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Educational background : 2016 : Master degree with distinction from UCL - LOCI 2014 - 2016 : UCL - Faculté d’architecture, d’ingénierie architecturale, d’urbanisme (LOCI), Bruxelles (Master) 2011 - 2014 : Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism (Bachelor) 2007 - 2011 : ‘‘ J.L. Calderon ‘‘ high school, Timisoara, Romania, French bilingual department of mathematics and informatics

Work experience : 2015 - 2016 : 1 year intern at Charles Kaisin, Brussels 2013 - 2014 : Volunteer (Teacher) in the program De-a Arhitectura (Playing Architecture) 2014 : National coordinator of the anual architecture student’s competition a.a.s.c.

Competitions & awards : 2016 : (pending) Nomination by LOCI Bxl at a international competition (P. 01) 2016 : (pending) Nomination by LOCI Bxl at a national competition (P. 01) 2015 : Mention at Krakow Oxygen Home Competition (P. 06) 2014 : First - Prize at M.I.L.D. Home eco-village (P. 05) 2013 : Finalist at the annual architecture student’s competition (P. 07)

Personal information : First name, Surname : Razvan

Vingan Date and place of birth : 02.02.1992, Timisoara, RO Telephone : +40 727 746 785, +32 496 702 146 Email : Languages : French, English, Romanian

Publcations : - (P. 01) - (P. 06) - build_an_eco_green_village_b (P. 05) - (P. 07, 11)

Expo : - UCL - LOCI expo 2016 (P. 01) - Romanian Design Week 2014 (P. 05) 2

selected works presented in this portfolio other works in different european contexts 3





01 architecture

The new bazaar - Diploma


Loci Bxl


02 architecture

A cultural Center


Loci Bxl


03 architecture

Collective housing


Fau Tm


04 architecture

The hostel


Fau Tm





Eco - village

Caras - Severin

Fau Tm




Oxygen home


Loci Bxl




A.a.s.c. - c.a.s.a.

Tirgu - Mures

Fau Tm




The other side of memories


Loci Bxl




A city gate


Loci Bxl




Basin vergote masterplan


Loci Bxl




A.a.s.c. - c.a.s.a poster

Baia - Mare

Fau Tm






Loci Bxl




Coat hanger


Loci Bxl




Paper lamp


Loci Bxl




Bread basket


Loci Bxl




Popcorn bowl


Loci Bxl



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The new bazaar A counterpoint to the promenade along the bazaars of Istanbul


Site plan 1:2500 7

Task : the design of a project that answers specific urban questions identified by each student

Program : Bazaar, collective housing, rooftop parc Site area : Students choice Land use : Students choice Max. height : in fonction of the neighbouring buildings

Type of exercise : diploma Time to design : 4 months Project tutors : arch. prof. CĂŠcile Chanvillard arch. prof. Christine Fontaine arch. prof. Christophe Gillis arch. prof. Thierry Kandjee arch. prof. Marc Lacour arch. prof. Pascale Van de Kerchove

The site of the project is situated at the south end of the Galata Bridge, in the historic center of Istanbul. The first intervention on the site was to put underground the large vehicle artery which was a barrier throughout the public promenade between the historical center (the built) and the Golden Horn (the water). The next intervention was to create a new tram line which went alongside the Golden Horn together with a new intermodal node that regroups all the buss, ferry, taxi and tram stops in a sole spot. The proposed building – a programmatic hybrid between a green promenade on the roof, collective housing and a hotel at the intermediaries levels and a new market at the ground floor, represents a centerpiece in the commercial promenade that begins with the Great Bazaar, continues through the historic center and finishes with the Egyptian bazaar and the restaurants underneath the Galata Bridge. The ground-floor hosts specific functions for the new bazaar: fruit and vegetable stands, workshops for craftsmen and small merchants or restaurants and bars that activate the public space during the night. The shape of the building is inspired by the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian bazaar, covered structures throughout which one can have a unique shopping experience. The linear shape is zigzagging along the site in order to create a single covered path (as in the case of the Egyptian Bazaar) that is juxtaposed by numerous secondary access points from the site (as in the case of the Grand Bazaar). The ground floor structure is composed by a series of half-arch modulated pillars that are realized from compressed precast concrete. Since there are various widths to the existing spans, in order to stabilize the pillars, the concrete volume in the right side of the pillar equals the concrete volume of the left side. This principle also gives the different heights of the arches. Through the arched form of the pillars, the project reinterprets and raises questions on how one can challenge the use of contemporary arches in sites that have such structural historic pedigree. The facades of the building that cover the hotel and residential level have a unitary treatment, using wooden brise-soleils that are light and complement the tectonics of the ground floor. They can be folded and translated in order to control the amount of daylight that enters in the apartments. This is a reference to another specificity of Istanbul: the wooden houses. Another issue that the project takes into consideration was to make the junction between the building and the green promenades that exist or are planned around the site. Thereby, a public accessible green roof offers a new urban promenade and beautiful panoramic views across the historic city. The strong gesture of giving the public access to the rooftop of the building by two monumental stairs wants to offer a three dimensional experience of the historic city and to contradict the existing politicized vision of planning in Istanbul that subjugates and doesn’t take into consideration parks, green promenades, gardens, etc.

