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O L I V E R K A ŽIMÍ R

ARCHITECTURAL PORTFOLIO

S E L EC T E D WO R KS – 2012 – 2016


Content architectural portfolio

CONTENT

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Biography Oliver Kažimír

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Ocean City Master’s Studio Project 2015

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Suburb Housing Bachelor’s Project 2015

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Architecture of Destitution Studio Project 2014

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Concept ~ Collage ~ Workshop Workshop Project 2015

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Boatyard in the Chateau Garden Studio Project 2013

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A House of an Architect Studio Project 2012

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Sports Complex in Lovosice Architectural Competition2014

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Social Housing Studio Project 2014


OLIVER KAŽIMÍR Personal Details birth nationality

1992 Slovak

Education 2016

Master’s degree exchange programme ‘Architecture: Urban Projects, Urban Cultures’ at Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven, Brussels, Belgium

2015 – present

Master’s degree programme ‘Architecture and Urban Design’ at Faculty of Architecture, Brno University of Technology, Czech republic

2011 – 2015

Bachelor degree programme ‘Architecture and Urban Design’ at Faculty of Architecture, Brno University of Technology, Czech republic

Professional Experience jun – sep 2015

Internship in practice Andy Martin Architecture, London, UK

jan – apr 2015

Internship in practice CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated Architects, Brno, CZ

Computer Skills AutoCad Adobe Photoshop Adobe Ilustrator Adobe InDesign SketchUp

Language Skills upper-intermediate level (B2)

Contact email tel

o.kazimir@gmail.com +32489125207 / +421918547037

Biography Oliver Kažimír

English

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Ocean City studio project 2015

OCEAN CITY

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Earth, being devasted by human, in the near future is going to face up the consequences of our acting in the form of serious climate changes. Global warning caused by emissions of greenhouse gas, made of burning of fossil fuels, industry and agriculture, will result global rising of ocean level caused by ice melting and expansion of water volume. The question arises, how cities could react on these serious changes.

MASTER’S STUDIO PROJECT ~ FIFTH YEAR OF STUDY ~ 2015 FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE ~ BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Ideas are illustrated on the particular example – New York City. Distinctive term defining the concept is gradual adaptation during changing conditions. The idea considers the city as constantly changing organism which current shape can’t be maintained without any changes forever. Project forms long-term time plan of gradual demolition and rebuilding firstly edge, most endangered parts of a coast, and subsequently other endangered zones. In the original urban pattern is formed extensive complex of linear volumes that will become foundation base for new architecture growing out of it. A new platform rising the city elevation is created. New base urban element becomes a linear platform directing perpendicularly to the coast boundary. Its linear form is selected deliberately for its ability to continious growing in both directions, especially inwards the urban structure. Space between platform volumes, places of previous streets, becomes a canal absorbing an element of water inside the fabric of the city.


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Ocean City studio project 2015

Long stripes of canals exist in its original slope. Lower situated part lies below the water level, the higher is open landscape that forms a gradual passage between the city and water. A strict border line of coast doesn’t exists by now.


Left image: Plan and section of platform turbine energetic system Right image: Top view into the space between two platforms Ocean City studio project 2015

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The element which was considered by now as a threat for a city, will become inherent part of its energetic system. The part of the proposed platform volume comes form original coast line towards water flow. In this part, the volume of a platform resists the water flow pressure. The flow of the water contains huge amount of kinetic energy, that can be absorbed into the mass. Frontal part of a platform repose on bearing columns around which the collection of vertical volutoid water turbines are looping. The water flow revs up turbine units that produce an electricity through a generator. Architecture is becoming a generator of limitless and clean blue energy.

The prevailing activity of the water surrounding the city have become tides that could be in a scale of large eastern lagoon utilized to generate clean energy. By enclosing the lagoon there is a possibility to control massive amount of water. The first dam will be built on the eastern entrance of the lagoon Long Island Sound. The other in the estuary between Staten Island and Fort Hamilton. At the highest tide the eastern dam suddenly opens set in motion a flow of water directed into the downtown of New York City, west gate remains closed. Controlled flooding of New York’s lagoon occurs regulary and it creates a constant flow for generating electricity.


Ocean City studio project 2015

Side elevation of linear platform A few decades later, the city assume completely new shape and extent. It grows behind its original boundaries. The city mostly expand on a coast and it swallows up small coastal towns. Platform urban fabric is growing in an extensive costal stripe. It forms continual coastal city. Platforms add to the city a new layer flowing in linear forms over the ground and water. Upper layer has markedly urban character whereas the land spreads underneath. In a very close connection, there exist two symbolically different worlds.

