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Portfolio 2016


Sophie May Germer Altewiekring 4 38102 Braunschweig Germany +49 151 53509631 may.germer@gmail.com

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CONTENT Curriculum Vitae Projects 01 GIVE IT ROOM! 02 open university 03 light- & bodystudies 04 Q’s house 05 DOUBLETROUBLE 06 image based architecture 07 bat sculpture 08 4 for Brandshof 09 bachelor thesis_ work in progress

Recognition/ Honours Acknowledgement from “Baumeister” magazine Acknowledgement from the Laves Foundation

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CURRICULUM VITAE

PERSONAL Name Sophie May Germer Address Altewiekring 4 38102 Braunschweig Germany Date of birth 8.12.1994 Place of birth Hamburg CONTACT

Telephone E-Mail

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

WORK EXPERIENCE

German native English full professional proficiency (living ab road experience) French limited working proficiency Chinese basic Italian basic

Jan./ Feb. 2013 Internship at Wulf Architekten, Stuttgart Apr./ May 2013 Internship at Carpentry Oberwemmer, Hamburg

winterterm 2015 Tutor for first-year-students in design onwards Institute for Experimental Design, TU Braunschweig Prof. Berthold Penkhues

FIELD TRIPS

winterterm 2016 Tutor for first-year-students in constructive drawing, onwards Institute for Experimental Design, TU Braunschweig Prof. Berthold Penkhues

+49 151 53509631 may.germer@gmail.com

EDUCATION 2001 until 2002 German School Singapore 2002 until 2005 Heinrich Zille Primary School, Stahnsdorf (Brandenburg) 2005 until 2007 German School Shanghai 2007 until 2008 German Swiss International School, Hong Kong 2008 until 2012 German School Shanghai General qualification for University Entrance (Abitur) University Education 2012 until 2013 Law at Humboldt Universität in Berlin 2013 onwards Architecture Bachelor of Science at Technical University Braunschweig 6

LANGUAGES

FURTHER QUALIFICATIONS - Several years of providing tutoring to high school students in subjects Mathematics and German - Participation in the intercultural social project „English for children of migrant workers“ (Shanghai) - Theater workshops, 2 productions, Leading character in Schiller’s „Maria Stuart“ PERSONAL INTERESTS

Theater, Photography, Reading, Travelling, Yoga

South of France Institute for Experimental Design Prof. Berthold Penkhues Athens, Greece Institute for Building History Prof. Dr. Alexander von Kienlin Lisboa and Porto, Portugal Institute for Experimental Design Prof. Berthold Penkhues Venice, Italy Student faculty for architecture

MEDIA/ SOFTWARE 2D AutoCAD 3D Rhinoceros 3D Illustration Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign ANALOGUE SKILLS screen printing sketching painting

Venice, Italy Institute for Experimental Design Prof. Berthold Penkhues

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GIVE IT ROOM!

The main project of the third semester was the first building to be designed in detail. It was the task to develop a concept that revives a parking lot that used to be a vivid market hall. The space allocation plan included a theatre, workshops, a restaurant and a hotel. Only the walls of the market hall were still standing and were supposed to be included into the concept. My idea was to design a series of smaller buildings that pick up the shape of the destroyed roof by blending the buildings together, generating three squares with different qualities, turning the parking lot into a space that invites to stay instead of rushing by.

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OPEN UNIVERSITY team of two

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Designing a building as an addition to University campus that offers space for additional classrooms, a library, as well as publically available workspace and a room for exhibitions and lectures was the main task of the forth semester. By the title “Open University� the main focus lay on the planning into constructive detail. The idea of putting the building on columns and hereby retaining as many parking slots as possible went along with the image of a main body shaped by a four-stringed framework. The clear figure with the simple fassade and the steel framework conveys a transparency that is supposed to reflect the educational system.

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LIGHT- & BODYSTUDIES

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04 Q’s HOUSE

The task was to develop a house for a director based on the techniques he uses in his movies. My home was designed for Quentin Tarantino and is supposed to offer him a space to write, watch, rethink and retire. I worked with his signature idea of him often playing a part in his own movies by creating different levels that can be seen by one another, creating from-below and from-above scenarios that he often uses. The long staircases between the rooms give him time to think. They are based on the long camera drives he often includes in his films.

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DOUBLE TROUBLE team of two

The task was to design a house combined with a museum for the same director. This time it was placed in an environment that I analysed in an earlier semester. Once again we used the long camera drives as a motive, combining them with a quote by Quentin Tarantino himself: „Movies are movies and reality is reality.“ We reached this by dividing the private house from the museum superficially but by connecting them with a subterranian studio, representing Tarantino’s characteristic work as a director.

