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PORTFOLIO CATHARINA ALIDE MEIER


PREFACE


I grew up and lived in countries with diverse cultures Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Germany, France, Brazil and the USA. My passion for architecture stems from a quest to understand the complex and changing relationships between the built environment and the people inhabiting it. I have been exposed to contrasting influences my entire life. I have seen people living in abundance, unconstrained and able to access their right to free movement of people. I have also been confronted with people who experience poverty, and who lack access to basic necessities like shelter, food, water, health care, or education. Many architectural projects consider its inhabitants from

a perspective of abundance. However, the realities that people in marginalized communities confront daily are also critically important. I therefore believe that successful design solutions in the areas of social housing, social facilities and basic infrastructure can only occur when architects embrace participative design processes. Architecture is not something that can be decided individually and autocratically. In order to induce lasting social change,decision-making processes should take place in an inclusive manner, so as to involve everyone living within the given community. For any kind of architecture project, my priority is to adapt the new design to both the site itself and to the needs of


its inhabitants. In this context, my final thesis project for the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin was both a great challenge and opportunity. I worked in an informal settlement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, called the Complexo do Alemão. My project had the support of a local architecture office, Atelier Metropolitano, headed by the architect Jorge Mário Jaureguí, and my supervisor, Till Gröner, project manager of Green Helmets. The aim of my thesis was to design a solution informed by the research I conducted within two months while working in the community. This demanded direct involvement with the residents and working with the local NGO Community in Action. I am convinced that constant communication and

the direct exchange of experiences between local communities, design and construction firms will always be an essential part of development projects. In total, I have worked over one and a half years in architecture offices and building sites. I was able to acquire substantial experience working as a student architect and freelancer in various environments, from urban planning to building design, in the following cities and offices: at Stephan Braunfels Architekten and at Spreeformat in Berlin, at Planungsbüro Männel in Bad Bentheim, and at n Architects in New York City. I lived in and traveled to many African and European countries, as

well as South and North America. I adapt quickly to unfamiliar environments and have a great interest in discovering new cultures. In the future, I want to keep my focus on the development of new designs, which tackle social issues, cultural diversity and sustainability. In my opinion, the success of social architecture should be defined by the impact the project has on the entire community. Worldwide inequality, humanitarian crises, and rural depopulation has led to severe housing problems in developing countries, and demands effective architectural solutions. I would like to aid such development through innovative projects.


RESUME


MEIER CATHARINA

Address: Schustehrusstrasse 29, 10585 Berlin Email: catharina.meier@free.fr Home: +49(0) 3093622788 Mobile: +49(0) 17627408902 Skype: cathrania Websites: https://twitter.com/archicath_86 www.pinterest.com/archicath_86 https://www.behance.net/CAMeier www. adventurefinalproject.tumblr.com https://www.instagram.com/archicath_86/ https://de.linkedin.com/in/catharinameier https://issuu.com/c.a.meier/docs/portfolio_catharina_meier


EDUCATION 2012 - 2015

Master of Science: Architecture Beuth-Hochschule für Technik – Berlin (GERMANY)

2008 - 2012

Bachelor of Arts: Architecture Beuth-Hochschule für Technik – Berlin (GERMANY)

2010 - 2011

Exchange with the “Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro” 5th Semester) (BRAZIL), Architecture and Urbanism Faculty

2007 - 2008

Bachelor of Arts in Aesthetics and Graphic Arts Université Panthéon Sorbonne – Paris (FRANCE)

2005 - 2007

French High school of Berlin “Französiches Gymnasium” French & German Higher Education Qualification: Abi-Bac

2000 - 2004

French High School “St-Exupéry” - Ouagadougou (BURKINA)

EXPERIENCE Febuary 2016 (actual)

Freelancer | «Aufmass+» | Berlin (GERMANY) - Building measurements and monument preservation; scheduling meetings and visits; and CAD drawings of apartments‘ floor plans

