KAROLINA OBUSZKO archiecture portfolio
“It’s important to think. It’s what separates us from lentils.”
The Fisher King, dir. Terry Gilliam
The projects enclosed in the portfolio aim to show my progress and development as an architecture student. Despite being conceived in different countries, under the supervision of different professors, it is still possible to extract the common values of the designs and the design process.
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»about me My approach to architecture is based, above all, on rationality and personal experience. It has been influenced by three different countries, where I’ve studied. From Poland I’ve learnt practical and functional thinking. In Spain, I was taught to put great care into designed details, whereas in France my focus was driven towards the respect for the historic heritage. Thanks to these experiences, I am able to see from different perspectives and propose the best solutions. What is more, I have a great memory where I cherish all the travel pictures and thoughts and from which, most probably, comes all the inspiration I find. The key moment of my development as an architect was when I started to work in one of the most renowned Polish practices - Maćków Pracownia Projektowa. It was when working on executive drawings of the building “Green Day” in Wrocław, that I fully understood the role of an architect in the building process.
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I could finally see the drawing take real shape and be a key reference for engineers and builders. I was responsible for various tasks: from detailed CAD drawings, through the accordance of all fittings with architecture to finding finishing materials and ordering their samples. Continuing studies after being already professionally involved has added another value to my designs - I’ve become more aware of their possible realisation, the economic impact and accordance with building law. I perfectly understand that to become an architect is a life-long learning process. Though, being an eager learner and having lived through different experiences already, I consider myself most prepared for this journey.
phot. Witold Markiewicz
/ Karolina Obuszko 28.08.1991 Polish / +48 604 244 006 email@example.com / 75 Boulevard de Charonne 75011 Paris France
Architetcure (MArch) École Nationale Superieure Paris Val de Seine
2009 - 2013
Architecture and Urban Planning (BArch) Faculty of Architecture Wrocław University of Technology
2011 - 2012
Architecture Erasmus Scholarship at Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU Valencia
2006 - 2009
the 14th High School Wrocław Bilingual division (English)
/WORK EXPERIENCE /professional
École Nationale Superieure Paris Val de Seine assisting supervisor Paris, France students’ tutoring: software,
Adecco New Zealand data processor for Census 2013 Wellington, New Zealand computer data entry
2012 - 2013
Maćków Pracownia Projektowa architect’s assistant Wrocław, Poland offices and housing: site analysis,
2010 - 2011
ASPEO graphic designer freelance
concept drawings, CAD executive drawings, models, 3D modelling
image processing, catalogue editing
BUCK.Architekci internship Wrocław, Poland single family housing: site analysis,
concept models, models, CAD drawings
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12. IFF T-mobile New Horizons cooperation with “Studio Kropka”; organisation of artistic workshops for children
11. IFF New Horizons visual setting; organisation of artistic workshops for children
Municipality of Wrocław the White Stork Synagogue passage revitalisation of old garages
International architectural workshop “Forgotten Scapes” tutor: Tomasz Głowacki, WUoT
Architectural workshop “Architectour: The idea of a house an architecture of a modern nomad” tutor: Jerzy Łątka, WUoT
ARCHMedium Camelot Visitor and Research Centre
DoFA’12 - Lower Silesian Festival of Architecture festival poster proposal competiton
ARCHMedium Paris Market Lab
ARCHMedium New York Theater City
/LANGUAGES Polish English Spanish French German
native C1 – fluent (spoken and written) IELTS certificate score: 8.0/9.0 C1 – fluent (spoken and written) C1 – fluent (spoken and written) DELF B2 exam score 86.5/100 A2 – basics (spoken and written)
If such a need I am happy to provide any proof of the above skills and experiences.
/ BIESZCZADY MOUNTAINS / ACADEMIC – DIPLOMA / INDIVIDUAL / YEAR: 2012-13 / SEMESTER: 7 / 14.01.2013 / ADA KWIATKOWSKA
The trail from Ustrzyki Górne to Wołosate is too long to cross in just one day and there is no shelter to stay overnight.
BArch Diploma The location of the project was chosen after analysing the weather conditions and available accomodation in the eastern part of Bieszczady Mountains. The chosen trail from Ustrzyki Górne to Wołosate was too long to cross in just one day and there was no shelter to stay overnight. The shelter answers just the backpacker’s needs and what’s more, it is much more comfortable than a traditional tent.
