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portfolio Marjon Marx 2013

curriculum vitae projects masterthesis varia

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Marjon Marx 째 30 april 1990 Stoffelsbergstraat 14 3600 Genk Belgium +32 (0)472716881

curriculum vitae







languages dutch french english german

master of science in engineering: architecture option architectural design KUL, Leuven degree cum laude master thesis: How do you make them do. Architects as designers of actions and interactions. promotors: Ann Heylighen, Karel Vandenhende

bachelor of science in engineering: architecture KUL, Leuven secondary education: latin and mathematics Onze-Lieve-Vrouwelyceum, Genk native good - diploma degree B2 general french good notions

computer 2D: Adobe AutoCAD | Photoshop | Indesign | Illustrator 3D: Google Sketchup rendering: Artlantis Studio sketching hand drawing plans making 3D models working with lasercutter and 3D-printer in FabLab


Selectie 2009-2010, ASRO KUL

Theory by Design. Architectural research made explicit in the design studio, Els de Vos, Johan De Walsche, e.a., ASP


work experience

2011_2013 2011 summer 2011 march, september 2010, 2009 summer 2008 summer


clerk at Le Pain Quotidien Hasselt cashier at Palm Parkies Genk, Hasselt, Maasmechelen, Halle promotional jobs at NewWorld; sampling, tasting and nightlife activation Genk, Leuven festival employee at Palm Parkies Genk, Hasselt, Dilbeek, Halle employee at Luminus Hasselt

2013 november two weeks language lessons general french: diplome B2 Sprachcaffe/Languages PLUS, Nice six weeks stay in France with host families in Nice and Nantes 2013 octobre volunteer at ‘Dag van de architectuur’ C-mine, Genk 2013 april participation in a Universal Design contest ‘Deadline 24’ after being selected as one of the 24 teams De Winkelhaak, Antwerp 2012 march selected for the student lecture in STUK Auditorium for Existenz by the design staff of the first master Architecture Design Studio 2007-2013 waitress in the skybox KRC Genk Cristal Arena, Genk 2007-2008 member of the high school organization committee for the graduation ceremony; in charge of financials, looking for sponsors, decoration of the ceremony halls and welcome speech

curriculum vitae




holiday home; Keizersberg Ghilain Lams, Joke Vermeulen


excercise context, construction with Coco Kneepkens, Lise Neirinckx, Tara Op de Beeck Karel Vandenhende and Tom Thys


cultural centre; Hoboken Elke Demyttenaere, Bart Bomans


public building; ‘holte-volte’ with Coco Kneepkens, Arne Vangeenberghe Francis Catteeuw


urban project; Scheutveld, Anderlecht with Coco Kneepkens, Lise Neirinckx, Tara Op de Beeck Goedele Desmet and Erik van Daele



mixed use project; Arhnem partly with Lysanne Van de Weerd Elina Karanastasi


studio interior FabLab; Leuven Andrew Vande Moere, Flebus Sarah


How do you make them do Architects as designers of actions and interactions promotors: Ann Heylighen, Karel Vandenhende attendant: Greg Nijs reader: Tom Thys


redesignation mill Moulaert; Anderlecht with Victoria Garnica, Lysanne Van de Weerd Elina Karanastasi, Els Claessens, Piet Stevens masterthesis

selection projects



1. holiday home; Keizersberg

design of a maximum 120 m² house Ghilain Lams, Joke Vermeulen 2008

hand drawn plans

The difficult but interesting location on a hill asked for a special design. To cope with this particular context I decided to immerse the house completely underground/into the mountain, so that it became a hidden, almost secret place. Passers-by will only see the lightshafts that form landscape elements against the skyline of the city of Leuven. A dark staircase in the green roof gives entrance to the house, giving the expectation to enter a dark space inside the hill, but once inside you experience the opposite. The fully glazed south side allows light-filled spaces and a panoramic view of the city. The lightshafts offer an altering natural daylight in the hallway in the back, thanks to their different orientations and the turning of the sun. The hallway in the linear design runs through the length of the house giving perspective and depth perception. There is a wall closet all along this line in the corridor. The different living areas are situated along this line, and a patio in the middle separates the living and sleeping area.