March 2014 (5 months)

Student architect | «n ARCHITECTS»| New York City (USA) - Development of current projects on AutoCAD, Rhino, as well as a variety of graphic software programs; involvement in physical modeling; competition entries; and brainstorming sessions about ongoing projects

July 2013 (5 months)

Student architect | «STEPHAN BRAUNFELS ARCHITEKTEN» | Berlin (GERMANY) - Physical modeling; CAD drawings; conception of photorealistic project images with Photoshop; and competition entries

May 2012 (3 months)

Student architect | «SPREEFORMAT» | Berlin (GERMANY) - 3D modeling, design work (interior design and furniture); schematic design; retouching of pictures; and layouts

October 2011 (1 month)

Intern and volunteer on a building site | N.G.O: «INTERNATIONALER BAUORDEN»(IBO), INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CAMP | Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (GERMANY) - Work on building sites, including the restoration of Castle Neu-Sammit‘s loft and its rehabilitation into two distinct apartments


May 2010 (2 months)

August 2008 (1 month)

Freelancer | «AGENCY MEDIARCHI» | Berlin (GERMANY) - Organization of a French-speaking guided tour in Berlin: social housing of the beginning of the 20th century and post-war architecture Intern and volunteer on a building site | N.G.O: «IBO»| Gutshof Medewege, Schwerin (GERMANY) - Work on family house extensions, including construction of facades and roof sealings

June 2008 (1 month)

Intern | «MALEREIBETRIEB ÖZDEMIR GmbH», PAINTING AND DECORATION COMPANY | Berlin (GERMANY) - Work at different places for sanitary and interior renovations, stairwell, buildings’ fronts, windows and doors‘ painting work

May 2008 (1.5 month)

Intern | «PLANUNGSBÜRO FÜR BAUWESEN MÄNNEL», PLANNING OFFICE FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING | Bad Bentheim (GERMANY) - Experience in running an architect‘s office and conception of interior plans

SKILLS Modeling Drafting Visualization Planning / execution planning Word processing

Revit 3D, Sketchup, Rhino (advanced), 3Ds Max (basics) and Cinema 4D (basics) Autocad (CAD), Allplan (2D), Photoshop, Illustrator, Windows Movie Maker MS-Project and ORCA AVA Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Explorer, Outlook

AWARDS Semester 2013-2014 Semester 2013 Semester 2011-2012 Semester 2009-2010

Second price for the best architecture project | BHT Berlin First price for the best architecture project | BHT Berlin Second Price of the “Baumeister” competion for architecture students and best Bachelor project | BHT Berlin Second Price for the best architecture project | BHT Berlin

SCHOLARSHIPS April 2013- September 2015 August 2010- December 2010

Scholarship of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service for studying at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


LANGUAGES

French (native) | German (native) English (fluent) | Portuguese (advanced) Spanish (beginner)

SOCIAL March 2016 (1 month)

«Architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel» – Berlin (GERMANY) - Contributed to architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel’s «Tiny House building workshop» in designing intimate spaces for refugees so as to provide them comfort in their temporary accommodations

February 2015 (2 months)

N.G.O «COMMUNITY IN ACTION» | Rio de Janeiro (BRASIL) Volunteer activities in an informal settlement „Complexo do Alemao“: Assisting teachers at a local preschool, day to day child care activities and support in a community garden

2012 - 2014 (2.5 years)

Membership in the student group «BAUTRIEB» for the organization of architecture lectures at the Beuth University of applied sciences in Berlin

Since October 2013 2010 - 2012 (3 years)

Member of the organization «Architekten über Grenzen» (“architects across borders”) Responsible for exchange students «BE MY BEUTH-BUDDY» Program

August 2007 (1 month)

N.G.O : «IJGD» | INTERNATIONAL WORKCAMPS | Neinstedt (GERMANY) Social work in a special school: organization of Olympic Games and various entertainment programs for the children

