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Jens Sylvest Architect
DRonningens tvaergade 41. apartment 1. Copenhagen, 1302, Denmark
EDUCATION MASTER OF ARTS IN ARCHITECTURE // From Aarhus School of Architecture Where I learned about: Cultural Heritage and Urban Design BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ARCHITECTURE // From Aarhus School of Architecture Where I learned about: Form, Context, City Planning, Architectural Design, Industrial Design and Deconstructivism CITY PLANNER COURSE // Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) Where I learned about: Law, Municipality and District Plans, Envirormental Screenings and Masterplans.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE CITY PLANNER // Rudersdal Minicipality 2019 Insight into modern urban development, taking into account both economy, law and local values.
• Preparation of development plans, local plans, environmental screening and citizen involvement. • The work and structure of a politically led organization.
ARCHITECT // Boffi 2017-2018 Award winning company. Winner of the 1995 Compasso d’Oro Award.
• Design and preparation of renovation and interior design solutions. • Customer guidance. • Establishment of 2D and 3D Library.
RECEPTIONIST AND FREELANCE ARCHITECT // Hotel Schæffergården 2015-2016 Old hunting castle owned by the Danish-Norwegian Cooperation Fund.
• Customer service. • Booking and accounting work • Bardesign and scale model of hotel.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ARCHITECT // XBO Arkitekter 2014 Provides advice on renovation of existing housing.
• Design and preparation of renovation solutions for properties for sale. • Assessment of economic framework and opportunities renovation.
ARCHITECT // Brink Brandenburg 2014 Small architectural firm.
• Architect competitions. • Visualizations, renderings and technical drawings.
INTERN ARCHITECT // SHJ Works 2014 Unique single business
• Participation in architectural competitions.
INTERN ARCHITECT // Schmidt Hammer Lassen 2012 The company is considered among the leading in Scandinavia
• Green Valley: Masterplan competition for former World Expo space in Shanghai. We won a first place. • Lund Science Village: Master Plan competition for Lund.
CHARITY and workshops Eat City Workshop A team and I created a temporary restaurant at a narrow alley bringing people to higher ground; letting people look upon quaint backyards. Bellastock Workshop A team and I created an urban landscape consisting of thousands of beer creates for curious citizens to explore . Digital Constructions Workshop A team and I created social housing prototypes in Southern Africa exploring how new technology can contribute. FairBar A team and I created posters for a cafe that supports local artists. CPHPeople A team and I created a photographic package for architects to use for visualization. The theme of the package was diversity. MakeAWishFoundation Granting wishes to children. I am a proud member.
dexterity and knowledge
Words of recommendation
“ I got an impression of Jens as a focused and ambitious student, who tries his hardest. He has the ability to think abstractly, while still paying attention to the small details in a project.
“ Jens possesses great knowledge of 3D visualization, including how they are made vibrant and personal.
I am pleased to give Jens my best recommendations. ”
As a person, Jens is confident and has open and smooth communication with customers and colleagues. Jens is engaged and shows great passion in his work. In addition, Jens is reflective and gladly shares his enthusiasm for design, architecture and other artistic areas. “
(Translated from danish)
(Translated from danish)
Boris Brorman Jensen Architect MAA, Associate Professor Ph.D.
Carsten Færgegaard CEO, Boffi Copenhagen
“ I have experienced Jens as a person with his own ideas and independent attitude towards the challenges he faces. Jens has an eye for details and talent for design. He is deeply passionated about modeling and visualization, and during our teamwork he has developed these interests very far.
“ Jens has shown himself to be a reliable employee and always ready to help, when necesary.
He has had good relations with his other students and teachers and shows the empathy to work intimately in teams.
