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Lucas Wetzels


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Personal Data

Personal data name date of birth place of birth nationality address (temporary) contact

Lucas Hendrika Bernardus Wetzels, MSc, BSc, BA august 23rd, 1980 Heerlen, the Netherlands Dutch Heerlenersteenweg 25 6466 KR, Kerkrade, The Netherlands + 00 31 6 408 55 749 + 00 31 45 541 54 57

Ambition To participate in a contemporary architectural practice by engaging in an investigative open process that oscillates between a search for design solutions with minute attention to material and detail, and continuous reflection on both the design process as well as the cultural context in which architecture defines itself.






Hauser-ziblat , BUENOS AIRES




LEIDEN UNIVERSITY, the Netherlands



CURRICULUM Education 2005-2008 2006 2006 2006 1998-2005 2001-2003 2002 1992-1998

Leiden University, the Netherlands, faculty of philosophy BA in philosophy, thesis focussing on strategies of writing on the border between literature and philosophy. Leiden University, the Netherlands, faculty of comparative literature Mastercourse on literature & theory, focussing on the work of Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin. Delft School of Design, the Netherlands 5-day seminar ‘Ideals, Ideology, Intelligence: Design thinking in the age of intelligence’ by Michael Speaks. Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands Conference ‘The Projective Landscape‘, with K. Michael Hays, Stan Allen, Robert Somol, Ole W. Fischer e.a. Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, faculty of architecture MSc in Architecture, focussing on investigating open design methodology. Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, faculty of architecture Pre-graduation programme of the building technology department. Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile, faculty of architecture Exchange project on urban redevelopment strategies in Latin-American countries. Pre-university education Gymnasium Rolduc, Kerkrade, the Netherlands.

Professional experience 2010-present

Idioglossia, the Netherlands/Argentina Owner - freelance architectural design, documentation and visualisations.


Hauser-Ziblat, oficina de arquitectura, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Head of design: responsible for design and (executive) documentation of projects including private residences, apartment-buildings, public buildings, and furniture. - Project-leader for competions: including the extension of the MARQ-museum (2nd prize), the YPF-Headquarters (finalist), and the EcoCampus Amartya (2nd prize). - In-house render specialist


Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires Argentina Teacher of TIA 1, (integrated design course, 1st year) Estudio AFRA, Argentina Architect: TGLT-competion, Nordelta KuiperCompagnons, the Netherlands Freelance-architect and 3D artist: assisting vision and design of a masterplan for a dynamic floating city extension for the government of the Maldives. MIII Architects, the Netherlands Freelance-architect: definite design and visualisations for the Oosterland Building.

2011 2010 2010 2008-2010


Waterstudio.NL, the Netherlands - Project-architect: definite design of floating apartmentcomplex ‘ the Citadel’, design and execution of private residence ‘Lisdoddelaan’, amongst other residential projects. - In-house render specialist Waterstudio.NL, the Netherlands - Architect: sketch-, preliminary-, definite design, building permission phase of both individual dwellings and apartment buildings, masterplanning, visualisations. - Writer: formulating the company’s vision in text and images for lectures and use in publications, external communication with international media.

2005-2006 2003-2004 2000-2001

EMK-Lelystad, the Netherlands Architect: in-house architect for a contractor of floating houses, responsible for sketch-designs to execution phase of floating houses. Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, faculty of architecture Student Assistent for A. Pronk, department of building technology. Research into vacuum-injection molding for curved and complex freeform constructions. Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, faculty of architecture Student Assistent for prof. H. Cornelissen, department of theory. Design and visualisation for conceptual designs.

Competition & Awards MARQ - National Competition, 2nd prize 2013 2012 YPF heaquarters - private competition, headquarters, finalist EcoCampus Amartya - private competition, 2nd prize and honorable mention in the 2012 Argentinean National Prize 2011/2012 for Sustainable architecture and Urbanism Publications (selection) 2015 2013 2013 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2008 2004

