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PORTFOLIO 2018 cas esbach


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PERSONAL INFORMATION Name: Casimir Esbach Home: Balthazar van de Polweg 616 Phone : +31640179932 Email: Nationality: Dutch Date of Birth: 10-09-1992 EDUCATION 2016/2018 2012/2016 2011/2012 2003/2011 2001/2003 1997/2001

MSc Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft BSc Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft Design Academy Eindhoven International Baccalaureate at International School of Prague Osaka International School American International School Cyprus

EXPERIENCE 2017 (6mo.)


2017 (2mo.)

Part time Internship at CIVIC PROJECTS in CHICAGO

2016 (6mo.)


worked on: Schematic Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration (see LOR for more information) worked on: Schematic Design,

worked on: Schematic Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration (see LOR for more information)

DESIGN SKILLS (further explained per project) Proficient Rhino Proficient Revit Proficient Adobe Photoshop Proficient Adobe Indesign Proficient Vectorworks Proficient Sketchup Proficient Autocad Basic Adobe Illustrator Basic Dreamweaver Basic Grashopper LANGUAGES Native Native Beginners Beginners

English Dutch Czech Spanish

//letter of recommendation BJARKE INGELS GROUP To whom it may concern, I write in full support of Casimir Esbach for his application to your firm. From February 2017 until August 2017, I have worked closely with Casimir as a Lead Designer, Project Manager and Partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Together, we have contributed to the concept phase of one of our largest scale and most complex projects, a confidential masterplan including several building designs. He was the driving force behind the programming of the buildings within the masterplan. With remarkable confidence, he developed very diverse and complex buildings and made sure the functional and programmatic aspects were not compromised while their form and appearance changed throughout the design process. At the same time he produced several working models and final presentation models. For the final presentation he also created several presentation renderings and diagrams. He also worked on a range of other projects in CD and CA where he demonstrated detail design knowledge and Revit skills. Casimir is an outstanding team member. He spreads a positive vibe and motivates others to excel. He is analytical, exhibiting an awareness of design intention. His insightfulness, dedication, and focus result in work that is highly refined in both in its major concept and supporting details. His work ethic, outspoken nature, respect for others and his genuine desire for teamwork make him a significant influence within each team. He has a truly contagious enthusiasm for design culture and a very collaborative spirit. Although Casimir will be greatly missed at BIG, I can only wish that he can pursue his design interests in an environment that challenges him to reach his full potential. Therefore, I enthusiastically recommend Casimir as a young, talented designer and architect to your firm. Martin Voelke partner Bjarke Ingels Group

//letter of recommendation DERKSEN|WINDT This letter shall serve as a positive letter of recommendation for Cas Esbach. In the period from August 2015 to February of 2016 Cas Esbach was an intern at our architecture firm derksen|windt architecten. During his internship he spent time building models, detailing buildings, researching, rendering, making final presentation, creating planning applications, designing homes and working on a competition. Over the months that Cas worked at derksen|windt architecten he showed to be a hard worker that quickly became a part of the team with good attributions. This meant that, after quickly learning our style and software, he was able to work on projects, research and planning applications independently with little input from us. He is skilled with 2D and 3D software and a quick learner in new programs. Finally, Cas is a nice person to be around and to have working at an office. His high spirits were a pleasure to have around the office and his social skills are well developed. I would recommend Cas Esbach as a part of any architectural team. Sincerely, Jeroen Derksen partner Derksen|Windt T: +316 42586644 P: Abraham Kuyperlaan 102-a 3038 PP Rotterdam

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//THE GATEWAY Team: Cas Esbach Date: July 2018 Duration: 1 year Renders: Rhino>Vray3>Photoshop Schemes: Rhino>Illustrator/Photoshop Details: Rhino

This project deals with the city of Genoa. Since its inception, Genoa has been a maritime city that has shrunk and grown relentlessly. The recent uncontrolled spurt has led to an accumulation of spatial conflicts resulting from overlapping frictions between unrelated programs spread across the complex terrain of Genoa. Due to the strong economic growth of the city these spaces have not been apparent, but as the steel industry ebbs away we start to see locations within the city where the accumulated friction has created opportunities.

dustry at the waterfront and a residential neighbourhood. By reacting to the retaining wall on this site I aim to bridge the gaps left by the conflicting spatial programs and initiate a resilient public space for the future. The architecture becomes a maritime research canter with public space woven throughout. This re-connects the locals, tourists, entrepreneurs, researchers, to the Genoese maritime roots and to a certain extent resolves the rupture in the urban fabric.

One such opportunity we find in the form of a large retaining wall stretched between the maritime in-

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axonometric view

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Once departed from the cruise ship the tourist traverses the city, tourist map in hand, looking for the fastest way to the beach.


Down through the “gateway� in a typically Genovese funicular the rock face creates a cool and comfortable climate as we pass by the busy workfloors.


