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GEETHICA GUNARAJAH A Skydebanegade 38, 2 th, Copenhagen 1709, Denmark T +45 71520143 E geethica.gunarajah@gmail.com


THE PITSTOP Competition Entry 2016

BRISTOL HARBOURSIDE Cullinan Studio 2014

COURTYARD HOUSING Patel Taylor Architects 2012-2013

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ESCAPE ARCHITECTURE MA Thesis Project 2016

BETTER VALUE MA Semester Two Project 2015

SHIFT BLOCK BSc Short Project 2011

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THE PITSTOP Personal Competition Entry Collaboration: Joseph Giddings and Nielsine Otto Trans Siberian Railway, Russia & Mongolia September 2016 - Rewarded an honorable mention Following seven weeks travelling on the Trans Siberian railway network, summer 2016, I collaborated in entering an international competition by Bee Breeders for an iconic tourist centre that can be replicated along train route fitting in with it’s history and identity. Our proposal is a playful composition of a dynamic digital information wall, and a steelwork structure reminiscent of early railway construction. The visual language of transit spaces and the futuristic ambitions present in turn-of-thecentury thinking, from both the time when the railway was completed, and our current age. A provoking flank LED facade allows for information; ‘plugged in’ to the rear is a glazed cabin that echoes the mobile Siberian lakeside banya. This page Exploded axonometric; Rear view Opposite Short section, plan & front view

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BRISTOL HARBOURSIDE Cullinan Studio, London Bristol, U.K. Involvement Planning to Construction January to August 2014 For the majority of my time at Cullinan Studio, London I was part of a small team working on Building 4 of the Bristol Harbourside Masterplan, from Planning to Construction stages, and responsible for various construction drawing packages. 101 one to three bed apartments over 8, 300 sqm comprises the final building to the regeneration project funded by Crest Nicholson. Detail has been taken to the vigorous English bond of the brickwork, referencing the original Gasworks Engine House nearby. The process withstood various obstacles such as new flooding regulations during planning and tender stages, which the team constantly responded and re-tuned the design at an efficient pace. A well considered, both spatially and construction-wise, design was accomplished under pressed budget and time restraints. This page Brick detail drawing for construction; Photograph of building after completion Opposite Ground floor plan for First Fix package

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C O U R T YA R D H O U S I N G Patel Taylor, London Barking, East London, U.K. Involvement Feasibility to Construction August 2012 - October 2013 - Blueprint Awards 2015 - Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015 - Placemaking Awards 2015 Some of the first capital funded Local Authority elderly persons housing being built for a generation, setting a high benchmark for future affordable housing within the Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The first phase of the red brick housing scheme is set on two former industrial sites. Key elements distilled from the rich architecture of the Medieval Alms housing and applied with contemporary design. Single storey L-shaped houses with private courtyards surround and overlook a central communal green, creating a sense of community. Each individual unit has a personal human scale through use of a large bay window directly overlooking the communal grounds, which are joined to dramatic chimneys defining each dwelling. This page Exploded view of Three persons/Two bedroom typical bungalow; Isometric view of the Wood Lane site; photograph after completion by Peter Cook, rear view variation Opposite Photograph after completion by Peter Cook, chimney facade variation

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LONDON DOCK & WOOD WHARF Patel Taylor, London Wapping & Canary Wharf, London Design & Planning 2012 - 2013 During my time at Patel Taylor, I was part of the design and planning stages of two major new London developments, with clients St George and the Canary Wharf Group. London Dock is a residential led mixed-use scheme on a historic and iconic brownfield site. I was part of the masterplanning and landscape team in design development of the landscape and public realm strategy as well as calculating and retuning the massing and elevations of the multiple new buildings across the 6.1 hectare site. The design and pre-planning stages of the Wood Wharf scheme encompassed a vigorous pace of redesign and refining flat plans, GAs and elevation facade coordination. Patel Taylor’s five appointed buildings of the wider masterplan comprises of 122 new affordable apartments as well as private high-end housing overlooking a new large urban park. This page Proposed first floor plan for Wood Wharf F2 Opposite Artist impression of the new Admiral Wharf and Gauging Square of the London Dock masterplan