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IMAGE BASED ARCHITECTURE team of two

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We worked on a series of pictures of the crossing of a big shopping street – Huai Hai Road – and an elevated road in Shanghai. We recognised a repetition pattern and turned it into a visual concept by melting the photos together. We then translated them into a drawing and afterwards into a modell study. As a follow-up on the „image based architecture“ project from the semester before I worked on a light and picture installation with a group of other students. The collages from the previous tasks were translated back into an actual space with the help of light projectors and translucent, semi-translucent and opaque canvases. They were arranged in a way that the dynamics of the real street crossing was simulated.

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BAT SCULPTURE

At the institute for Landscape architecture I developed a building situated in the Harz mountains that offers three kinds of quarters for bats within their yearly cycle. As an addition the building contains a small exhibition space for a museam teaching about bats as well as a cafĂŠ with an outside section for hikers and passers-by. The design-process took place over a very limited amount of time and therefore is mainly a concept study with the intention of diving into a more nature related subject.

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4 for Brandshof

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When analysing the neighbouring districts of the site in the heart of Hamburg, laced with canals and traintracks with freightliners rumbling by every few minutes and surrounded by a handfull of rundown factory buldings we concluded that more public space needed to be created. It was our idea to develop squares with different characters/ natures that are connected by a green, organic path. The defined spaces create unique situations like the triangular square formed by traintracks or the spot at the water adopting the harbour vibe. The organic shape of the path prevents dimensions in which the human might feel lost and forms working panels, where in each case two buildings stand and communicate with one another. The open blocks shape green spaces that are partially public, semipublic and private.

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ALTERNATIVE SPACE bachelor thesis

A place for theatre performances, readings and poetry-slams in a tiny urban forest in the heart of Berlin with a main room that imitates a structure found in our surroundings but reminds us of nothing that has ever been used for a room of that function. In my case I used shapes I could find on the human body, collar bones, necks and shoulders, build casts around them and formed them into a room by connecting the convex and concave curves. Imitating the surprising immersive power of the forest I bury my design under the trees and am now working on connecting the main room with the surrounding functions and working on a opening concept.

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Ideen

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Anerkennung

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Markthalle 1940

„Neues Leben am Hagenmarkt“ Sophie May Germer, TU Brauchschweig, Institut für Entwerfen und Raumkomposition – Lehrstuhl Staab Eine alte Markthalle am Hagenmarkt in Braunschweig war vor 1940 Mittelpunkt einer dichten Bebauung, heute dagegen bietet der Ort ein trauriges Bild: Von der Markthalle sind nur noch Graffiti-be sprühte Umfassungsmauern übrig, dazwischen parken Autos. Die vorgeschlagene Lösung erhält die Bestandsmauern und über nimmt damit exakt die Grundfläche der Halle; sie variiert, zerklüftet

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und teilt die Hallendachform, so dass vier neue separate Gebäude mit öffentlicher Nutzung entstehen wie Theater, Werkstatt und Café. Dazwischen bilden sich drei gut proportionierte, einladende Höfe – der in der Mitte abgesenkt – ebenso wie eine Achse als Durchweg. Der Entwurf bezieht die unmittelbar angrenzenden Stadträume Juryprotokoll nicht ein, bleibt selbstbezogen und ein Insel.

‘MACH PLATZ!’ give it room!

LAVES prize

Acknowledgement for my project in the “Baumeister” magazine

Acknowledgement for the “Open University” project from the Laves Foundation

In the sixth student competition by the German architecture magazine “Baumeister” under the title “Mach Platz!” (make space) the task was to find an unpleasant place in your city and come up with an architectural concept that not only revives the place but includes the surroundings or in my case the existing remains.

The Laves Foundation awards prizes and acknowledgements to designs that are especially thoroughly planned with a focus on constructive detail.

The main project of the third semester confronted this topic. We were supposed to turn the ruins of an old market hall, that is now used as a parking lot, into a new cultural centre. In my concept I included the still remaining walls into the buildings. Also I incorporated the shape of the old roof, deviding the building into four seperate ones. I did not include the surroundings directly, the project remains an island in a hectic city.

The “Open University” project from the forth semester had the same focus. We therefore handed in our design and received an acknowledgement.

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Sophie May Germer +49 151 53509631 may.germer@gmail.com

THANK YOU!


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