The ability to immerse himself and an insistent search for solutions characterizes his way of working. “ (Translated from danish) Thomas Bøjstrup CEO, Park Architects
He is curious to learn new things. Jens often has different tasks at once is not afraid of learning by doing. Jens understands the needs of the costumers and is good at putting himself in their shoes. As an employee, his greatest strength, his flexibility. “ (Translated from danish) Gitte Marie Andreasen Front Desk Manager, Hotel Schæffergården
“ Jens has worked consistently and is well versed in the relevant software packages and model building. He is willing to take on new tasks and to work independently. I hereby give my recommendation of Jens Sylvest “ Rasmus Kierkegaard Head of Concept and Development, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Selected works from Architecture School
First semester Studio Form
Playing with paper I was a new student at the School of Architecture in Aarhus. This was my first assigment.
Our first assigment was to construct a model, using paper, that balances a black cube and glass sphere, at a small distance of a table. The rules were simple: The cube must be placed on the same level as the table. And the sphere must be placed below the table. The rest was up to the student. What did he or she wish to convey with this construction?
The poet Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said that: â€œ Music is liquid architecture. Architecture is frozen music â€? With this piece I wanted to use the illusion of movement to convey a song
Large scale scructure
Small scale scructure
First semester Studio Form
Point Line Surface Creating complexity
The second challenge was to create a structure based on the principle of points, lines and surfaces. A point marks a position in space. It has no size. A line is the connection between two points. It has lenght, but no width or height. A plane is the connection of lines that together form a surface. It is from these elements an architect can create a three-dimensional structure. By connecting points they become lines and by connecting lines they become planes. Assigment: 1. Construct a structure using points, lines and surfaces. 2. Once your structure is finished. Make drawings of your structure and add people to it. Experiment with the scale of the people to understand how your structures looks and feels in different sizes. With this piece I wanted to make a puzzle of lines and surfaces. Where placement of points, lines and surfaces are based on numerical sequences. No one has ever solved the puzzle.
Third semester Studio Architectural Design
By giving a typical brick house and a postmodernist twist something unique and personal is born.
Each student was given a plot of land to design a home for a family. The house was limited to 140 square meters and two stories in height. I wanted the house to have areas that were open, inviting in the scenery and sun, and other areas where one could seclude oneself. The open areas should make the most of the sun. By having big windows in the east one let’s the morning sun in, and by having windows covering most of the southern side one gets the most generous amount of sunshine. The warmth and glow from the sun has both an uplifting emotional effect and monetary savings for whoever lives there. By keeping the the windows in a height of two stories one invites a sun that is both high and low into the room. And with the room being more spacious, it gives whoever is inside a feeling of freedom. And lastly, it should be stated, that even the most beautiful painting cannot compete with a big window looking upon the sky. The ground level has a large kitchen dining area and living room. When coming home the kitchen should always be close. One is probably tired and has groceries that need to be put in the refrigator. By connecting the kicthen and dining area one creates a room that serves many purposes. This is the heart and living space of the house. Southside of the house
The second floor also has a large living area. This is meant to be the alternative. A room without an obvious function. It may be an office one year and a library the next. Unlike the other rooms it is up to the resident’s needs and creativity to create function to the room. The house is designed from the idea that great architecture comes from the fusion of our common understanding of “The Good Life” and something unique. What I have created feels like a ordinary brick villa that has an large window that breaks with expectations.
Drawing of the house’s livingroom
Drawing of the house’s livingroom Eastside of the house
Westside of the house
Nortside of the house
Drawing of the house’s livingroom
A void inbetween an industrial area and a city
Facades and illustrations that show the effect and power that dynamic and void can bring to an urban landscape.
Fourth semester Studio Form
In this semester I explored the effect of a void in relation monuments, small scale and large scale urban environments. Large scale in the void
Small scale in the void
Fifth semester Studio industrial Design
Creating a playscape that is a catalyst for conversations about the past and dreams of the future.