Sa = Sb structural module concept.

intermodal node.

view from the rooftop towards the galata tower


urban and structure sequences during the commercial promenade through the bazaars of istanbul

building form refference.


building form refference.

urban rooftop connexions.

Longitudinal section 1

Longitudinal section 2

Transversal section


Transversal section zoom


Site ground floor plan



Site ground floor plan zoom

Generic floor plan




A cultural center The programmatic hybrid between a library and an Elizabethan theater that work at different scales : the metropole, the neighbourhood and the site


Site plan 17

Task : The design of a cultural center with an auditorium

Program : Cultural center Site area : Students choice Land use : Students choice Max. height : Students choice Type of exercise : Semester project Allowed time to design : 3 months Project tutors : arch. prof. Manuel Beldars arch. prof. Abdel Boulaioun arch. prof. Benoit Thielemans arch. prof. Jean Louis Vanden Eynde arch. prof. David Vandenbroucke Co-author : arch. stud. Nicolas Dours


main challenge of this project is the cultural and social integration of the new community around the existing one, after the realization of the new buildings along the vergote basin. The will to have a public space as a social and cultural coagulant led us to create a public square, facing the big void of the canal, bordered by our building and the other access to the site. The programs: a theater and a library allows the use of the buildings spaces throughout the entire day until the late evening, thus having a great flexibility. An area of external representation, an urban infrastructure that will allow the development of several external events to which the public will have the easiest possible access, has also led us to the realization of a theater that can be opened outwards. Shakespeare said in his monologue As You Like It that “All the world’s a stage”, an idea that is used as a starting point for the project, precisely to coagulate the communities by cultural and public events. The Elizabethan theater responds simultaneously at the city scale, turning to all communities because such a theatre hall doesn’t exist elsewhere in Brussels and also at the neighborhood scale by its placement, its dimensions and flexibility. The hall in its form takes into consideration the essential characteristics of the old Elizabethan theatre and the ancient inns where this type of theater was born : the relationship between the artist with the viewer that is more intimate and lively, the multifunctionality of the courtyard and its link with the outside. The atmosphere of the theatre is determined by its dimensions and positioning of stands, with its materiality and its orientation. The library and the administration come to wrap the volume of the theater, resolving its required acoustics. An exhibition space with a coffee bar provides great permeability of the ground floor. At the first level, one can find the library with its reception. The second and third levels are reserved for working spaces, reading niches, studies and the theater and library administration. The north side of the building oriented towards the park acts during the performances as a multilevel foyer for the theater, while during the day, it works as a reading zone. The Cultural Centre marks the end of the walk in the park and at the same time serves as a possible outdoor stage to the public square where one can arrive by the bridge.

closed elisabethan configuration.

closed italian configuration.

closed ‘‘arene’’ configuration.

opened elisabethan configuration.

opened italian configuration.

open plan configuration.


Transversal section


Floor plans

Longitudinal section 20

Axonometric view of the site 21

Collective housing Occupying in a democratic fashion the site along the Bega River



Site plan 1:500

Task : The design of 11 apartments for 11 families that are friends

Program : Small collective housing Site area : 2500 sqm Land use : Max. 40% Max. height : Max. 5 levels Type of exercise : Year project Allowed time to design : 7 months Project tutors : arch. prof. Marius Harta arch. prof. Miodrag Popov