August 2006 (1 month)

N.G.O «IJGD» | Adorf (GERMANY) Working on environmental protection: preservation of green spaces for sheeps and preservation of an old mine

July 2003 (1 month)

N.G.O «IJGD» | Bourgbarré (FRANCE) Restoration of the walls of an old manor house

OTHER ACTIVITIES Job Sport Study trips Driving licence

Welcoming Hostess, product advisor and extra Handball, swimming, yoga and fitness Brazil, Germany, Italy, France and USA Category B (cars)


academic work visionary & educational

social housing

cultural

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HABITACAO

THE PEAK

community center in Rio

social housing in Rio

art gallery in Berlin


commercial & cultural

cultural & housing

commercial & housing

CAMA STUDIO

BE ONE

HIGH AND LOW RISE

film studio in Berlin

art gallery in Berlin

housing in Berlin

+ professional | social | creative work


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THE NEXT 29 COMMUNITY CENTER AND DAY CARE IN THE COMPLEXO DO ALEMAO - RIO DE JANEIRO. BRAZIL

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The favela Morro do Adeus is part of the favela complex do Alemao in the northern part of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The fifteen informal settlements forming the Complexo do Alemao emerged due to industrialization and massive migration during the XX century, which resulted in the current problematic housing situation. The high population density has created serious problems, including lack of access to social amenities and gang related violence. By 2010, a new Urban Development Plan, designed by architect Jorge Mario JaureguĂ­, was already partly executed and included many new buildings and improvements to the existing infrastructure. DESIGN and URBAN CONCEPT

A daycare center and a community garden are planned for the selected plot. The building is intended to serve as a “proof of concept� for similar designs in other informal settlements. It creates a space open to the public, offering many possible uses to the residents of the favela. The building is adapted to the complex topography and provides protection. Instead of separating both main functions - the daycare and the community garden from each other on the plot, the building was incorporated into the existing topography and utilizes the natural environment for both. It also provides space for additional functions that are needed by the community.


The new structure allows the inhabitants to change their perception of their own environment. For example, through accessible platforms and semienclosed courtyards in the design, a sense of community and privacy is achieved. The building is designed as a meeting place for the entire community, and is accessible for visitors from all parts of the city. The orientation of the building and its typology creates a new dynamism in the area. Familiar elements (stairs, ramps,

etc.) present in the neighborhood have been adapted to create the building form. The green roof serves as the primary connection and public space, giving the plot over 29 meters of height difference. The internal organization of the building follows an open space concept. Children can move freely through the building at any time. Some rooms, however, are kept closed and offer the options of rest or privacy. The daycare is located in the northern are-

as of the building, i.e. in the first three building „stations“, while the first aid center is located in the fourth “station”. The connection between the indoor and the outdoor space of the building is always guaranteed thanks to the perforated facade. This facade allows visual communication on every level of the building. The users of the building can also access the outdoor space on any of these levels. The community garden is located on the western side of the building.


design concept


Facade concept

The material and color of the building is purposely neutral. White concrete was used for the exterior walls. Permanent ventilation is guaranteed by all the small openings in the facade. The facade is created parametrically, which controls the number of closed surfaces and creates special transitions in its design. It is particularly thick (40cm), so as to prevent direct sunlight penetratation into the building. In addition, the plants in the facade ensure a pleasant micro-climate on the inside.

building functions


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HABITACAO JOAO HOUSING PROJECT IN THE FAVELA VILA DO JOAO - RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

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The favela Vila do Joao is part of the favela complex da Maré in the northern part of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Once located above a wetland, Complexo da Marè has seen expansion as a favela since the middle of XX century. Originally planned as a formal settlement by the state and built in 1982, it evolved into an informal settlement as