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ESCAPE ARCHITECTURE MA Architecture Diploma Thesis, KADK Higashimatsushima, Japan May 2016 The project seeks a means to alter perspectives within the relationship between self and the post-tsunami deserted landscape presented at Nobiru, Higashimatsushima - a former tourist destination with a view. The intervention takes opportunity in a site as well as an architecture of collapsed boundaries, and undefined territory. In this proposal, the site is no longer a landscape as passive backdrop but now active in fostering new engagements with its landscape. Dynamic and reactive, the proposition destabilizes the cultural legacy of landscape as framed image. Three typologies of mobile cabins are explored respectively to three varying surface conditions amplified along a gradient on the site – natural rock formations, barren soil and unsettled low-lying marshland. Tailored tectonics and cabin-ground relations prompt new measures of the site, through interdependence, fragility and traces; a continuously preparative dwelling-landscape. This page Photo study of new embankment hindering views from and to former hotel; Site plan framing what can be seen from the former panoramic hotel

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[CABIN 1] A cabin that splits into two parts, challenging the unity of dwelling as well as altering the perception of space, territory and views in and through the cabin-landscape. The aluminum undercarriage elevates the floor level of the waxed timber constructed cabin, exaggerating an ungrounded and permeable feeling; a design influenced by children and wasteland constructions, curious and uneasy, as well as vintage gypsy wagons. Various other parts of the cabin open and disperse, altering the weight distribution. This calls for the occupant(s) to counterbalance and stabilize their own environment, inducing a relation between occupant-cabin-landscape, each subjective to one another. Opposite page Thesis programme, concertina booklet This page 1:50 model - Splitting the cabin, a survivalist response; 1:50 model - Undercarriage in-situ Next page Multi-compositional drawing of various perspectives through the split cabin

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[CABIN 2] The rock cabin provides a entirely new reading or perspective of the site, now dealing with the vertical plane, suspended with a winch system on the cliff faces of the various rock formations at Nobiru. Two contrasting aspects are provided; a panoramic landscape and an intimate relation to the rock face. The language of the form and mechanisms are designed towards a tailored engineering of suspending weight vertically, deriving from elements in both high-rise window cleaning and stage lighting rigs; winches, hoists, anchors and brackets. The basic idea of train construction with a hinged under carriage has been adapted but on a vertical plane. A lightweight aluminum C-frame is hung from an wheel-buffering undercarriage which holds a curved laminated bent plywood unit. The cabin consists of four units; kitchen, living, sleeping and wet room, to make the cabin more mobile but also more related to the curvature of the rock face. This page Elevation and plan drawing; Construction drawing of single unit; Section showing adjustable anchors Opposite page 1:25 prototype of single unit

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[CABIN 3] Situated on a much more volatile ground condition, the curving form of the mud boat’s underside caters for stability from both malleability of the mud land due to varying water levels as well as the weight distribution of dwellers on or inside the vessel; an act of balance. The wide and deep transparent fiberglass form is influenced by the idea of a beetle in the mud together with floral and bodily notions. The underside’s tread and the internal dwelling spaces are carved as part of the fiber glass piece. Stairs are folded from the shallow ribbed aluminum roof, creating an entrance at the nose of the boat. This choreographs climbing up and over and down into the boat, or into the mud, to exaggerate the depth, width and materiality of not only the mud boat but also the mud ground itself. This page Jacques Famery’s Kaleidoscope chair; Rear view; Internal view Opposite page 1:25 model

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B E T T E R VA LU E MA Architecture Semester Two, KADK Chittagong, Bangladesh May 2015

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- Exhibited at Transforming Perspectives of Development, Chittagong Arts Complex, Bangladesh, 2015 The Better Value Development initiative aims to intervene the machine-like manner of the densely erupting multi-story housing complex at Goshaildanga, Chittagong; implemented through an attempt to manipulate the logics to an inherent system, both materially and immaterially. The intervention materially proposes replacing the continuously disassembled and reassembled concrete frame brick infill structure with a load bearing core able to cantilever slabs. This construction now has complete lateral freedom allowing for more variable transfers and transformations, by also unveiling spaces and inhabitants to a new dialogue with their adjacencies; in hope of allowing for a higher degree of architectural agency, bringing values such as living quality and community ahead of the seemingly current dominance of capitalism. This page Mock poster for publicity; Photograph of exhibited work, Chittagong Opposite page Mock poster Next page Scenario plan drawing of neighbourhood amongst four building footprints & second plan of potential future construction and re appropriation

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G BETTER VALUE WWW.PROJECTGOSH.COM FUTURE CONSTRUCTIONS

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SHIFT BLOCK BSc Architecture Short Project, The Bartlett December 2011 - Invited to feature at TedX event, London, 2012 An object which works in multiple as a system; explored through a variety of scales and applications. Inspired by classical Japanese wood joinery, the object design uses four basic principles: pivot, interlock, slide and lock. Cast in jesmonite in a reusable, interlocking and thus bolt free formwork. This page Concept, hand drawing Opposite page Cast jesmonite modules & possibilities of assembling

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