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Suburb Housing bachelor’s project 2015

SUBURB HOUSING

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The site is located in a boundary of the urban residential zone of neighborhood Komín, in the outskirt area of the town Brno. Place itself is currently used as ochrads of the residents of the borough. Simultaniously with the acclivitous terrain in a direction from lower developed zone, built-up area is thinning and the site is gradually passing through the cabin zone until it reaches a forest on the hill. Bachelor project propose extensive residential complex at the place.

BACHELOR’S PROJECT ~ FOURTH YEAR OF STUDY ~ 2015 FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE ~ BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

The essential part of the proposal was to create an appropriately dense urban structure of residential buildings but as well to maintain a certain spatial generosity at the same time. The proposal seeks to considerably reflect the topography and character of the place. At the border of the site where it passes into forest, the slope gradates in the hill which I found as an exceptional and the strongest point within the place. At this place, two significant volumes grow out of the hill. They form a dominant moment of the whole composition of designed urban volumes. Volume composition is branching out in a downward direction, it slopes down and gradually crumbles into smaller fragments scattered in a freer space. The entire composition determines the movement uphill. Thus the area is freely permeable along its whole length. Distribution, orientation and scale of the proposed volumes seeks to respond to complicated urban context of the site’s surrounding.


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Suburb Housing bachelor’s project 2015

The proposed housing complex is composed of 10 residential buildings of different extent that varies in building lenght and floor number and consequently in amount of flats within a building.


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Suburb Housing bachelor’s project 2015

This is just a fragment of the whole proposed typologies. A residential building consists of several different flats.


Small sketch is an abstract expression of proposed concept of forming internal space of the buildings.

Suburb Housing bachelor’s project 2015

Building should make an impression of growing out from the place by its setting in the topography and by its materiality. Internal space is bounded by building structure. The structure is defined by internal space, its hierarchy, relations between spaces of different character and by flowing passage among them. The boundary between internal and external space are not clearly defined. Interior gradualy flows to both directions to exterior through some sort of a interstage which is porch and loggias. Private habitable rooms are always oriented in a single direction to the other way from the porch. Other rooms like flat entrance, kitchen, dinning and living rooms are partially opened into the porch – in certain spots, there is a possibility to pull aside the light window wall and internal space extends. The dividing line between life inside and ouside common corridor is formed by translucent membrane made of milk glass.

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ARCHITECTURE OF DESTITUTION

Architecture of Destitution studio project 2014

We live in a world of excess, where supplies and common assurances have been replaced by temporality and consumption. However, are we ready to handle a situation where an excess would be replaced by destitution?

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The aim of project is an effort of meaningful and effective disposal of excess, in the context of today’s towns. The proposal is a series of measures for dealing with the issues of rural areas, which would also serve as a mechanism to minimize fatal impacts of profound crisis. The analysis revealed the fragility and weaknesses of our

STUDIO PROJECT ~ FOURTH YEAR OF STUDY ~ 2014 FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE ~ BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY ~ IN CO-OPERATION WITH: FILIP KINNERT

current spatial and social order of the world. We found the solution in the necessity of creating a nationwide network of compact self-sustaining villages with less population. In the case of a serious collapse in any form, these villages will serve as a shelter for people from crisis affected areas. The selected model settlement unit is village Střílky in the region Zlín. This work is only a small, but at the same time a necessary part of a complex mechanism. It focuses on a sphere of disposal of polluted and contaminated water. The partial proposal is a root wastewater treatment plant for village Střílky. Waste and rain water from public sewer enters into purification process. Root zone treatment plant is located under elevation level of the village. Waste water is fed there by gravity. In the case of of environmental contamination purification the root system is used for decontamination treatment of water. Rainwater is drained into the creek, then through created bypass into the root cascade filter. There are plant-


Architecture of Destitution studio project 2014

ed plants cabable of rhizofiltration - the process in which toxic substances are removed from water by roots of the plants. They are grown in the hydroponic bathtubs which are part of the building. Technical background of the facility is prepared for complete treatment. Decontaminated water is drained into ecosystem or caught in an emergency reservoir bellow the building. The basis of the biological stage of treatment is an artificial wetland with common wetland plants such as Phragmites australis, Phalaris arundinacea and others, that are planted in a filter gravel base. Cleaning is caused by bacteria living on the roots of plants that decompose organic impurities thereby the water is cleaned.