Design concept: extension possibilities

Project in numbers: Planned building‘s sites: 10 Planned buildings: 27 Cultural center: 3 buildings (Museum, workshop, classrooms for NGOs) 3 floor buildings such as the neighboring buildings Number of commercial spaces in the 1.floor: 89 Planned flats: 363 for around 1452 persons (for 4 people family) Size of the flats: 5,24m x 9,12m Square meter of the flat: 48m² Planned functions: Living, commercial, parking, park, cultural center and museum

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the increasing inhabitants extended existing buildings and created new levels. Vila do Joao is located at the edge of Avenida Brasil, the main road in Rio de Janeiro, not far from the city center. The favela lacks infrastructure and social services. Approximately 50,000m² large, the plot is currently used as a parking area for a

bus company. There is no clear urban organization in the favela complex, because the neighborhoods which extend to the north are often located behind immense storage spaces along the Avenida Brasil. There is no integration of these residential areas into their surroundings. Therefore, the goal of the new design

is to integrate the plot and to provide a transition between the main road and the plot. In the new residential area, the traffic is organized through a main road, which is 10m wide (3m sidewalk and 7m for cars), and smaller side streets that follow the visual relationships of the surroundings.

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The design allocates residential buildings with spacious courtyards. The courtyards provide semi-private spaces where the inhabitants can meet and communicate, rather than directly on the streets. Pedestrian paths leading from one building to another and the vertical and horizontal access to the buildings through these inner courtyards ensure the communication between residents. This way, both social and community life can be fostered.

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Raum 782.87 m²

Area comuna 43.02 m²

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floorplan: roof garden

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This design project is based on a state sponsored project called „minha casa, minha vida“, which aims to give access to affordable housing to its population in need. Therefore, the proposed housing has a maximum floor plan size of 40 m² (minimal housing). In return for the small apartments, spacious courtyards extend the living space to the outside. The apartments are mainly designed for larger families with members of all age groups. The functions in the buildings are spread over three levels. Commercial areas (shops, storage areas, etc.) and parking areas are located on the ground floor. The residential and common areas can be found on the upper floors, and finally, the roof can be used as a garden. The design concept offers the possibility for expansion in the future. In case the amount of 32


residents increases, the living space in the buildings can be extended. Otherwise, the current free areas will remain as communal spaces (see the pictogram). If necessary, the stairs can also be extended along the walkways of the buildings. In order to allow for flexibility, a concrete frame and masonry construction were selected. By reducing manual labor, the cost for building such structures is almost 40% lower compared to other construction methods. The walls of the living quarters in between the concrete frame are built out of masonry. The flat roofs are used as roof terraces or roof gardens and help improve the interior building climate. Due to the lack of public spaces and recreational facilities in the favela, the new courtyards will add to the quality of the area. Furthermore, the shortage of cultural services in the

northern part of the city will be countered by a new cultural center. The aim of the project is to create a socially equitable environment in which a continuous dialogue between its residents is enabled through common spaces. The project also envisions that the newly designed residential area contributes to the integration of the informal settlement within the favela complex.

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THE PEAK ART GALLERY BUILDING - BERLIN, GERMANY

team work

site plan


Urban context Prominent at the beginning of the crossroads, the new building gives the wide urban green corridor a new meaning. By means of its location it attracts many visitors, and additionally serves as a counterpart to the heterogeneous surrounding buildings.

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The plot is located in BerlinSchรถneberg at the intersection of Lietzenburgerstrasse and Martin Luther Strasse in a large and green innercity space. The southern lane of the Lietzenburgerstrasse has been rerouted to acquire a sufficiently large plot for a new art gallery.


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elevation

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Building form The building’s shape has three differing triangular shapes, stacked with various lateral orientations on the south and west sides. This allows a special terracing and causes a po-

werful visual effect due to the overhangs of the building. The building’s facade on the east side, however, is plain and closed.