linear design

interior view

presentation model




plan 0

section AA



2. exercise context and construction exercises context and structure

with Coco Kneepkens, Lise Neirinckx, Tara Op de Beeck Karel Vandenhende, Tom Thys 2009

The aim of the context exercise in the second bachelor year was to temporarily change, the context of a space on campus. By implanting a mass of shining, glimming forks. we questioned the everyday appearance of a large unused grass field. While playing with the perceptions of reflection and image, we highlighted the alienated feeling of (un)accesibility by inserting over 1000 forks.


Tuesday, December 8, you could spot some unusual scenes on the Campus Arenberg III. So was a mass forks, jolly implanted on a lawn, shining bright, […]. These interventions were part of an assignment for students of 2bira, for the designing course. Under the heading ‘Context’ they had to restructure, reorganize or change a part of the campus temporarily. Mission accomplished. Campuskrant KUL, december 2009

photo context project - Rob Stevens



The second exercise was based on structure and had to be completed using slim balsawooden beams . The vertical as well as the horizontal construction needed to withstand the weight of one kilogram. We designed a tower with mirrored top and bottom that can be used as a table. The bridge spanned one meter, carrying rocks in the suspended middlepoint.


detail connexions

vertical construction - tower




horizontal construction - bridge



3. public building: ‘holte-volte’ volume and public program study

with Coco Kneepkens, Arne Vangeenberghe Francis Catteeuw 2009

publication: Selectie 2009-2010, ASRO KUL

The design process started by searching for a strong, sharp volumetry within the dimensions of a given cube, that could provide a place for different public activities. Our attempts to zone all these events in specific volumes and, at the same time, create a passage to the other side, resulted in a ‘canyon’; a cutting gap formed by clearly defined, shiny blocks. This gap itself created all kinds of outer spaces and open areas because of the tangling adjacent fragments. Besides a visual horizontal division, there is a vertical layering. Specific choice of windows, passages and connections make the space wadable, open yet exciting. Combining all these elements, we designed a lively complex with interesting geometrical and edgy volumes that add to the use and experience of the space.


volume study

zoom of model

What makes this project so special? ‘The ‘canyon’ offers a wide range of welldefined spaces for the given program, with different scales, sizes and privacy levels, but also with different lighting and views to adjacent spaces. The volumes only touch each other as much as needed for sufficient stability, and together they form a strong unique whole whereby its spacial form gets enhanced by the shiny materialisation.’



plan 0 1 toilets 2 staff - storage room 3 music rehearsal 4 central passage - info desk 5 circulation block


plan 2 1 theatre block 2 foyer 3 circulation block

final presentation model




cultural centre; Hoboken

design of a building with a public funtion Elke Demyttenaere, Bart Bomans 2010

hand drawn plans

The building is orientated towards the street to create a new, clear entrance to the park, while at the same time separating the park from the street. The sharp form of the building works in three directions, creating three different outside spaces. A construction with stairs and stages between two directions of the building adds a polyvalent function for outside events. The specific volume also provides interesting spaces inside the building; functions divided in the three directions, come together in the circulationpoint at the entrance. A wide staircase, that could serve as a foyer, leads to the theatre, and the transparancy through the stairs to the exhibition space creates a visual interaction between visitors. The combination of the whimsical shape of the building that stands out in the neighboorhood, along with the shiny, smooth facades and playfull windows, make it an energetic design that wants to be seen and experienced.