The main ideea for this project stands in the fact that small quality collective housing should be reintroduced in the public’s residential options when buying a new appartment. The design task was realized by our group of 10 students thus making us to respect the constraints that we have elaborated in the first place, during the design of the small collective housing project. Our main vision was to create a friendly community where our children could grow up in a pleasant and proper enviromnent where we would all socialize. Another goal was also to invite other people into our community in order to show them how collective housing really enhances our lives when properly designed. The new General Urbanistic Plan proposes a green corridor paralel to the Bega river. In order to better integrate our project in the new GUP, I proposed not only a promenade with its bike alley, but also the extension of the park area that currently exists near the Bega river. Thus our building can be found in a park. The presence of commercial spaces on our site and other community activities enhances the quality and attractivity of the promenade in the park. The choice of making 3 volumes resides in the fact that small communities identify themselves better in smaller scaled buildings with well defined exterior spaces. The northern volume is oriented towards the river, the middle one has views towards the street and the river while the last one watches the interior courtyard and the street. A central courtyard allows both intimacy and opennes. A cafe comes to connect itself to the landscaped stair accessing the site. On the other side, a small courtyard solves the private exterior space needed by the two families specified in the original design task.

The distance and the heigths of the three buildings allow maximum southern light exposure during the shortest winter day.

The project has a larger vision, inviting also other people in the interior courtyard. Multiple permeable pockets would allow a high quality living space in a new park.

The facades are oriented in such a way that all living interior spaces receive the southern sunlight.


Ground floor plan building A

First floor plan building A

Courtyard perspective 1 25

Ground floor plan building C

Firs floor plan building C

Second floor plan building C

Section through the three buildings 26

Ground floor plan building B

First floor plan building B

Courtyard perspective 2 27

The hostel A new way to discover a part of the social and cultural life of foreign cities


Site plan 1:500 29

Task : The design of a hostel which could receive 20 tourists. Program : hostel + cafe Site area : 127 sqm Land use : 50% max. Max. height : 12,32m Type of exercise : exam

A 5 meter street front waits for its future integration in the historical urban fabric.

The two volumes allow a public/ private configuration of the building.


hostel program is generally addressed to a niche of tourists (usually young people) who visit cities in order to learn from other cultures. For them it is very important that the hostel will be financially accessible. It should also give them the opportunity to socialize with other people. The project proposes a hostel that relies on the dialogue between tourists and locals. In this temporary microcuminity composed of tourists and locals, the visitors will have a better insight on the city’s social environment, on its culture by sharing opinions with the locals. The hostel is composed of two volumes : a public one that houses a cafeteria and common areas for the tourists and the locals; and a private one that houses the tourists. The hostel has also a library (the shelves on the northern wall) that works as a cultural bond between tourists and locals. Anyone can come and take a book to read or submit a book for others to read.

Like an empty shelf, the site is without a building.

The site lacks quality light because of

The two voids are articulated around

The public volume could become trans-

the two volumes in order to allow views, ventilation and light in all spaces.

lucent and this allows more light in the public void.

the high density construction rate from the neighbouring


Closed facade 1:200


Opened facade 1:200

Ground floor plan 1:200

First floor plan 1:200

Second floor plan 1:200

Third floor plan 1:200


Longitudinal section 1:200


Eco - village A modulated wodden house that needs to reconcile the relationship between built environnement and nature


Site plan 1:1000


Task : The design of an eco-village together with a house prototype

Program : eco - house Site area : 25000 sqm Land use : Students choice Max. height : Students choice Type of exercise : competition Project tutors : arch. prof. Claudiu Toma Co-author : arch. stud. Dragos Nistor

The vision.

During the last years, in romania the state lost control over illegal forest deforestations. Very few trees are planted and the existing wood is valorified mainly on the black markets. Through education and by designing a contemporary, nature friendly home people can learn to appreciate more their natural surroundings. An ideal village is created where people with different needs and different families could live in a community with strong nature protecting values.The traditional wooden forest house is reinterpreted by adapting it to the contemporary needs. Its relationship with the exterior is enhanced by creating more orientations thus better iluminated interior spaces. The exterior space is determined by three different courtyards : the first one is an exterior receipt courtyard where neighbours who pass by could use it as a social space with the family who lives in the house. The dining, the living and the children’s room are focused towards the second courtyard which can be seen from all the the interior spaces. The social interior space is equally present in the life of the family as is the second courtyard (nature = built environment). The third courtyard is a private courtyard which can be used by the family as a retreat spot.

The inspiration for the house relies in the traditional forest house with a porch.

By miroring the central space from the central porch the house gains: more orientations, more intimate and well defined interior and exterior spaces.

The house is modular, ranging from 2 to 4 modules keeping its original concept.

The principal elements that compose the house are the three living zones, the porch and the three green pockets.

The form of one module can be adapted in many volume configurations being able to properly orientate the house towards the southern sunlight.