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Elevation

Longitudinal section

Architecture of Destitution studio project 2014

Ground plan

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Root zone treatment plant and its purification process is sensitively integrated into the country. There are formed valuable landscape elements with occurrence of many plant and animal species as well.

The building of the root zone treatment plant has more utilizations. It serves both as a background for the root filter as well as educational and scientific workplace in the field of hydroponic cultivation. It is an edifying center of great importance in terms of increasing environmental awareness of people.


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Architecture of Destitution studio project 2014

Cascade root filter is split in two parts. Between them is formed the pathway passing around the purification facility building, directed along the creek to the pond. This creates a new type of public and recreation space for inhabitants of the village.


CONCEPT COLLAGE WORKSHOP

Concept ~ Collage ~ Workshop workshop project 2015

‘Concept ~ Collage’ was a fiveday long intensive workshop focused on working with ambient of Palacky University in Olomouc campus, searching for a new spatial expression of university’s identity.

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WORKSHOP PROJECT ~ FIFTH YEAR OF STUDY ~ 2015 FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE ~ BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY ~ IN CO-OPERATION WITH: BARBORA JURÍČKOVÁ & IVICA KÁČEROVÁ

The proposal is a new spatial conception of open central area of university campus. Currently, faculty buildings encircle indefinable space formed of frontage roads with parking areas. In the centre of the space is situated former arsenal building, today’s university library, which is not due to inpermeable building’s parterre connected with surrounding faculties, neither spatially, nor even visually. Our ideal proposal completely removes the parterre of the arsenal building, what forms new public square - academic forum a meeting place for students as well as the public. The library is floating over the forum, as an institution representing an erudition.


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Concept ~ Collage ~ Workshop workshop project 2015

Continiously flowing space underneath the originaly arsenal building of today’s university library creating a new public space of academic forum.


Boatyard in the Chateau Garden studio project 2013

BOATYARD IN THE CHATEAU GARDEN

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The Chateau Garden in city Kromeříž is a place offering an opportunity to relax from noise and hectic urban living. It is an isolated world with its own life. It is filled by rare vegetation and free-living animals. The place appears dreamy or even fairy. Arboraceous areas varies with spacious meadows and lakes. The garden emanates nature impression, it occurs mystical, creates moments of surprice and unusual views.

STUDIO PROJECT ~ SECOND YEAR OF STUDY ~ 2013 FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE ~ BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

The Chateau Garden belongs to UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage. The formation of the garden dates from 15th century. Since then, its function and the appearence has started changing. In 19th century it was rebuild into an English landscape park with variety of small romantic buildings and elements. Essential part of this project was to build on the existing qualities and characteristics of the garden and to use its potential for creating a facility for vositor’s boating. The work tries to avoid creting an attraction, but more likely forming an intervention that preserves and supports the intimacy and charm of the place at the same time.


Boatyard in the Chateau Garden studio project 2013

A place for resting and observing a charm of the extraordinary ambient of Chateau Garden. From operative and capacitive terms, building is used for storage of two smaller boats, but it is also used by a caretaker during the day, who could enable boating to interested persons. At the same time, this building can be used as a small workshop for small repairs and maintenance of the building and its surroundings. The building extends into space by freestanding walls that are geometrically linked to it. These walls precisely define position and direction of the pier, which protrudes above the level of the pond. They visually support passageway to the end of the pier. Their position highlights to passer-by remarkable place and views through it. A person can sit indide and enjoy the athmosphere of Chateau Garden.

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A HOUSE OF AN ARCHITECT

A House of an Architect studio project 2012

The object matter of the studio project was designing a house for an architect which would merge function of comfortable housing for a family and architectural studio, used not only by the owner, but also by the staff. The project suggests, that the border between worlds of work and living doesn’t have to be always so strictly settled.

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The site is situated in broader town centre in the district Staré Brno on Kopečná Street. It is in a close connection to the historical town centre and its dominants. The surroundings of the site is rich in urban

STUDIO PROJECT ~ SECOND YEAR OF STUDY ~ 2012 FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE ~ BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

green areas, such as Park Studánka and Denis’ Gardens. In the north-east direction lies Husova Street, which is a part of the circle thoroughfare. The ground-plot of the house lies in the gap. From the south-easten side it is abutting with the four-floored flat-building from 30’s. The north-western border is formed by single-floored house from 18th century. Designing the volume considers the height difference between the adjacent houses. The intention was to highlight the unique small baroque house, which molds the street character, by subsiding the volume of designed building. The subsiding of building volume creates space built on the rised onto terrain with height of one floor. That shapes the continual street ground floor ‘parterre’ in whole width of the ground-plot. In the height level of the first floor is formed the space for relaxation garden, which is connected by terrain adjustments with the outside terrace on the second floor. From the front and rear view, the designed building aligns with facade of flat-house and raises the height of five floors.