Hauser-Ziblat - Revista Compendium #19, june 2015, pp. 60-65, ‘Edificio Conde’ Hauser-Ziblat - Revista de Arquitectura # 248, march 2013, pp. 66-69, 133. ‘Publication of selected projects from the ‘National Prize of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism’ Hauser-Ziblat - ARQ. Clarin, dec 2013, pp.15-16. ‘Publication of winning projects MARQ competition J. Olthuis, D. Keuning - ‘FLOAT, Building on Water to Combat Urban Congestion and Climate Change’, Frame Publishers. Waterstudio.NL - A10: New European Architecture, # 32,2010. ‘Update Waterdwellings’. Waterstudio.NL - Concept, #127, 2009, pp.132-133. ‘Floating Apartmentcomplex Citadel’. Waterstudio.NL - B1 Magazine, vol3., #23, 2009, pp.90-107. ‘Floating Architecture‘. Waterstudio.NL - Architectural Digest, oct 2009, pp.86-88. ‘Lujosa Residencia Flotante’. Waterstudio.NL - Architecture & Design, # 12, 2008. pp. 50-63. ‘Building Floating Constructions’. w L.H.B. Wetzels - Exhibition of graduation research ‘Folding the City’ at East66-Centre for Urban Culture, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Languages Dutch English Spanish German French

mother-tongue fluent fluent intermediate basic knowledge

Software CAD DTP Office

Autocad 2010, Revit, 3D Studio MAX 2016/Vray/Forest Pack Pro/Railclone, Maya 2014/Mental Ray, Unreal Engine Adobe CS6 - Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, After Effects/Premiere Microsoft Office 2010 - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project planner

Media/Music 2015-present 2012-2014 2009-2010 2003-2005 1998-2003

Writing and recording of the album ‘Prometheus Withdrawn’. Writing and recording of the album ‘The Solitary Tree’. The Labyrinthine Void’, book containing photography philosophically oriented travel-reports. Writing and recording of the album ‘A Hundred Year Ocean’. Writing and recording of the album ‘Far From...’.

1/PROJECTS 0 / personal info

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oosterland-Building design study for MIII architecten type: area: location: role: status:

office 5000m2 Oosterland, the Netherlands freelance architect for MIII Architects preliminary design completed 2013

Because of my experience in 3D-modelling as a design research tool and my strong affinity with complex and curved shapes, MIII-Architects asked me to do a design study for the office building of Oosterland contractors. Starting from an existing rectangular sketch design, rapid successive modelling of several design parameters allowed us to generate and research the desired shape to match the clients’ desire for a more extreme design, while keeping the curvature, and thus technical and constructional problems, to a minimum. The 3D model of the resulting sculptural shape was then exported to MIII Architect’s 2D drawing software while talks with the clients resulted in the decision to materialize the project in grey slate, a material used widely in the particular province of the Netherlands where the project is situated. Using shingles allowed for the relatively easy realization of the contemporary double curved surfaces with a traditional fabrication method-,and material.

hostel ‘AMerica del sur’ type: area: location:



Hostel extension 350m2 El Calafate, province of Santa Cruz, Argentina project leader, principal architect at Hauser Ziblat (sketch design to executive documentation) completed 2016

When the owners of this popular youth hostel asked us to design an extension to the hostel’s common areas, as well as incorporate a new tier of rooms, the primary challenge to resolve was the question of how to extend without impeding the impressive and memorable views both the common areas as well as most of the rooms currently enjoy. Taking advantage of the site’s slope, we decided to generate a terraced design, creating various levels, starting from the hostel’s current mezzanine, its main floor, and followed by the new dining area and living room and a semi-exterior terrace - a process driven by continuous analisis of the site’s views. The hostel’s quiet and contemplative environment is a quality carefully nurtured and guarded by the owners, challenging us to maintain this atmosphere in the larger scale of the extended hostel. In combination with the terraces, we proposed a design where the border between the existing building and the extension generates various steps, forming a extensive linear bench that incorporatesthe hostel’s book collection and a fireplace, and from which the impressive views and be enjoyed. In its exterior, the design faced the challenge of having to connect to an exisiting building with a typical local architecture, an existing layout that already included a floorplan which had a 45 degree angle in it, as well as obvious local conditions such as the unrelenting patagonian winds and the snow-loads.