The idea behind the interior was to create a fully flexible space, which one could adapt to his own needs. To archieve that goal, the inner-space was adopted to the use of special hammocks for sleeping and sitting and if not needed, they could be hidden in a wall. The inspiration behind both form and function of the building was lightness and transparency, which determined the use of light and see-through elements in the interior. They should allow unlimited sense of the surrounding landscape as well as an opportunity to arrange freely the inner-space.
BArch Diploma The final outer shape of the building was defined by the landscape and weather conditions as well as the shape of the local architecture.
The partially prefabricated construction system allows to quickly set the shelter up but on the other hand requires the knowledge and skills of a highlander, which is a contribution to the local community.
/ BRATISLAVA / ACADEMIC / INDIVIDUAL / YEAR: 4 / SEMESTER: 7 / 21.12.2012 / ROMAN RUTKOWSKI / MATEUSZ MASTALSKI
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How to design a modern theatre within a 40x30x22m volume?
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Approach: to reinterpret a baroque theatre, by the means of contemporary language. Having decided that the audience is the part and parcel of a theatre, it has thus become a key element to sculpt the volume of the building.
The triangle undercut is meant to emphasize the entrance; make it characteristic, distinctive and easily found. The second most important element is the foyer, which carries very important social and exhibition functions. The uncommon about this particular foyer is the fact that it is not limited to just one room but consists of a sequence of impressions, creating a whole parcours through the building.
This architectural promenade is formed by: ▫ the ceiling above the entrance, lit up with star-like lights; ▫ the low and dark vestibule which opens up to the three-storeyhigh, bright cafeteria space; ▫ and finally the glazed opening towards the green square.
As for the function, the building is divided into two main parts public and actors’. Because of the significant volume of the auditorium hall in comparison to the total volume, the auxiliary functions had to be clustered around it in order to maximise the efficient use of space.
The former splendour of the theatresâ€™ interiors is now expressed by the simplicity and the void surrounding the spectator.
/ CADBURY / COMPETITION / GROUP / YEAR: 4 / SEMESTER: 7 / 30.05.2013 / IN COLLABORATION WITH MAJA NOWAK AND KONRAD URBANOWICZ
»king arthur’s shelter STONE WALLS
DARK EXHIBITION ROOM
A SEAT TO REST & THINK
PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT
To travel in time is all about imagination.
A visitor’s centre to the legendary site of the Camelot’s castle. Hidden in the ground. The one thing, which was clear for us from the very beginning was that the site should remain possibly untouched. It shall serve for the future generations as a true proof of what it has been before and therefore the construction has been completely hidden under the ground.
The aim of the structure is to create a medieval atmosphere around the site and through this sensation introduce the visitor to the legend of the castle. The long corridor and the dark exhibition rooms are an alegory of what we know as a medieval castle. The use of the stone as a wall cladding is an interpretation of the original castle’s walls.
Contribution to the project: sections, diagrams, final presentation layout. Software used: Autocad, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
MAIN ENTRANCE RESEARCH CENTRE MUSEUM SHOP & RESTAURANT
The visitor, after a long walk through time, surrounded by stone, grass and water is finally driven to the old stone post and given a seat to rest and to contemplate the landscape and to picture the Legend in his own way.
/ WROCŁAW / ACADEMIC / GROUP / YEAR: 4 / SEMESTER: 8 / 05.06.2013 / JOANNA JABŁOŃSKA / IN COLLABORATION WITH MAJA NOWAK (PHASE 1 & 2) AND JOANNA GIL, ANNA GRUDZIŃSKA, SANDRA PYŁCZEWSKA (PHASE 1 - URBAN DESIGN)
Âťfilm and photography school
The once densely and beautifully built XXth residential buildings, the isle of Kępa Mieszczańska started deteriorating, suffering from the destructions after the Second World War.
The aim of the project was to requalify the existing, postwar landscape by providing a new urban concept, that would bring the life back to Kępa Mieszczańska and turn it towards the surrounding river Odra. The southbanks of the isle, facing Wrocław’s Arsenal buildings are a natural location for a picturesque promenade that would continue on the isles all around the Old Town, offering both inhabitants and tourists a peaceful and pleasant parcour and a new perspective to admire the city.
Contribution to the project: model, diagrams, plans, sections, facades, perspectives Software used: Autocad, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, 3Ds Max + VRay, foam cutter
The unique perspectives offered by the site on the southbank, will be a great inspiration for future photographers and film-makers.
