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FRANZ GREENWOOD - PORTFOLIO


SOFT ENCLAVE BERLIN JANUARY 2012 HOUSING / ARCHITECTURE THESIS PROJECT ADVISORS - B. JURGENHAKE, S. KAAL, Y. CUPERUS


At its most basic, the connection between public and private space is binary. The street is space at its most public, while the door to the home is a definitive barrier between the street and the private domain within. Six case studies were conducted on housing projects that attempt to combine aspects of public and private space. The nature of the spaces were often ambiguous, it was concluded, due to the application of hard and soft architectural elements that either hinder or encourage public access and occupation. These elements create a continuous gradient of diminishing public space from the street to the bedroom. The project takes as a given that the urban organization of modern cities is gradually becoming an experiential archipelago. Berlin is a prime example of this condition, with its array of highly distinct neighborhoods. New development in districts like Kreuzberg often attempt to create enclaves at the architectural scale, in order to reinforce hyper-local social cohesion, almost in spite of their surrounding communities. The intention of this project is to counteract, or soften, the insularity of the architectural enclave, reinforcing ties to the district and its urban and social qualities.


Soft architectural elements are applied to the courtyard circulation system. The interconnected yards are distanced, vertically and horizontally, from the busy main street, through the use of stairs, ramps and corridors. In doing so, the spaces they encompass become gradually less public. The privacy of spaces determine the layout of the dwellings, with the smaller individual units massed as an apartment block near the main street while the larger family oriented mainsonettes collect around quieter upper courtyards. To further reinforce the private nature of these freely accessible zones the dwellers are given direct access to them. Each dwelling is primarily accessed through a private outdoor space, however, each window can operate as a door out to the adjoining collective space. These recesses can be appropriated for various uses.


The dwelling is conceived of as an extension of the move from public to private. As in a typical detatched house the spaces are arranged according to their social nature, with the bedroom located at the most intimate point in the home. Despite this increase in privacy the windows facing the city reinforce a connection back to the public realm. The floor raises up as the dweller moves to the provate space, allowing the windows to be used as balconies. The windows are pushed to the very edge of the building, affording the dweller an unhindered view of the streets below. A 1

All dwellings have: - generic low-cost infill to accomodate changes - sustainable climate and water systems - outdoor yard space - operable windows and cross ventilation

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FOOD HALL REDUX AMSTERDAM JANUARY 2010 PUBLIC / ARCHITECTURE ACADEMIC ADVISOR - A. DE RIDDER


The goal, to develop planning, program and intervention for soon to be decommissioned food distribution center and wholesale market hall in Amsterdam- West.

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The approach, to convert the Food Hall into a community center for the surrounding neighborhoods. The building becomes a showcase for community events, a library, a theatre and market while also containing vital local services such as a community health clinic, day-care service and flex-work space.

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SEASONAL SHADING

(SUMMER) THERMOSIPHON WATER SYSTEM

GREEN ROOF AS THERMAL INSULATOR

COLLECTION

CONVECTION

PANEL

PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS WATER UTILITIES

COILS (COOLING)

HEAT PUMP

HEAT EXCHANGER

HEAT EXCHANGE

COILS (COOLING)

EXHAUST INTAKE

EXHAUST INTAKE

FORCED AIR VENTILATION +HEATING

HIGH-TEMP SEASONAL HEAT STORE

(WINTER)

COILS (HEATING)

HEAT PUMP

HEAT EXCHANGER

HEAT EXCHANGE

COILS (HEATING)

SUPPLEMENTARY GAS HEATING

SUPPLEMENTARY GAS HEATING

EXHAUST INTAKE

EXHAUST INTAKE HIGH-TEMP SEASONAL HEAT STORE

SEASONAL SHADING

(SUMMER) THERMOSIPHON WATER SYSTEM

GREEN ROOF AS THERMAL INSULATOR

COLLECTION

CONVECTION

PANEL

PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS WATER UTILITIES

COILS (COOLING) HEAT EXCHANGER

HEAT PUMP

HEAT EXCHANGE

COILS (COOLING)

EXHAUST INTAKE

EXHAUST INTAKE HIGH-TEMP SEASONAL HEAT STORE


NEW ROW HOUSE OTTAWA DECEMBER 2008 HOUSING / ARCHITECTURE ACADEMIC ADVISOR - J. COOK


The suburban landscape can be deconstructed into a topography and constituent parts of a surface (suburban) condition - interior spaces, roof, private yard, deck, driveway, pool. These parts are recombined to create landscape and dwelling within the urban context. The space typically used for driveways in suburban housing is converted into circulation. This ‘pedestrian driveway’ provides porosity both vertically and horizontally, leading from a busy urban streetscape to private space and the inner yard populated by garden plots and specimens of suburban lawn.


Within each block nature has been allowed to make infiltrations, sometimes defining programmatic space, sometimes becoming the focal point of a space. These moments provide some aspect of exterior private ‘ownership’ for all residents. Domestic components and topography are recombined to create focal points on the site , serving as places of withdrawal from the public street.


DINNER SERVED OTTAWA OCTOBER 2006 DESIGN-BUILD / ARCHITECTURE ACADEMIC ADVISOR - E. ARCHAMBAULT


‘Dinner Served’ is a 3 week long group design/build project. Its objective is to explore the ritual of dining through the realization of a 10 person banquet pavillion (1:1 scale) on the Rideau River. The pavilion introduces the guests to the natural surroundings. Circulation into the eating area is a dimly lit curving space where guests can linger and sip wine while waiting for the dinner to be laid out. The dinner, utensils and dishware are composed of simple, natural, components to emphasize the pavillion’s environs

Franz Greenwood - Architect  

Graduate architectural portfolio 2012. Go to www.cargocollective.com/greenwood for more content.

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