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Project’s kÜbberling & kaltwasser

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Dwell upon Suburbia

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Reinvigorate Life to a dying Island

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Marine Institute

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Student City for 500; A student revitalisation to Limerick City

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Limerick City Library; A new library for the new generation of Irish Inhabiting Infrastructure; Public baths Dwelling on the Docks; Contemporary living in the transforming city Community sports centre; Connecting physicality, emotion and community SuperRural; Dwellings within an operating landscape Models

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Sketching

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Furniture design and construction

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Berlin kĂśbberling & kaltwasser

I started to work with Martin Kaltwasser and Folke Kobberling at the beginning of 2013. What interested me about their studio is how they critique our current mode of living; our obsesion with consumerisum. A topic which I am interested in and explored in my final thesis. Their use of recycling is evident from the moment you walk into the studio. Doors for tables. Chairs, assembled from a mismatch of components. The studio, bursting from materials to be utilised for the next project

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We make models from recycled material a practice that flows into the finished work. Its a place of make-do, resources are limited so we have to invent and experiment with methods of creating. I learnt a lot in their studio. From how the world of art works, to working with ‘bits’ assembling them into the vision. I discovered that Berlin has materials to offer all-around, just look and you will find! My skills as a bricolage builder have evolved as a result. 3


My work with köbberling & kaltwasser involved various studio works, such as computer drawings and model making for proposals. At köbberling & kaltwasser I was commissioned for three main projects. The first project consisted of giving 90 old chairs destined to the skip a new life; transforming them into stools for the art market. My second project Here Comes the Rain again, a series of sculptures to stand in a new park in Bönen west Germany. I solely Ian MacDonald Portfolio

built these concrete models at a scale of 1:10. The casts were all made from recycled wood.These models were of Walter Gropius’ Bauhaus Masters house and a WeberHaus selected from their catalogue. This project was a critique of peoples ideals of house and garden. For the third project automanic, I was involved in the planning and building of a parkhaus as an ephemeral sculpture, which over the course of five days gets destroyed by a radio-controlled car. A critique on the cult status of the car. 4


Opening Page Houses on re-naturalized river Seseke Elements of Bauhaus masters haus Previous page Form work; Bauhaus Ian MacDonald Portfolio

masters haus Bauhaus masters haus on site Above Weberhaus form work Weberhaus on site

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Destruction of ParkHaus sculpture, Munich Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Photomontage’s of pedestrion proposal for Bergamot Station Arts Center, Los Angeles Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Thesis

Dwell upon Suburbia

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My thesis project explores the way we live today. In the Irish context the suburbs have been spreading out from the cities like a virus, each development clotted to the next as the life-line of the roads deteriorates and clogs.

talises and mass development returns. I am questioning our current individualistic mode of consumption, exploring the possibilities of bringing our social and living selves back into harmony within society.

Now that the pace of development has slowed, we have time to reflect and rethink our mode of living before our economy revi-

We need to live on this earth interdependently, so we can rely on our neighbours. Thus my aim is to create an 8


atmosphere that encourages a sense of community that will be passed on to the next generation.

existing materials to create new architecture, which will be the framework to support this ideaology.

I chose Milford Grange , a suburban estate of Limerick, to test my hypothesis. My project is a new form of living; recycling the Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Above and previous pages Project in suburban context Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Current suburban house condition Suburban house elements Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Perspective of the new life from above Abstraction of suburan living Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Year 4

Reinvigorate life to a dying island

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Imagine a place where you can get away from the realities of your world, a place where the pace is as slow as the wind eroding the rocks.

Watch the sunrise, the sunset, the tide come in, the tide go out. Ponder over the horizon of the Atlantic. Feel the crisp clean air of Inish mann.

This is the place. Located on the protected south wilderness lands of Inish maan. A cosy romantic hut where you can be together or alone. Lost among the maze of field’s, in harmony with the earth.

Stay for a week, stay for a month, even a year. All the elements that you need to live a peaceful existence are found here in one small place. 15


Previous Page Panorama of hut in the landscape Above Huts scattered amongst the maze of fields Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Bed Plan 1:20

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Living Plan 1:20

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Ground floor plan of hut Second floor plan of hut Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Section 1:20

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Section Perspective 1:10

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Year 4

A Marine Institute for the Irish West

A marine institute, where the Celtic Explorer can dock, to serve her needs when she breaks from her research expedition on the wild Atlantic. The institution is elevated; so the ground floor can serve the public, be a market place on the weekends and serve as an everyday place of shelter from the Atlantic rain belts that strike Galway. The new pedestrian bridge will connect