Floor plan 3 modules 1:200


Sections 1:250


Floor plan 2 modules


Floor plan 4 modules

Oxygen home A day care center for lung cancer patients as part of the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Institute of Oncology


Site plan 1:750


Task : The design of a care center for lung cancer patients as part of the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Institute of Oncology

Program : Post diagnosis cancer treatment center

Site area : 200 sqm Land use : Students choice Max. height : Students choice Type of exercise : competition Co-authors : arch. stud. Dragos Nistor Medicine stud. Ana-Maria Ignat

Before engaging the design task, one must understand the process of fighting with cancer and the way it burdens the patient both physically and mentally. Our findings, based on testimonials, discussions and research gave us a picture of the people suffering from such a condition, whom once they find out about it, shift their life focus on fighting the disease. We want to emphasize this focus towards fighting with cancer in a building that turns it’s back on the surroundings in a gesture of extreme intimacy and constraint. Wrapped around a private court, the day care center provides its inhabitants a good, natural atmosphere which is controlled and disconnected from the outside. Faced with the difficult task of choosing which area of the park to sacrifice for the new construction, we decided it must have a minimal impact on the perception of the park. A camouflage of mirrors is a tool often used to enlarge the boundaries of a space, but for this building it also has the role of making it disappear. The high tech shell is our response to the dilemma of housing a necessary function in a place where an object is not desired. Our building is any other building on site. Our building is any other tree, person or event from the site. Our building is not a building, but an activity, a process that goes on inside a secluded space placed in a most public and curious environment. All eyes are upon us, yet no one can see us. The volume supports the need of privacy by candour. Lack of details allows for a perfect cover with the reflective surface. The roof, sloped towards the south, makes a transition from the two story volume of the northern wing to the single level at the south: from the scale of the Marie Curie memorial house to the scale of the entrance. The decision to link the building to the free wall of the memorial house was made in order to enclose a private space in the form of a courtyard. The old tree contained by the yard marks the entrance and acts as a link between the house and it’s exterior. The court yard is also the main source of light and a place for sport activities, lounging or relaxation.

Group therapy.


Music therapy.


Yoga classes.

Sports and board games.



Exterior axonometric view with the buildings camouflage in the site

Day perspective towards the building

Night perspective towards the building 44

Interior axonometric view with the buildings space organisation 45

A.A.S.C. - C.A.S.A A small collective housing building at the border between two different urban fabrics


Site plan 1:500


Task : The design of three apartments Program : small collective housing Site area : 365 sqm Land use : max. 60% Max. height : Students choice Type of exercise : competition & school semester project

Project tutors : arch. prof. Oana Simionescu arch. prof. Bogdan Demetrescu


from the analyses of the site I noticed the presence of two entities whose communication is sometimes poor. The site is located on the border between two different height regimes and different land occupations, different urban fabrics at different scales (patio land, independent courts) which cause a sudden transition from one area to another (urban). Disagreements between different social, ethnic groups lead to separate communities, which gradually isolate one from each other (social). The project aims to achieve a transition between the two areas and to reintroduce good neighbourly communication among different individuals / groups. The common areas downstairs and the upstairs courtyard act as a social binder for the young. the children’s workshop is for both residents with children/ grandchildren in the west of the site and also for families from other neighborhoods who can leave their children after school in this space. The eastern volume is destined for a person with physical disabilities while the western volume hosts two apartments for young persons.

The house will relate itself to the nearby park (public space) and it will offer at the same time a patio (private space).

The communication between two

The courtyard is elevated one storey up thus receiving more light.

The children’s workshop opens towards the residential area nearby.

separate entities will occur through the common spaces on the ground floor.

The children’s workshop opens towards the residential area nearby.

Spatial distribution. 48

Second floor plan 1:250 49

First floor plan 1:250

Ground floor plan 1:250

Longitudinal elevation 1:250 50

Longitudinal section 1:250 51

Experimental architectural preservation should address a much greater scale than that of a single building. The last and most valuable treasure of humanity is its memory. Architectural preservation transcends built environment, it transcends time. In order to have different memories, we need a place where we will forever feel the same experience but in different stages of its changing history. In an effort to find a specific trait of Pyramiden, that one can find nowhere else, we discussed matters such as historical relevance, geographical position and climate conditions, all of which contribute to the fact that this town could very well be the best-preserved urban form on the planet. Auto-preservation is therefore one of the characteristics of this place: its decay is greatly slowed down by the cold, nonhumid climate; it kind of knows what to do naturally. In some ways, no intervention is needed, solitude being the most defining feature of Pyramiden. The uniqueness of