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ministry of science and tecnology 45.000m2 Buenos Aires, Argentina architect at HauserZiblat (together with Estudio Parysow-Schargrodsky ) design and executive detailing / materialization of main,- and secondary auditorium and exposition hall 1st phase completed 2014 2nd phase completed 2016

With the construction of the second phase of the Ministry of Science well underway, I was approached to study previously unresolved executive details and finishes for some of the main spaces of the public museum-part of the building, including the main-, and secondary auditorium and the main exposition hall, as well as some changes to the already finished first phase of the building, due to changes in the clients demands. The process meant negotiating unresolved tecnical difficulties, combining requirements for the different installations, an already determined (and passed) turn-key budget, and

grand auditorium and hall 1/2

unrelenting pressure from the rapidly advancing construction site, with a reevaluation of the initial design intentions. Working in a project of this scale and complexity, where politics between the client (the national government), the contractor and the architecture firm is just as much part of the working conditionas as are the tecnical requirements, and limitations in time and money, forced me to grow another step in combining minute attention to small-scale detail and material with not loosing sight of the large-scale context of which these are part.

With the schematic definite design almost finished when I started working at the office, one of the first projects I worked on was the design,- detailing and executive docuementation for the Ravignani-residence. This was one of my first in-depth experiences with the Argentinean building process, where the architect designs and documents all detailing and finishes of a project, and personally manages the tender of individual subcontractors. Working directly with carpinters and blacksmiths, as well as in continuous close relation with the engineer and the construction site which is always advancing, was a learning experience that introduced me to the more comprehensive role of the architect in Argentina: extreme liberty to design even the smallest detail, and matching responsibility to get it all realized as intended in a country where industrialized products are expensive and handcraft is still very much the norm.

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private residence 290m2 Buenos Aires, Argentina architect at Hauser Ziblat (executive documentation) completed, 2014

Render by Estudio Klotz-Minond

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apartment building 24.000m2 Buenos Aires, Argentina architect at HauserZiblat (associated studio for principal architects Mathias Klotz & Edgardo Minond. (definite design, executive documentation, design of public spaces, landscaping of public gardens. Interior design of amenities (together with Arq. Carolina Reich.) under construction

The principal design of the GreenHaus project, spanning almost three quarters of an entire building block, was done by the renowned Chilean architect Mathias Klotz and his Argentinean associate Edgardo Minond. As associate studio we were responsible for finalizing the design and producing the executive documentation. As an architect in the design team I was responsible for re-designing some of the projects exterior- and interior common areas such as the roof garden and the garden with the children’s playground, as well as the interior facades facing the central gallery, as well as being part of the design team producing executive documentation for the project. Together with interior-architect C. Reich I was also responsible for the interior design of the amenties, including the indoor pool, gym and sauna, a micro-cinema, and a multiple-use aula.

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apartment building 3.500m2 Buenos Aires, Argentina architect at HauserZiblat - associated studio for principal architects Matthias Klotz & Edgardo Minond (definite/executive documentation of public spaces) finished 2014


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apartment building 800m2 Buenos Aires, Argentina architect at Hauser Ziblat (design of facade and sculpture in entry hall) completed, 2014

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apartment building 1930m2 location: Buenos Aires, Argentina role: architect at Hauser Ziblat executive design and documentation status: completed, 2014 type: area:

TABLE T 1 type: area: location: role:


private project 0,7m2 design and construction finished

Aside from the various pieces of furniture I designed for clients when working at Hauser Ziblat Oficina de Arquitectura in Buenos Aires, upon my return to the Netherlands I started designing and making some furniture for my own new house. The series includes several wooden and concrete lamps, and most notably this table. These small projects were driven by an interest in parametric modeling and ensuring a smooth workflow between 3d - 2d - and fabrication

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ypf-tec Competition by invitation YPF Tecnology function: YPF-Tec Research Center area: 12.000m2 gross surface area, 5,0ha, terrain intervention location: La Plata, Argentina role: Project leader and principal architect at Hauser-Ziblat status: Finalists year: 2013 type:


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Render by MAQE

The competition for the YPF-Tec Research facility started with a detailed analysis of the large and complex programme of demands of about 12.000m2, including three basic departments of activities, each of which in turn consisting of both laboratories, offices and industrial plants for mock-ups of new production processes. Organizing this diverse programme and all its interrelations and specific conditions, such as the logistics of flammable gasses and soil samples up to 4 meters, within the parameters of a building that is at the same time compact yet light and modern and up to the best standard of working environments, proved to be a daunting task. Reducing initial organizational schemes to a basic geometry which was then sculpted with inner patios to define the different departments of research, allowed us to unify the programme within the powerfull and iconic shape that the company desired. Extensive studies resulted in the treatment of a perforated metal skin that allowed us to unify the various demands for both sunlight, solar protection, industrial into a single differentiated skin wich references the layers of soil and the rock material that forms the prime material of YPF’s core business of refining petrol products. As project leaders and principal architect, the competition proved interesting in transposing and translating certain formal interests and experiences in a contemporary european focuss in architecture, with specific Argentinean conditions, both of climatic as well as cultural and strategical nature.