Embarking on the newly made promenade we see how the architecture acts on and inside the retaining wall.

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After lunch we, the entrepeneur travel back to our open workspaces looking down on the public plinth filled with life.


We take the elevator deep down into the workplace to check on our newly designed boat. The sunlight dives deep into the building inviting even the locals to come take a look.


Here we test our boat and watch the cars pass by on the sopraelevata. Heavy beams span the full space opening it up to the larger programmes and letting light pass through the undulating facade.

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//FORM FOLLOWS PROFIT Team: Cas Esbach Date: September 2016 Duration: 8 weeks Renders: Rhino>Vray 3>Photoshop Schemes: Autocad>Illustrator

After spending two tumultuous months in the city of Chicago we have come to know a few of its faces. We watched the cubs win their first world series in 107 years, we marched with Chance the Rapper to the polls, and then marched again in protest of Trump. The, contemporary, involved, young and outspoken parts of Chicago made me fall in love with the city. However behind every positive story of growth, music, and community there seemed to be a second more sinister side. The side of money. Graft, greed and wealth seem to be the defining feature in every part of life in Chicago. With this in mind I formed the hypothesis “Form Fol-

lows Profit in Chicago� and spent my weeks in this new city trying to prove/ dispove it. To test my hypothesis in a semi-scientific way I placed boundaries (3km x 35km) to focus my field of research. The chosen strip of land starts slightly east of the loop and stretches all the way out to the suburbs. The strip was then re-mapped by category: politics, demographics, economics, future plans, infrastructure, density, zoning and history. The resulting maps were then compared and contrasted to find patterns and relations between them.

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

glenbard township school du page school elmhurst school provisio township school oak park - river forest city of chicago school

In the United States, public schools belong to school districts, which are governed by school boards. School districts are local governments with powers similar to that of a town

district 87 district 88 district 205 district 209 district 200 district 299

or a county including taxation and eminent domain. School districts in the Midwest and West tend to cross municipal boundaries and not adhere to city, township or county lines. In Chica-

(score: 7/10) (score: 5/10) (score: 9/10) (score: 3/10) (score: 9/10) (score: 5/10)

go we can see that the school districts seem to be defined by the richest echelons of society. They can donate to their schools increasing the quality whilst the quality of the schools in impov-

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erished areas are left behind and struggle to even get by.




4. AVERAGE INCOME BETWEEN $10.000 - $30.000


A popular research topic in the recent years has been the vast food deserts that cover Chicago. These are areas in the city where residents, usually poor and black, do not have access to

fresh foods. When comparing the maps we can clearly see that the lack of household income results in the lack of access to fresh food. This often results in poor-

er populations using gas stations and fast food restaurants and a source of food despite the lower quality and adverse health effects. The urban fabric of supermarket distribution

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adheres to the concept ‘Form Follows Profit’ with supermarkets not being accessible to the poorest households in Chicago.


* To limit the page number of this portfolio I only showed 2 research topics, however many other topics were also looked into. Using the mapping methood I was also able to show the correlation between form and profit for the topics of: parks, infrastructure and income. From this we can conclude that form follows profit. ** Religion was the only topic that did not clearly follow the rules of form follows profit. In chicago it seems that the only thing more important than money is god.

FUTURE Now that we can assume that to a certain extent the form of the social and urban fabric of Chicago follow the pull of profit what can we say about the future. What will Chicago look like as a city where the concept of ‘Form Follows Profit’ has been allowed to continue? Is it a good or bad thing? In reality it is neither. Form will follow profit in Chicago and result in huge patches of land becoming unusable. More and more money will be spent on fixing problems on the surface as seen when analyzing parks and infrastructure whilst the underlying problems will be allowed to continue to grow. At a certain point the travel time from a poorer area to fresh food will be so long that It will be impossible to live there. Everybody will have to move to the three historical cores leaving behind a desolate wasteland of broken roads. The new blocks will become

overdeveloped hyper villages where the wants and needs of the civilians are attended to. But even these new ideal utopias have fallen prey to profit. The light shafts that were initially designed into the buildings intended to create natural light will be filled with more hyper dwellings mega malls and gigantic schools. If we allow the greed of ‘Form Follows Profit’ to continue the city of Chicago will become a mega metropolitan area with enormous dead zones that are being kept dead purely by the growth of the city along the path that it has set out for itself. Even though the images that I propose may seem extreme and preposterous we can argue that this is already happening. Huge stretches of land in the city of Chicago are almost unlivable due to terrible schools, infrastructure, parks and access to food.

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//THE FIN Team: Cas Esbach Date: September 2016 Duration: 8 weeks Renders: Rhino>Revit>Photoshop Schemes: Rhino>Illustrator Details: Vectorworks

The Fin is a large housing project located on the edge of Feijenoord in the south of Rotterdam. What makes this project special is that the use of standard sizes which are then placed according to the buildings surroundings have resulted in an outspoken building.