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the people of the oldest part of Galway the “Claddagh� - to the new docklands . The students can sit and debate looking out over their new realm - Galway harbour. They can take a moment from stressing over laboratory work to step outside and get the full belt of the Atlantic elements, refreshing their mind instantly. Or, take a walk through the city, a five minute stroll home to get away from the realities of their college work. 20


Previous page Sectional perspective Above Ground floor plan First floor plan Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Above Model Evolution series Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Year 3

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Welcome to ‘Connection’ Student City

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Support Noggin Floor Matt Heated Floor Matt Electric Matt Etfe Foil Roof Blind Roof Cap Bottom Wall Electric Wall Mid Wall Window

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Mid Wall Top Wall Window Top Wall Sun Shading Filler Outer Filler Inner Door Column Door Corner Cap

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‘Connection’ student city is a new type of living for the nomadic student. It is a place that is affordable, you pay for only the amount of space that you need.

This is a building that is constantly changing as the occupants change. It is part of a network of buildings, connecting people in cities throughout the world.

You build your new sleeping space and join the existing community of your fellow nomads. Get involved in the many cooking groups or create an event for others to join in the community space.

Build your room, stay here for a semester or more. You can travel the world and stay in connection student cities where ever you go. 24


Now you have selected your area and plan type, go to the store and pick out your parts. If you’re on your own do not be shy ask for help. Make sure to stack flat when moving wall units.

Examine the area you have chosen. Consider your orientation for passive heating and ventilation. Try to avoid windows on the north side. If you are putting a window in the south side use a handy sun louver. East and West are best for solar gain, try putting your windows there, and remember, consider your neighbours.

If you choose to be on the second or third floor do not worry no need to carry all the parts up the stairs, use the hoist located at the atriums. Attach the hooks to the handles.

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Now you are at your site, first attach your safety harness to the beam above. You can also attach the handy winch to help lifting those walls into place.

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Time to start building . First step, to put down the floor. Place on the centre of the I beam and turn the connection key

Now you have your floor down, time for the walls. Slide in the pins to the floor slot, turn the handles till you hear a click this is the floor lock locking, then turn till the next click this pushes out the rubber gasket to create the weather seal. Do this around the perimeter of the floor. If you want electricity, slot in the electronic wall at this stage. If you are having a room with a even number of walls you will need to insert the filler piece after two walls. . Do not forget to leave space for the door.

If the floor matt does not sit on the floor joist correctly, you can place this handy noggin to pick up the floor on the corners.

Now time for the middle section this slots into the bottom wall, turning the handles till they click twice. Once this level is complete do the same with the top level.

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Now put in your front door, just lock in the upright column and drop the door on its hinges.

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Get your convenient etfe roof blind, lock it in place by turning the lock keys. Then pull out the blind making sure that it slots into the roof slides. Plug it into your electronic wall.

Now all the walls are up, time to put up the roof. First lock on the roof caps. These are to be placed on the longest sides of your room.

Find the nearest electricity supply which is located at the service area. Pull the lead to your power point clipping it to the clips on the beams. Now watch your roof inflate, welcome to your new home.

Above and previous pages Instructional manual for student’s arrival Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Models

I believe that models are an indispensable tool in architecture. From quick sketch models to explore ideas, structure, space and light, to precise final models to convey your ideas to people.

With my scalpel and ruler as my main tool executed with the precision of a surgeon.

I have experience in making models from many different materials. From building with cardboard and timber to casting with concrete and plaster. Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Previous page Cast of suburban condition Clockwise from above Testing timber joint Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Sketching Ian MacDonald Portfolio

Sketching for me is an indispensable tool; I use it to analyze. Sketching allows you to gain a further understanding of how something is made and works. Sketching also acts as a memorising device; engraving a place, thing or piece of architecture into your mind. I use it to make an idea more coherent to myself and to work out problems. It also acts as a way to communicate an idea, to

explain an idea to somebody by talking through the sketch.

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Clockwise on previous page Plan and section of Fish market, Porto Lost souls of the Burren Elevation and section of a Ian MacDonald Portfolio

house in Cork Clockwise from above Gogenhim New York Hut in landscape Inish Mann Working out of concete

detail Main structure of house in Dublin Study of a chair in public space Porto 31


Furniture

Before pursuing my first passion, architecture, I followed my second: furniture making. This involved all aspects from the design of the piece to the making, which begins from the plank of timber.

important in the story of making as each other. These lessons and more have followed through into my architecture education.

I learnt the importance of the millimeter, how the small details are just as important as the large. Details; which are all as Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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Previous page Hall mirror Display shelf Clockwise from above Fire surround Ian MacDonald Portfolio

Swiss army shelf Cutting board Backgammon board

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Thank you for taking the time to see my work. Contact ianmacd82@gmail.com +49 151 5421 9449 +353 87 241 3866 Ian MacDonald Portfolio

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