Render by MAQE


Museum of Architecture and Design type: function: client: location: area: role:

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National Competition Extension to the Marq., Museum of Architecture and Design SCA (Central Society of Architects, Argentina) Buenos Aires, Argentina 200m2 Project leader, principal architect, visualizations at Hauser-Ziblat 2nd prize 2013



Render by J. Ramos

Though small in surface, we interpreted the competition for the extension of the MARQ, the Buenos Aires Museum of Architecture and Design, as an ideal exercise in working with, and expressing, certain basic themes and concerns that are fundamental to architecture. Given the context of the historical water-tower in which the existing museum is housed, it its small but nice garden and its location at a central part of town, pushed us to study and think about basic concerns of architecture, such as the relation to the existing and historic, the integration and use of green areas in a dense urban environment, flexibility of exhibition space which tends to be generic and unimposing, versus the specificity of it being particularly a museum of architecture, and in general an expression of the designer’s search for the abstract, the perfect and atemporal. In the end, the strong basic geometry of the triangle combined with a free floor plan in which not the walls but the ceiling provided definition of zones and identity to the building, allowed us to generate a strong iconic image towards the city while offering an extremely flexible floorplan on the inside. The volume, which can be completely closed at night, seeks to respectfully set itself apart from the existing building as an abstract white volume.

La matanza science center Public Competition Municipality of La Matanza function: Technology Campus and Incubation Center area: 6.500m2 gross surface area, 3,5ha, masterplan location: La Matanza, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina role: Project leader, principal architect, visualizations at Hauser-Ziblat status: year: 2014 type:


Render by A. Langer

‘How public should a campus be?’ - that was the main question driving the masterplan and design for this 3,5ha campus for medi-technology, bio-research and start-up incubations. A place where the bottom-up design ideology of ‘sharing spaces is sharing ideas’ clashed with the bottom-down government ideology of revamping a dilapitated and violent neighbourhood in the Buenos Aires suburbs by developing a public-private campus. The programme consisted of a main building containing public functions, research labs and admistrative areas, and several multi-purpose ‘incubational’ pavillions for starting businesses. The design process focussed on generating a spatial organization in both masterplan as well as between and within the different buildings that would allow for meeting and interacting with people from different companies or workgroups, while special attention to the secundary pavillions’ expanded metal-mesh facade aimed at balancing ‘openness’ with the necessary protection. Instead of closing of the whole campus, this allowed us in the end to generate a permeable border propsing public use of the campus.

‘reciba’ educational center children’s educational center for recycling area: 3,5ha masterplan 1500m2 educational center location: Buenos Aires, Argentina role: principal architect at Hauser Ziblat status: type:

render by J. Ramos

render by J. Ramos

render by J. Ramos

render by J. Ramos

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VISUALIZATI Just as working in 3d software is elemental in doing design research, knowledge of making renders is just as important in order to communicate ideas, either within the design team or to clients. In all the offices I worked previously, given their relatively small size, making (presentation-) renders was part of my task whenever either time or financial resources didn’t allow for us to work with external render artists. All images in this portfolio, unless mentioned otherwise, are produced by myself. In the cases where other credits are mentioned, I was directly responsible for the design, art-direction of the images, and the direction of the external render artist or team. I also do freelance visualization work, these pages show a some recent study,- and competition work.


ANIMATION Aside from still-image visualisation, I’ve recently been experimenting with animated visualisations, trying to achieve a more cinematographic look that gives more character than the ubiquitous ‘photoreal’ render style. Learning about video-compositing workflows, post-production and editing in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere are part of this learning process. These are some stills taken from an animation I’m currently working on.

Lucas Wetzels, MSc, BSc, BA (t) +31 6 408 55 749 (e) (e) (c) all rights reserved (2016)