the site relies on the relationship between the magnificient landscape and its few soviet constructions which are very well preserved. We didn’t want to make out of Pyramiden the town of nobody like it is today and neither the town of everybody in order to reverse its main feature, but rather the town of the few, the most brave, the most adventurous like it was in the collective memory of the past. Confirmed researches show that the ocean level will grow 0.5cm every year due to global warming. In the worst-case scenario, where all ice on earth would melt, the sea level will rise exactly by 79m as of this moment. Our proposal comes as a reaction to the imminent danger that the natural environment poses to our society, to our lifes, to our memories; danger that has been produced by us, humans. The ocean will be stopped in its attempt to flood Pyramiden by an ultimate design of mankind, a wall that will preserve the memory and the

features of the site. The mirror side of the wall reflects the natural surroundings, thus hiding the ghost town. Year after year, as the sea level increases in height, the acces stair on the site sinks lower into the water like a biological clock of our planet. As time passes, the stair will become shorter and shorter like an hourglass that keeps running out of sand. By its position and dimensions, the stair could be climbed by one adventurer at a time, the conquerors of Pyramiden will reach the peak alone. The only resting point could be found by the end of the stair, on top of the wall where one can experiment all the overwhelming surroundings in their perfectly preserved state. The descent towards the town is made by a ladder, thus making the visitor climb down facing the wall, and watching the rise of the sea level with its surroundings through the transparent side of the wall.

The other side of memories



Task : the design of a city gate



Gate + info panels

Only info panels forming a gate

panels integrated in nature



Basin Vergote Masterplan

Longitudinal section 56

Transversal section 2

Transversal section 1 57

The site and its borders

The canal.

Jules de Troze intersection.

Green alley.

Future site configuration for study by groups.

Future mineral promenade.

Future green promenade.

Future green traffic shared boulevard.

Future reopened Senne. 58

Masterplan concept

The masterplan proposes a promenade paralel to the Vergote basin, being rhythmed by sequances of void spaces (dilated or comprimated) betwen the Canal, the Senne and the Green Alley

Designing links between the three the Senne and the Green Alley.

The second space continues the promenade on the basin shores close to the Senne.



main spaces:



The first space makes the connection between the basin and the Senne by a half mineral half vegetal square.

third space makes the jonction between the the promenade and the shore.

Green Aley,

Masterplan goals : - Densification We want to

obtain an ideal ratio between the number of people that will use this site and the space quality (private or public) that they will use.

- Human scale of public spaces We wanted to determine the

best possible our public space so we chose to work with multiple voids at different scales and characteristics that forme together our promenade.

tower responds to multiple scales: the city’s, the neighbourhood’s and the site’s. It marks the access of the neighbourhood and of the basin from the exterior of the city. It frames the basin void and it closes the intersection that produces to much noise.

The square creates a void complementary to the tower and to the basin. It marks

Generating axes for the square : shadowed and lighted zone.


big English lawn oriented towards the canal is an extroverted space. The little lawns are oriented towards the river and are more intimate, more introverted.


The end of the promenade is marked by a



- Revitalizing our unique elements The canal, the Senne and the Green Alley

building that makes the jonction between the Green Alley and the promenade.


rotations allow a better jonction and a larger fluidity to the promenade.

the promenade and it offers a calm spot oriented towards the basin, oposed to the intersections noise.

orientation of the buildings is perpendicular to the canal, which cuts the landscape, brings towards the Senne in a series of sequances that propose different spatial and visual approaches.

texture of the buildings front towards the Green Alley is maintained on the site. Larger openings allow views towards the void of the canal.



Low rent collective houses.

Medium rent collective houses.

high rent collective housing.

Individual offices or coworking.


Communal swimming pool - Spa.

Event - hall.


Task : The

design of the annual architecture students competition. by dripping, we realized multiple samples of posters that we retouched afterwards in photoshop. The competitions design task was to realize several artist homes so the dripping technique seamed appropiate for this years poster.

Solution :


Task: The

design of an object that could trace itself a phisical line. the object can be mechanical but not actioned by batteries or other electric machines.

Project tutor: arch. Charles Kaisin


Task : The design of a coat hanger Materials : wood Project tutor : arch. Charles Kaisin



Task : The design of a lamp Materials : paper Project tutor : arch. Charles Kaisin



Task : The

design of an object, a little breadbasket destined to receive two or three little breads (6cm diameter sphere). special paper, one side white, the other fluo orange.

Materials :

Process : folding, cutting and binding Theme : geometry Project tutor : arch. Charles Kaisin







Vingan Razvan architecture portfolio 2016