image restaurant


position building - creating outside area’s




multifunctional stairs and stages

section AA


section BB

plan 0 1 cafetaria 2 computer area 3 entrance 4 stairs - sitting 5 meeting rooms 6 exposition 7 backstage

plan 1 1 roof 2 office space staff 3 theatre




urban project; Scheutveld, Anderlecht

design a masterplan and housing complex

with Coco Kneepkens, Lise Neirinckx, Tara Op de Beeck Goedele Desmet and Erik van Daele 2010, 2011

A complex housing program in Scheutveld, Anderlecht, asked for a detailed exploration of site and area. The design originated from different elements present in the surrounding fragmented tissue that is located on the border of two contexts, one of industrial activity along the canal, and a smaller scale of living characterising the rest of the site. The variation in building typologies and heights - especially of corner buildings -, together with the broken atmosphere at multiple levels in the environment is embedded and reflected in our design. The diversity and identities we encountered in the vicinity of the site were direct influences for the design, as we decided to work with iconic blocks, placed in a specific way, creating paths to valuable public and private space for visitors as well as for residents. The sculptural volumes surround a soft public axis towards the canal, while connecting with small scattered squares found in the environment. The rough iconic objects create an own strong identity whitin the fragmented context.

defining objects in environment







concept images for private/public open space




presentation model

spaces between the buildingblocks




mixed use project; Arhnem

design a masterplan with housing program; landscape architecture

partly with Lysanne Van de Weerd Elina Karanastasi 2011 publication: Theory by Design. Architectural research made explicit in the design studio, Els de Vos, Johan De Walsche, e.a., ASP Siza, who offer care and services to people with a handicap, strived for a new masterplan for a village called Arhnem under the heading ‘The new village: a special ordinary neighborhood’. At first we designed a landscaped masterplan that responds to the natural topographic and topologic site. In the second phase, after having a workgroup meeting with the people who live in the village, we separately worked on one building; accessible housing, a medical centre and an underground parking space were part of my project.

The shape of the building follows the natural height lines of the site. As the residents asked for more customized, personalized houses that enable independancy, I figured out a housing system that provides endless possibilities to offer each person or family a unique and - if needed - adaptable house. This flexibility keeps future functions for new residents open. To add to the ‘groundbound feeling’, each floor has a big outside terrace with a leisure unit ensuring near accessible entertainment.The medical centre is placed underground to increase the feeling of privacy, while patios bring daylight into each room.



view leisure unit and entrance medical centre

part of masterplan



plan -1


plan 0

housing system




7. redesignation mill Moulaert; Anderlecht complex program; renovation

with Victoria Garnica, Lysanne Van de Weerd Elina Karanastasi, Els Claessens, Piet Stevens 2012

The old grain mill situated near the railway in an industrial area of Anderlecht asked for a renovation and a new program. With our design we can create the opportunity to reconnect the secluded buildings in the future, revitalizing the abandoned district. Above three existing, massive brick buildings, we added two L-shaped volumes in steel, and filled the remaining gaps inbetween with Uglass material. These different materials show the difference between the valuable old and new parts.

An open entrance creates a passage to reach the buildings in the back. Therefore, the public courtyard with a restaurant is lowered to streetlevel, expanding the narrow sidewalk. We designed three office types with different atmospheres in the different volumes of the old and new buildings. One big office is placed in the silo building, where we would remove the outer brick wall, making the vertical divisionwalls for the former silo’s visible. For a better daylight, we changed the floors between the levels, creating vides and dynamic office layouts. These interventions make an interesting facade with respect to its historical industrial function. The play with visible circulation points, varying offices and eventrooms, and a public courtyard with a restaurant aims to restore a once vibrant, lively neighborhood.

old volumes

wrapped volumes

in-between volumes


36 HERBESTEMMING  M  A  A  L  D  E  R  I  J    M  O  U  L  A  R  T         HERBESTEMMING    M  A  A  L  D  E  R  I  J    M  O  U  L  A  R  T       Guy  Ameele_Victoria  Garnica_Marjon  Marx_Lysanne  Van  de  Weerd   Guy  Ameele_Victoria  Garnica_Marjon  Marx_Lysanne  Van  de  Weerd  