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Interiors The art gallery provides space for exhibitions, and a cafĂŠ on the ground floor offers direct access to the exterior space. Furthermore, the space contains a bookshop, projection rooms, an auditorium, technical areas, storage areas, a restaurant and bar on one of the top floors which has excellent views of the western side of the city. The building extends over eight floors, including a basement. The two terraces and two large glazed facade sections extend the corner of the building. The simplistic choice of materials such as concrete walls and glass, as well as its form, makes the building stand out from its surroundings.

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CAMA STUDIO FILM STUDIO OFFICES IN BERLIN, GERMANY

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Urban context The new building design creates a new balance between the neighboring buildings along Kottbusser Damm in Berlin-Neukรถln. The new design provide larger backyards and a new open-door workshop space. This creates a natural communication hub for the users of the multifunctional building. Design concept The building shape is composed of bar-like structures. These were stacked horizontally and offset on top of each other. This creates many usable platforms on various levels. An important part of the concept is the continuation of the courtyards and a visual extension of the nearby park towards the building by means of vertical gardens. 44


The firewall located behind the new building is designed as a vertical garden and serves as a green zone for the cafe terrace, located on one of the rooftops. The large facade opening on the west side serves as an observation and ventilation shaft, and connects the courtyard with Kottbusser Damm, the main street along the building. The plasticity of the building shape is underlined by the long window structure. The building is organized with different levels and requires interior connections to support every aspect of film production. physical model


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Interior The building is divided into three parts. The first part on the north side is for residential and commercial uses, the film studio is located in the middle part and the third, southern part has a cinema, restaurants, a gallery, etc. The studios are located in the central part of the building in order to avoid light reflection and noise. In the upper section, there are some offices for third-party use. The communication core for users and visitors is the courtyard, which is accessible through the cafĂŠ. Bridges inside of the courtyard connect the two last parts of the building.

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BE ONE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE BUILDING - BERLIN, GERMANY

team work


Urban context The plot is located behind the walls of a quay along the river Spree, at the corner lot of Bevern StraĂ&#x;e in Berlin. The area is embedded in the popular district of FriedrichshainKreuzberg, which is famous for its bars and cultural offerings.

skyline and building height


Design concept: office space and housing A gallery for contemporary art on the ground floor of the building extends to a singlestory covered courtyard and a cafe with seats for about 60 guests. The building will have a total of eight studio apartments on the upper floors. The floor plans are aimed specifically to meet the needs of the creative scene; none of them is similar to any other. One of the flats, for example, is designed as a duplex, offering different degrees of intimacy.

building design concept

apartment design concept: MAISONETTE FLATS

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SCHLAFEN 9.90 m²

WC 3.50 m²

FLUCHTWEG TERRASSE 18.88 m²

LUFTBRÜCKE 9.05 m²

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ARBEITEN 18.93 m²

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SCHLAFEN 12.62 m²

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ARBEITEN 34.46 m²

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LUFTRAUM 14.50 m²

ARBEITEN 12.62 m²

SCHLAFEN 13.46 m² BAD 8.99 m²

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TREPPENRAUM 30.04 m²

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TERRASSE 18.60 m²

BAD 8.53 m²

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TERRASSE 19.04 m²

ANKLEIDE 4.37 m²

SCHLAFEN 34.74 m²

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Facades The façade design reflects both the height and the sandcolored natural stone fronts of the adjacent buildings. The window openings incorporate the geometry of the adjacent facades, but are also a new interpretation. A different scale was used so that the window openings can run over two floors. As such, the residents are afforded a sweeping view of the Spree and the Oberbaumbrücke (historical Berlin bridge). These large openings are further subdivided by horizontal and vertical elements of plywood in “Okoumé” red.

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HIGH RISE - LOW RISE HOUSING IN BERLIN, GERMANY

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The Low-rise version This project is an alternate vision for the same plot, developed in case that three of the tram tracks get removed from the road. The plot enlarges as the street narrows, allowing the building design to fully conform to the regulations of “Planwerk Innenstadt“, especially regarding the height limitations for new buildings in Berlin.