In this semester we were given a context to create a piece of industrial design for. Our context was an institution for children who have previously had trouble in primary school. The pupils had poor attendance, episodes of hostility and lack of concentration. When visiting the building, I saw that next to the classroom there is an atrium. It was empty and had a lot of potential. My goal quickly became to create a design would inspire the children. The design I came up with is a combination of a climbing castle and a world map: The creation of a world map has several functions. It makes the children talk about their memories of places they have been and places where they want to go. It - hopefully - makes them want to engage in the world. Besides a world map, Worldscape is also a climbing castle. The holes of the world map can be used to mount the organic structure and the shape of the playscape creates a both a mountain, to be climbed, and a cave where moments of social connection can happen. Wordscape is made with fiber-concrete with a thickness of 5 centimeters - this was the thinnest possible thickness. It has a height of 3 meters since this is the maximum fall height. I have also noted that if it is higher, it will limit the light from the classrooms.
The school within its context
Sixth semester - Bachelor Studio OPEN SCRIPT
Creating a new school of architecture We were given a location of an abandoned freight area to design a school of architecture. My concept was a building consisting of several concrete cubes that were connected by pillars. Inside the center of the building is a large wodden staircase, with smaller staircases connected. The idea of the building was to have a space that felt surprising and dynamic, yet would also feel structured.
Visualization of the buildingâ€™s inside
Early concept drawing of the school
Visualization of the buildingâ€™s inside
Ninth semester Studio URBAN DESIGN
A masterplan for an urban area in Aarhus
In this semester we given a location in the center of the city, where an old bus station could be converted into a new urban area. My idea was to create a dense area that related to its surroundings; connecting commercial with commercial, residential with residential and offices with offices. Isometric
Futhermore using the flow to create variation to the height and direction of the buildings. Thereby making a space that feels
The current conditions...
Yellow relates to the commercial and cultural part of the city. Red is in relation to residential. Blue is in relation to business...
Because there are so many pedestrians the scale of the project must adapt. Also pedestrians and should be able to use the area as a route...
Because the space is in the heart of Aarhus city center, it should be a dynamic place with a lot of functions...
Though still organized...
If we start by focusing on the yellow part. The cultural and commercial.
The lightrail is planed to cross here. And indoor station would be suitable for the citizens who wait in the danish cold weather.
Because there are many tourists here a Visit Aarhus and shops would fit nicely.
The building that is closest to the blue can have a larger height due to the scale increase. A hotel would work well here.
Because Aarhus Municipality wishes for a new architecture school, this would be a great location for it. Pedestrians can learn about architecture.
An architecture school needs studios. These can be placed above the buildings that are more suitable for the public - like the library.
And green roofs on top.
And an urban part in the center
An indoor urban park, that is warm during the Autumn and Winter.
The red part will be residential that is in scale with the context.
There will both be private and semi public green areas. And by lifting the level you can have indoor parking below.
The older building is worth preserving so it stays. The other buildings will be larger in scale..
As earlier there will be placed a park inbetween the buildings.
And at last the southern part will be connected with a bridge. Voila.
Selected works from my Career
Visualization as seen up above
Lund Science Village
Internship. A masterplan for an urban area in Aarhus Often you experience the city, created by man, is in sharp contrast to the nature. Nature is outside the city. And when nature is in the city is clearly defined as landscapes in the form of parks, small lakes and gardens. The main concept of this master plan is to mix nature and city.
Different building activities
Multifaceted urban spaces
Internship. A masterplan for an urban area in Aarhus
A central open space composed of greenery, water and a soft landscape runs through the middle of the site. It functions as the spine of the Green Valley. This open space splits the site equally into two, with two major buildings located on each side. The buildings have a large, connected structure, tightly choreographed to set a new scene for urban life. It will act as a guiding element in the development of the entire area.
The new Green Valley development, with offices, shops and restaurants, will become a new destination not only for the main users of the area but for people from Shanghai in general.
Restaurant Wohlert at dusk
Freelance. Visuals for a proposal to renovate a street in Gentofte
A new path to the old firestation
The changes are a new facade for Restaurant Wohlert, a pocket park, a new path to the old firestation and hotel apartments for longer stays. The idea behind the visuals is to have a relaxed, yet romantic style that shows the idea and vibe of the place.