CONCEPT CONCEPT                                                                      


siting in cadastre

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facade A, streetside

FACADE A                                    



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plan 0











plan 2

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panoramic room



presentation model

presentation model



8. studio interior FabLab; Leuven interior design; furniture

Andrew Vande Moere, Sarah Flebus, FĂĄtima Pombo 2012

For this small design studio we had to redesign the interior of the FabLab Leuven, a smallscale creative workspace where anything can be created with all sorts of materials, using lasercutting and laserprinting machines, 3D printers and manual worktools. The focus on redesigning the interior had to result in rethinking a piece of furniture that could be a place to work, a storage for materials or a showcase presenting the capabilities of the FabLab.

After reinterpreting the program I chose for a clear, organized interior where partly transparant closet modules or ‘units’ organize and divide the interior into different working zones. Operations in a FabLab are all about scales, thinking and looking on different levels, like microsystems in nature zoom in and zoom out endlessly; it was the inspiration for the layout of the cupboard units. Material choice, desired atmosphere and the appearance towards the street had to play a special role and were taken into consideration throughout the design process.

front and back of the unit


inspirational nature graphics



plan 0

Studio Interieur FabLab Marjon Marx

2012_2013 2MIRA

view interior




How do you make them do ; Architects as designers of actions and interactions promotors: Ann Heylighen, Karel Vandenhende attendant: Greg Nijs reader: Tom Thys


To what extent do designers make the users of their buildings do things? Some actions that are desired, want to be provoked by making spatial suggestions, while others just want to be discouraged. The same is true for the interactions. A building can be realized for example to facilitate social relationships between different groups of users. Both for actions and for interactions, space can also provide a freedom to stimulate a creative use. In my thesis I examine how architects deal with this issue, and what the specific design interventions are that they apply. The client itself can designate certain acts and interactions in the design brief, but it is still the designer who is responsible for the architectural translation. Through two case studies I make an analysis from three viewpoints, namely that of the architect, the client, and the user who ultimately will review and evaluate the building.



Universal Design contest ‘Deadline 24’ with Nele Byns and Hannelore Wouters De Winkelhaak, Antwerp april 2013

Together with Nele Byns and Hannelore Wouters, I participated in the designcontest ‘Deadline 24’ edition 2013, an initiative of the Flemish Government, Equal Opportunities in Flanders and Enter, a Flemish Expertisecentre of Accessibility. With our motivation letter and a self-made video, we were selected out of 75 subscriptions with 23 other teams of different architecture and design schools in Flanders.

The goal was to invent an innovative design whitin 24 hours, making use of the 7 accessibility principles, that increases the Universal Design content of the Antwerp Central Station and its surroundings. Wednesday, April 24 2013, each team presented their design to an international jury of people from the world of design and architecture, the Flemish Government and famous journalists. The jury was chaired by Flemish Bouwmeester Peter Swinnen.


printscreens video

scene during contest

“24 student teams began on April 23, 2013 excited and full of inspiration their mission. International guest speakers and a critical assessment by experts by experience focused their ideas. 24 hours later the results may be seen. A lack of sleep was not standing in the way of their refreshing ideas. Apparently there is a lot of creative talent in Flanders.�





During Existenz, a student-run organisation promoting architecture in the first master year, I actively took part in Existenz activities the whole year, like helping with the organization of the ‘24 hour run’, and preparing the location for the existenz-week. This is the highlight of the existenz-year, where a vacant building in the city of Leuven gets occupied during one week, to organize lectures, workshops and parties. We transformed the former Stella Offices in Leuven according to our concept [RE]. I helped getting the existenz location ready, with painting, setting up and decorate different rooms, restore and reveal an old ceramic tiles floor, making pieces of furniture,...


central hall with small stage

two transformed rooms in the lounge area



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