Outside of the buildings connection to its surrounding the building uses lines of sight and focused demographics and target groups to create a strong heart within the building that emphasizes families and communities.

Through materialization and orientation the building aims to maximize human comfort, privacy, and community. As the building reflects the big city of Rotterdam in its faรงade it also embraces the its place within Feijenoord. The green roof gardens and terraces seem to hug its surroundings.

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The surrounding details show how the reflective faรงade meets the windows and create a flat surface. Also the interaction between the vertical faรงade columns and the reflective panels is clearly shown.



300mm concrete support 200mm kanaal plaat vloex vapour barrier 140mm pressure insulation rd 3,75 33mm pressure layer 10mm floor finish soil for plants filter fabric 140 mm pressure insulation moisture retention layer drainage layer root barrier 200mm concrete

small stones for water absorption




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outdoor stone tiles pressure layer with incline


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200mm concrete vapour barrier 140mm pressure insulation rd 3,75 with slope water barrier 15mm wood railings 15mm wooden terrace finish


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notched planks interior finish

wooden frame to hold up ridge metal profile to hold railing 200mm concrete vapour barrier 140mm rockwool rd 3,75 water barrier 55mm railings 15mm honeycomb board with brushed aluminium

soil for plants filter fabric 140 mm pressure insulation moisture retention layer drainage layer root barrier 200mm concrete

200mm concrete vapour barrier 140mm rockwool rd 3,75 water barrier 55mm railings 15mm honeycomb board with brushed aluminium metal profile to wooden beams

200mm concrete vapour barrier 140mm rockwool rd 3,75 water barrier 55mm railings 15mm honeycomb board with brushed aluminium




200mm concrete vapour barrier 140mm rockwool rd 3,75 water barrier 55mm railings 15mm honeycomb board with brushed aluminium


wooden beams

wooden frame coated with brushed aluminium metal profile to wooden beams

200mm concrete vapour barrier 140mm rockwool rd 3,75 water barrier 55mm railings 15mm honeycomb board with brushed aluminium


metal profile to hold railing


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200mm concrete vapour barrier 140mm rockwool rd 3,75 water barrier 55mm railings 15mm honeycomb board with brushed aluminium



wooden beams






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//PREFAB LIVING Team: Cas Esbach Date: September 2016 Duration: 8 weeks Renders: SketchUp>Photoshop Schemes: Sketchup>Illustrator Details: Vectorworks

This assignment was done with the intention of exploring lightweight prefabricated ways of building. As an added bonus we were tasked with solving the refugee crisis that the Netherlands is currently facing. I answered this problem by creating a simple to ship series of panels that can be prefabricated and easily built on site by hand. Upon arrival an adult would be given a set with 10 vertical panels and each child a set with 8 vertical panels. This in combination with the simple to build system would allow the refugees to build their own homes. We would not impose a way of living on the refugees.

Also because of the innovative screw foundations which can be installed by hand would allow the refugees to not only create their own dwelling type but also create their own city. Despite being a seemingly rigid and locked in system the use of simple connections and lightweight materials allows the refugee to design and build their own homes and cities. However one can wonder if they would want to build t heir own home after their long walk from a warzone.

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polycarbonate panels


structurally insulated panels

wooden beams finishes

foundation screws

1.screwing in foundation

2. place beams

3. fasten S.I.P. floor

4. add finishing edges

5. fasten wall underlayment

6. place facade panels

7. place connector beam

8. screw roof into place

9. add roof trims

SITE The refugees can build for themselves. To direct developement the hosts would construct service hubs that could provide other essential needs such as food, toilets and wifi. This would automatically clusters the developing mini-cities

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//HOUSE OF THE FUTURE Team: Cas Esbach, Anne Bodde Date: September 2016 Duration: 8 weeks Renders: Rhino> Cinema 4d>Photoshop Schemes: Illustrator Details: AutoCad

The positive home was a design for a future scenario. Both the scenario and the home design were created by me and a partner, Anne Bodde. All of the products except for the details were done by me The scenario that we created was a world in which oil had stopped playing an important role. Through the development of sustainable energy sources and the widespread use of electric cars locations like petrol stations have become useless. Also a new type of demographic has arisen, the “traveling suit”. He works in multiple locations and spends a lot of time traveling using his home as a central base.

Our design makes the most of the scenario by reusing the asphalt on which the petrol stations used to sit as a prime location for the “traveling suit.” The three main furniture pieces are placed inside the triangular house in such a way that the user disconnects from the car as he comes home and can fully relax. When leaving for work in the morning the connection is slowly rebuilt. The homes are clad with energy producing plants that also charge the car. The positive home is a charging station for the worker and the car alike.

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One can best see the way that the energy positive outer shell, high level of insulation and abnormal construction come together in the surrounding details.

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