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PorĆžolio 2010, Michael Brath


Student at the Royal Academy of ďƒžne Arts School of Architecture, Copenhagen

Kongelundsvej 69B, st. mf. DK 2300 Copenhagen S + 45 40 83 15 37

Erasmus Intensive Programme, Summer 2010 ““Tectonics in Building Culture: CONCRETUM””

During the workshop, on the island Bornholm in Denmark, we got the opportunity to discover and pracƟce the art of using texƟles as a mould for concrete. This led to various experiments, where we could work with the correlaƟon between the organic idiom and the uidity of the concrete. The assignment was to create outdoor furniture for the Glass and Ceramics school in Nexoe. We wanted to give them a design, which could be used in many ways and therefore we came up with the design of four objects, which have various connecƟon possibiliƟes.

Bachelor; Context & Programming, 6th Semester Neighborhood Center in relaƟon to Plug N’’ Play The building becomes an interpretaƟon of the Sicilian town squares, surrounded by buildings but with many routes connecƟng to it and the ability to always hear or see a glimpse of it. The centre of the project consists of a large concert hall, that you can see or hear from approximately all the other funcƟons. The project has been created on the principle, that you don’’t need to interact with the diīerent audiences, but that you are always connected with them by your senses. The project also studies the relaƟons between horizontal and verƟcal spaces e.g. by leƫng the oor of the concert hall act as a conƟnuaƟon of the landscape and at the same Ɵme having the concert hall act as a verƟcal gap in the building.




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Masterplan Strategy & Zoom In, 5th Semester A Cinema in Orestad City Mediatekk Media


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Orestad, a newly developed area in Copenhagen, has been subjected to a lot of criƟcism because of its lack of comprehension of human scale. The buildings and the transport network has been upscaled and does not leave room for a peaceful walk. As a result, the public spaces are none exisƟng. To counteract this development, I created a scheme (a smaller masterplan), which acƟvated temporary parking lots and unbuilt land. It consisted of several cultural faciliƟes and in between these a variety of studios and workshops. The intension was to create a small and medium scale, in which people can relate to the human scale. A scale which welcomes the people wanƟng public spaces. In the end, I chose to zoom in on one cultural facility: the cinema.

Workshop: Humanitarian Disaster, 5th Semester Group study: The earthquake in L’’Aquila, Italy

In the process of rebuilding the ruin city it is important to us to preserve the qualiƟes of the old structure while sƟll reinterpretaƟng the spaƟal and programmaƟc characterisƟcs of the italian city. Our architectual vision for the new L ǵAquila relies upon the principle of adding a new structure, which can operate in a symbioƟc relaƟonship to the ruin city. The ruins worthy of preservaƟon are supported by a new light steel structure which provides a seƫng in which inhabitants can develop new safe dwellings. The new layer someƟmes crosses the boundaries of the original houses and thereby creates new interesƟng out- and indoor spaces. The large amount of rubble have been turned into a new topography creaƟng recreaƟonal connecƟons across the city. The topography can act as plateau in squares and turn more organic in greener landscape areas.

Understanding your Client, 4th Semester A Fashion House for Issey Miyake Using your client as your main inspiraƟon. The clothing designer Issey Miyake is known for his studies with texƟle. He studies the human proporƟons and designs an ““atmosphere”” to embrace your body.

I found inspiraƟon in the work with light & shadow and with the dimensions that encircle us, just as he. I searched for an understanding of the concept of ““atmosphere”” with the above menƟoned keywords.

Work analysis: House in China II, 4th Semester Group study: WriƩen analysis and model in 1:33

The architecture of Ryue Nishizawa deals with transparency and the dissolve of hierachy. Transparency in the sense of creaƟng a balance between the project and its external surroundings by leƫng nature into the building and by reecƟng it. Furthermore transparency denes the clarity of his architecture in the exible (open) program, the use of materials, the rened dimensions and the structure.

The clarity is both visual and conceptual and relates itself between space & funcƟon, interior & exterior and the human being & nature. This clarity dissolve the hierachy of space and introduces a new type of architecture. An architecture, which reveals itself through human contact and their choise of use. It is this superior lightness and clarity that appeals to our senses.

Studying the Landscape, 3rd Semester The transiƟon between sea and land

Water is an important part of Copenhagen. There are lakes and the main channel, which divide Inner Copenhagen from ChrisƟanshavn and Amager. But even though we consider it as a beauƟful scenery, we aren’’t able to touch the water directly. because the transiƟon between sea and land consists of an pronounced edge.

I wanted the two elements to merge into each other instead of being constantly divided. As a result i designed a landscape, which grows into the water and are constantly changing depending on the level of the sea. When the sea level is high only a fracƟon of the landscape is visible.

The importance of Materials, 2nd Semester Guest house with studio & gallery

When searching for materials to be used in this project, I based my research upon the funcƟon, user and the area. As the project is supposed to be used of an arƟst and for exhibiƟng painƟngs among other art forms, it was quite crucial to have a material which would reect natural light quite well. I came up with the suggesƟon of using Corian, because of its blank surface, which gives a diīuse light. Furthermore this material works well with the concept of the windows being cut out based upon the sun’’s movement. In addiƟon there are two cores in the project, which communicates with the towers of neighboring buildings. These should represent the area, which is an area with e.g. rebels and therefore these cores should be made of a rough material. I chose concrete and corten steel for the staircase inside.

Space inside a Mass, 1st Semester A DreamSpace

What can be created if it has to be beneath the ground and the only light you can use is natural light?

Though it worked quite nicely it would not work underneath the ground. At the same Ɵme it was more of a constrcƟon, an addiƟon. What I was looking for was a deducƟon technique.

In the beginning I was inspired by the organic shape of a garlic and its structure of layer upon layer. I tried to make a structure of slats in which the space in between would be the source of light.

Then i got inspired of a conch. You could almost imagine the conch as something solid and then being excavated...

Portfolio_Bachelor 2010  

A brief introduction to the works of my bachelor study at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.

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