0.27 komunikacja pionowa 31.9 m²
0.01 biblioteka 815
0.02 strefa wejściowa biblioteki
0.24 przestrzeń ekspozycyjna
0.11 hall wejściowy 402.0 m²
0.06 komunikacja pionowa 25.6 m²
0.08 pom. porz.
0.07 magazyn studia
The architectural concept of the school itself is to separate different functions into different wings, leaving the corridor as a wide and fluid exhibition space. This geometry allows the creation multiple green patios, and offers various frames of the surrounding landscape.
0.0 0.09 śluza
0.28 magazyn studia 21.5 m²
school of film and photography
function zones library, work, auditorium, leisure
0.16 komunikacja pionowa 31.9 m²
0.12 sklep specjalistyczny
0.17 przygotowanie ryb
0.16 obieralnia warzyw
0.17 przygotowanie jajek
0.30 komunikacja 15.0 m²
0.18 kontrola jakosći 13.2 m²
0.19 kuchnia 45.3 m²
0.23 sala wykładowa
0.20 rozdzielnia kelnerska
0.21 zmywalnia naczyń 5.8 m²
0.22 sala jadalna
* the corridor as an exhibition gallery
multiple green patios
openings towards the river
Being open to public, the river banks are a great space for spontaneous interactions.
Can steel beams be like a film reel?
/ VALENCIA / ACADEMIC / INDIVIDUAL / YEAR: 3 / SEMESTER: 6 / 1.06.2012 / ALFONSO DIAZ SEGURA
The given plot was located in the ancient centre of Valencia. It had an irregular shape and it was exceptionally big as for the plots in the neighbourhood - its area was approx. 500 m2.
The main idea was to divide the building in two volumes: residential - retreated, and the atelier - aligned to the street.
Thanks to this decision and to the area of the plot it was possible to create a large patio which allows for the separation of the work area from the rest area.
The timber used to cover the front faĂ§ade reffers to wooden elements present in the neighbourhood: the doors and shades. On the one hand the wooden cladding provides shadow for the atelier and on the other it allows to maintain the contact with the street.
The key element of the entrance is the porch with its variety of door configurations which allow to modify the ambience - from the most closed and private to completely open and inviting - depending on the current needs.
The spacing between the wooden planks invites a passer-by to peak inside.
/ PARIS / ACADEMIC / INDIVIDUAL / YEAR: 4 / SEMESTER: 7 / 24.01.2014 / MICHEL DE MONCHY / GUY VAUGHAN
Âťthe stairs villa
◦ only 50% of the plot is constructible ◦ at least 25% of the 50% free ground should be vegetated ◦ the ratio of the total usable area constructed to the total area of the plot: 3:1 ◦ the programme: 50% housing, 50% other: commercial, services, offices
The answer: two volumes connected with an open staircase - a super space!
The public square is a sheltered observatory to the neighbouring park and passers-by.
The two volumes stand for the division of the programme - one volume dedicated to housing, the other to various functions. The division derives from the plot’s dimensions, location - three blind walls - and the analysis of the sun’s shading. The enclosed space between the buildings is a public plaza, open to a cafe, small public library and large, gentle steps to sit, picnic or skateboard.
The varying geometry of the northern volume floors allows different types of appartements as well as loggias and terraces. The simple floors of southern volume can accommodate multiple functions: offices, ateliers and, if such a need, housing.
2- & 4-room apartement
»PORTFOLIO previous page: city’s matrix / photography collage / workshop entry / 2012
Christmas card / for Maćków Pracownia Projektowa / 2013
DOFA 2012: City-Place-Home / poster / competition entry / 2012
Wrocław Market Hall / ink drawing / 2011
Winter village / linocut / 2007
Deforgettacja / workshop entry / stop-motion animation / 2012 / 1 min
I AM NOT A DOCTOR. If it wasn’t for one casual event I would probably be a doctor, just like my mother, father and even, grandfather. Thankfully, it happened just in time to review my choice. As a nine year old child, having attended multiple arts & crafts classes and competitions, having visited different museums and read countless books, I’ve developed a vivid imagination and I was sure I would become an architect. Now, looking back, I must say I am glad of my choice. Not only because I chose my true self over grandfather’s expectations, but most importantly, because I could not imagine myself in another profession. As a traveller, I collect many thoughts, pictures and memories. I feel that my personal library is lively and everexpanding as I stay open-minded and eager to learn more. Needless to say, I am also not afraid to overcome any obstacles that I might face in the pursuit of knowledge. I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I AM AN ARCHITECT.
© Karolina Obuszko 2014 firstname.lastname@example.org