Ground floor

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

A House of an Architect studio project 2012

Fourth floor

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A distinctive feature of the house is a considerable space devoted to external living space of gardens and terraces.


The functions and dispositions of the house are based on vertical segmentation. It is affected mostly by the requirements for space and light, which are variable considering the plot-terrain characteristics. A House of an Architect studio project 2012

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Ground floor

Ground floor is embedded into terrain, accessible from the street, includes common entrance for inhabitants and staff, technical house services and requires no direct illumination. In the first floor is located architectural studio. Interior is connected with garden formed between the designed and surrounding house volumes. The remaining three floors are used as living space for family. The second floor has access to exterior terrace tied with steep cragged terrain. The terrace on the top floor offers panoramatic view on the city.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Longitudinal section


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A House of an Architect studio project 2012

Upper image: Front elevation Lower image: Side elevation


Sports Complex in Lovosice competition project 2014

SPORTS COMPLEX IN LOVOSICE

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The site for small town sports centre is located on the riverside of Elbe. Currently, the area is unused and abandoned and forms the barrier between the town and its riverside. The site faced floods several times in its history and sometimes very extensively. The primary intention of designing the sports complex was to reflect flooding problems while creating a vibrant zone for recreation, sport and cultural activities for the town and its inhabitants.

ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION ~ 2014 IN CO-OPERATION WITH: BARBORA JURÍČKOVÁ

The essential visions is a motif of interconnection between historical centre of Lovosice, through the designed area to the river. The buildings orientation opens the city towards the riverside. The other effort was to minimize the risk of flooding in the newly created space. Proposal consist in a creation of a space protected against flooding. The protection is designed in the form of an embankment. The embankment is shallowly descending to the newly created public space and it becomes its inherent part. It is used as amphitheatre or for watching sports activities. Northern side of the area is protected by a jagged concrete wall. It serves as a navigational element towards the river. In its stepped shape occurs space for small services. Volume of sports centre building is bridged over the creek with the opposite section, which is the background of summer swimming pool. This connection allows variable use of different functions of the building, such as sports, sauna, caffé and restaurant for visitors of summer swimming pool along with sports centre visitors.


Ground plan

Sports Complex in Lovosice competition project 2014

Ground floor

First floor

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SOCIAL HOUSING

Social Housing studio project 2014

This work focuses on an issue of habitation for poor social class, specifically families with children living in destitution. Whether this disadvantaged position in society is temporary or permanent, it causes their inability to ensure stable housing without help of others. The solution could be an affordable housing project.

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The purpose is designing the housing project that would be new large-scale residential district. Important aspects are sustainability and partial food self-sufficiency, notably achieved by creating urban edible orchards and gardens. Res-

STUDIO PROJECT ~ THIRD YEAR OF STUDY ~ 2014 FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE ~ BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

idential blocks will operate as a system of community housing with shared spaces and facilities, thereby it will reduce housing expenditures of families. Selected location is the area of the old ammunition factory, Zbrojovka Brno, intended to be demolished. Urban structure is composed by module which is a residential block. It consists of nine housing units, a community house and shared courtyard. Density of buildings is very high. Streets are narrow and tailored especially for pedestrians. Motor-vehicle traffic is limited to an operative minimum. The public space is formed predominantly by extensive urban food forest. In stages small squares with local shops and pubs are formed at certain places. Development of the area is divided into stages. This gradual development proceeds in the long term. Residents, which participate in the progress, are motivated to work on their own living space. This implies availability of new job vacancies.


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Social Housing studio project 2014

The growing district will temporarily exist in provisional state as long as it reaches certain - final - stage as shown on a site plan.


Upper image: Ground floor Lower image: First floor Social Housing studio project 2014

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Residential block is formed of stepped volume, what increases global illuminance of courtyard and streets. Half the space of first floor is covered by large terraces. This purposely created space allows family crop growing in wooden boxes. Flat is spatially sufficient for family with two or three children.


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Social Housing studio project 2014

Upper image: Elevation on longer side of residential block Lower image: Section crossing the block trhough the community coutyard


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