of the project. Its unique positioning, in a clearing of the dense forest, strengthens the idea of centrality, but also stands back from the site. Built uderground, it induces a very close relationship the the sky, placing the artist in a cosmic dimension. This space allows the artist to retire from landscape so as to rediscover it every morning with a fresh look. The archetype of the house is here reduced to a minimum. It includes a living room, built around a central fireplace, a bathroom and a bedroom.

The meditation space (13m2) The meditation space fits with the lifestyle of the artist set to the sun’s path. Facing west with a large panorama on the surrounding hills, the building frames the sunset. Two stone walls lead the view on a restricted field of vision, accentuated by the filter timber roof.

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Portfolio Benjamin Nicaud