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The High-rise version This project is a housing project next to Hackescher Markt in the Grosse Präsidentenstraße in Berlin. The street along the plot incorporates a tram station and four tram lines.

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Kulturforum, Stephan Braunfels Architects, Berlin The project is located at the Kulturforum (cultural forum) in Berlin, between the New National Gallery, the Philharmonic Hall and the State Library and aims to revitalize this urban space. New buildings are designed to close existing gaps between buildings, to achieve more visual aesthetic and to attract other uses to the site. The aim is to create „urbanity“ and a dynamic atmosphere. Among the new uses there is a Museum of Modern Art, located on the roadside. This creates a new space between the New National Gallery and the existing church, delineating this urban area more clearly. In addition, hotels and office buildings are planned, with commercial space in the ground floor levels.


Guggenheim, n Architects, Helsinki As a contribution to the Guggenheim Competition in Helsinki in 2014, a building was designed to reflect the size and shape of the neighboring buildings’ blocks and courtyards. The new building is divided into different levels and has three spacious courtyards and

atriums in the interior, where larger exhibits such as statues can be accommodated. The sloping roof shape of the building adds a certain dynamic to the urban space and especially on the waterfront, attracting visitors’ curiosity.


Office Building, n Architects, Calgary The project of an office building in Calgary is located on the waterfront, in a rapidly developing commercial area. The building has a sloping roof and dynamic form adapted to the existing buildings. The shape of the building consists of stacked blocks, which by their arrangement, generate terraces that are accessible to the users on different levels. The wide property hosts many trees, and encourages lengthy respites overlooking the river. The users of the building on the ground floor have access to a public cafe and restaurant, while the upper floors are intended for office use. On the penthouse level, there is a panorama bar with a terrace.


Port revitalization, n Architects, Seattle The project contributes to the revitalization of Seattle’s old pier. The median between the road and the waterfront is complemented by green spaces and a new access way to the pier. In addition, kiosks are placed directly in the line of sight of the port extension roads. These new buildings stand out from the rest of the port facilities through their highly reflective facades, which reflects both the city and the water. The new port facility offers a good quality of stay and invites visitors to linger.


Yoga Loft, Spree format, Berlin The project includes the renovation of a loft in an historic building, converting it into a yoga studio with a kitchen, changing rooms, a shower and a bedroom. Different interior design options have been drafted so that an optimal solution can be selected.

The small size of the rooms presented a challenge to accommodate all of the client’s desired functions in the existing floorplan. The furniture has been custom designed to fit the room. The large central space of the studio allows for athletic activities in natural lighting conditions.


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Barn conversion, Gutshof Medewege The aim of the project was to convert an old barn into a twofamily house. The main work of the volunteers included the installation of a wood cladding that emphasizes the facade. The interior renovation of the building was already very advanced at the time of the project.

Castle reconstruction, Sammit

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Volunteers and builders renovated and converted of the attic floor of a XX century castle into two separate apartments. The roof has been newly insulated from the inside, and the roof structure has been refitted and secured, according to the new load conditions. The interior renovations include flooring, partitions, electricity, water connection and all finetuning measures.


“Anamorphose Box”, Berlin For the „Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften” (Long Night of the Sciences) event in Berlin, a box was built by architecture students of the Beuth-University of Applied Sciences. It reflects the principle of anamorphosis, where a distorted projection only appears normal from a particular point of view. The audience is invited to discover the box and its functions and to interact with each other.

Tiny House Building Workshop, Berlin Volunteers from different disciplines were brought to work together with refugees in this project. The workshop is located in a temporary accommodation for refugees and provides various private spaces built out of wood. In addition, a „1m²“ portable “tiny house” was built for a homeless person in Berlin and will serve as a prototype.


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PORTFOLIO | CATHARINA ALIDE MEIER

Portfolio Catharina Meier 2015-2016  
Portfolio Catharina Meier 2015-2016  

Architecture Portfolio including academic, professional, social and personal work.

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