Restaurant Wohlert with a renovated facade to the left and the new hotel appartments to the right
Freelance. Visuals for a proposal for an architectural competition
I made the visuals for a proposal for an architectural competition for a new headquaters for the Russian oil company Lukoil. We recieved third place, which is impressive since it was just a friend and I. With the visuals I wanted to convey that the envirorment can be harsh and that electricity protects and nurtures us.
Silkeborgvej 8, exterior
Housing renovations Freelance. Silkeborgvej 8 and Kildebakken 20 I was hired by Xbo Architects to make renovation proposals for the real estate company Home. The idea was to show the potential of a renovation with a small amount of funds.
Silkeborgvej 8, interior
Silkeborgvej 8 The house has undergone an interior and exterior renovation of facades and roof. The objectives of the concept is to provide building a more nordic and modern expression; a lightness and a warmtht. And to strengthen and highlight the houseâ€™s unique qualities.
Kildebakken 20 The house has undergone an exterior renovation of facades, roof and carport. The objectives of the concept is to provide the building with more harmony, lightness and warmth.. The white color strenghtens the material appearance and texture of the house. The concept has also created more vertical lines to create more harmony and lift houseâ€™s expression.
Housing renovations Freelance. Peder Oxes Vej 3
The house has undergone an interior and exterior renovation. Outside there is a new black tile roof and the bricks have been painted white. In the basement there has been made sliding doors covering the entire width of the room. A balcony on the gable and the existing windows facing the east has been extended. On the first floor there has been made a french balcony with two doors.
Photograph of the model
Placing the model in itâ€™s glass case
Freelance Scale model constructed for a old hunting castle
Photograph of the model from above
Schaeffergaarden is a hotel located in Gentofte. They wished for a scale model that would both show guests the grounds, yet also work aesthetically since the hotel prides itself with having art around every corner. I constructed the model out of several materials including foam, paper, wood, dried flowers and oil paint.
Photograph of the model in the early stages
Closeup photograph of the model
The real building
Closeup photograph of the model
Isometric render of home in Aarhus Ø
Render of kictchen
Proposal for a renovation in Aarhus Ø Boffi is an award wining italian company that produces exclusive interior designs. Their designs are minimal, yet have a monumental feeling to them. In my time within the company I produced several interiors and enjoyed how strong and gorgeous their materials felt. This proposal is for a kitchen in Aarhus Ø with painted surfaces and a quartz surface on the kitchen Island. The idea is a masculine, simple and harmonic kitchen.
Technical drawing of kicthen
Closeup detail of table top
Technical drawing of home in Islands Brygge
Photograph after construction
Proposal for a renovation in Islands Brygge, Polaris In Islands Brygge there is a new building called Polaris. In Polaris there is a two floor apartment. In that apartment there was a tiny inefficient kitchen with dull and cheap materials. Which was why the owner wanted a new kitchen that optimized their space and enriched quality with new materials. Photograph after construction
Proposal for a renovation in Island In Island I constructed a new kitchen. The kitchen islandâ€™s tabletop is in granite with painted fronts. The kitchen fits the home. Functional, minimal and timeless.
Selected works from Workshops and hobby
Eat City, Aarhus
Workshops I have always enjoyed participating in architectural workshops. Meeting people from around the world and taking part in experimental architecture.
Digital Constructions, Johannesburg
Drawing from early sketch to finished result
HobBy Ever since I was a kid I have enjoyed drawing people. There is something satisfying about starting with a blank piece of paper and then slowly a person grows from it. And not just a person, but a person with a personality. It may be someone kind. Ambitious. Greedy. Noble. Open-hearted. Spiritual. Athelitic... And it is the same thing that draws me to architecture. Starting with a blank space something is created. Something with a personality. Something new. Something that has not been experienced. Eventhough a building is designed to have a function (just like a humanâ€™s body), it is the personality and what emotions that comes from it that gives it a soul.
Girl experiencing a moment of catharsis.
Still life rendering
Game concept mockup
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