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NICOLAS MARX portfolio



EDUCATION 2014 - 2016 Architecture MA École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL - Diploma in Master of Science in Architecture 2012 - 2013 Student exchange Université de Montréal, UdeM 2010 - 201 Architecture BA École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL

WORK EXPERIENCES 07.2014 - 10.2014 Construction of a mountain cabin, Pays-d’Enhaut, Switzerland 07.2013 - 07.2014 Atelier YKRA, Geneva, Switzerland Intern 02.2010 - 09.2010 Studio AAEO, Lausanne, Switzerland Intern

EXHIBITIONS / LECTURE « Roman Project » Lecture Budapest, Hongry, September 2016 « Balkan Brutalism » Installation and exhibition Casona Larina, Lausanne, April 2015 « Soul Sister » Exhibiiton of project Cathedral of Lausanne, November 2012

LANGUAGES Italian, French - mother tongue English - quite good German - basis

SKILLS Drawing 2D (Vectorworks, AutoCad) Drawing 3D (Sketch-Up, Rhino) Adobe Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) Final Cut Studio, Artlantis Studio Modelling +41 79 714 84 40 Swiss Nationality 17.06.1989



La Maison du Boucher


Architecture Formgère




Roman Project


Soul Sister


Knockin’ on Heaven’s Doors

La Maison du Boucher DIPLOMA PROJECT

The production of meat and its origins are sensitive themes for consumers. For economic reasons, modern, large-scale slaughterhouses go against nature and animal respect. In order to link places of production and consumption, a return to local scale is necessary. The study focuses on a regional production of meat in an alpine context best known for its cheese production. A major issue here is the product’s transformation and sale in one same location. The articulation of volumes (respectively butcher’s shop, transformation zone and drying zone) answers this synergy. The humidity brought by the forest and the stream ensure natural drying of meat in the tower, whilst the butcher’s shop integrates in the village’s urban fabric. The use of a traditional architectural language allows this place of blood to be accepted within the community. The butcher’s house completes the alpine economy, bringing out the value of local products. Professeurs: Paola Viganò, Luca Ortelli Expert: Jacques Henchoz Master II, EPFL











Architecture Fromagère DIPLOMA THESIS

Over more than a thousand years, farming activity has shaped the landscape of meadows and forests of the Swiss Alps and Prealps but also led to a way of building highly characteristic of this region. Agriculture is almost entirely based on cattle farming and milk production, through systems of exploitations that are mostly traditional. The transhumance influence not only local art but also entails a particular way of life that shows through architecture. These rural buildings gather men, herds and cheese under one same roof. Beyond production, they allow for the organisation and maintenance of the territory. They embody obvious values of heritage, history, memory, architecture, technique or agriculture. The state of conservation and technology is merely complementary. The statement answers wide themes: How does the territory organise itself through Alpine chalets? What is the role of architecture in landscape protection? Is the current use of these chalets fabrication, folklore or is it a real need? Professeurs: Paola Viganò, Luca Ortelli Expert: Jacques Henchoz Master II, EPFL



Today’s Europe is considered as an even covered field, where agriculture mixes with industries and residential areas. Suburbs are now the result of superposed layers, deprived of spatial quality. Taking Belgium’s Flanders as grounds for exploration, the project proposes a parallel world set back from houses. The project doesn’t seek to reorganise the territory, but rather to give it another vision by using the elements present in situ. The analysis of maps allowed to give a new spatial vision which differs from the view from the road. A series of landmarks and pathways allow for new connection between buildings and nature. Two worlds coexist, between logical, fantastic, absurd and rational. The territory is now discovered through accidents along the way, where everything becomes the antithesis of it definition. Professeurs: Kersten Geers Master I, EPFL






The Roman Project

The «Roman Project» is an attempt to rediscover the European territory through the architectural project and to revive a possible reading of Europe as an «even covered field». The aim of project was to make a book, based on «Entwurff einer historischen Architektur» of Fischer von Erlach in order to make a collection of today’s architectural canons. All these «proto-architectures» could give a valuable answer to our current and fundamental desire to build whithout waste and redevelop the ancient relationship between man and territory. Each students had to bring and defend four projects that should figure in the book and compose a new project by taking them as main reference. The proposal is a housing building in the Valle Olona in Italy. Professeurs: Kersten Geers Pair work (Adrien Gormetto) Master I, EPFL


A. Palladio - Villa Cornaro (1552)



G. Muzio - Ca’Brutta (1922)

K. Fisker - Hornbaekhus (1922)







Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Designing a cemetery is a delicate task. All the more so if it is to be located inside the city. A cemetery is at the same time a public and a sacred area. We needed to find a balance between the world of the living and the world of the dead. The site we chose is very distinctive: it is a enclosed area, in a highway exit to the North of the city of Lausanne. Traffic is very intense and therefore achieving privacy and a sense of reverence was challenging. Life and death are opposites. The cemetery area is dug deep in the rock in order to reduce the traffic noise. The urns are placed directly in the rock. At the ground level, some trees will be planted to symbolize a new cycle of life. The chapel as well as the service facilities will also be dug in the rock. Silence and peace will be thus attained. Professeurs: Bakker & Blanc Pair work (Jeremy Ratib) Bachelor II, EPFL







Soul Sister

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the cathedral of Lausanne is the asymmetry of its facade. One of the two towers has in fact remained unfinished since its construction in the 12th century for economic reasons and no additions have been made to it so far. This is how the idea of designing a new tower originated. It is meant as an extension to receive pilgrims from the Way of Santiago de Compostela, but also as a place of research for theology students. It is a place in between cloister and shelter, a place for sharing, resting and for contemplation. The extension is designed to fit discretely and respectfully within the existing architecture. The structure has a wooden frame and lies on a solid stone base through a double traction-compression system, which limits the anchorage points and at the same time preserves the ancient molasses walls. On the facade, the copper panels establish a dialogue with the cathedral by oxidizing progressively and recreating the trace of time passing, in harmony with the existing building. Professeurs: Bakker & Blanc Pair work (Jeremy Ratib) Bachelor II, EPFL









NICOLAS MARX - Portfolio  


NICOLAS MARX - Portfolio