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RUXANDRA BĂLĂNICĂ - selected works -

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arh. Ruxandra Bălănică Vienna, Austria ruxandra.balanica@gmail.com +436606779881

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CURRICULUM VITAE

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EXPERIENCE

2015 - 2017 / xArchitekten, Vienna Breitenleerstrasse, Vienna - housing project [developed the conceptual phase and planned the permit application] Wohnen an der Wien, Vienna - housing project [planned the permit application as part of the team, developed design and constructive details independently], Alpengarten [worked on the preliminary design proposal independently], Ferienbox in Hüttschlag [worked on the preliminary design proposal independently], Ferienhaus S. [worked on the preliminary design proposal independently], First Optiker interior design [worked on the preliminary design proposal independently] 2014 / Internship at Architekturbüro Elsa Prochazka, Vienna developed the proposal for Guggenheim Helsinki competition as part of a two-member team

EDUCATION

2009 - 2015 / Masters of Architecture Degree Faculty of architecture, Universitatea Politehnică Timișoara, Romania 2014 / Erasmus programme Faculty of architecture, Universita Degli Studi di Palermo, Italy

ACTIVITIES

2012 - 2013 / EASA [European Architecture Students Assembly] member of the international young architects’ network started in 1981, which, in collaboration with professional architects and artists, investigates today’s architecture, city and technology. 2013 / EASA Illumidentity Workshop developed new skills in shaping space using 3d mapping and projections 2013 / Studentfest PARADOX Workshop part of the team that designed and built an art installation representing the escape from the daily society’s contradictions 2012 / Studentfest INERT Spaces of Representation Workshop part of the team that designed and developed an installation meant to question the everyday manifestations of concepts like control and liberty, banality and representation or individual and common 2012 / EASA Illusion Workshop part of the team that designed and built an installation that creates space using optical illusions 2006 - 2008 / AT4T member of the cultural association founded in 2001 that organizes the Theatre Festival for Teenagers in Timisoara

SKILLS

Revit , ArchicCAD, Vectorworks, Artlantis, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Sketchup, MS Office, AutoCAD, Adobe Premiere, Resolume Arena, rendering, model making

INTERESTS

traveling, fashion, design, reading, cooking, manufacturing, event organizing

LANGUAGES

English [C1 - TOEFL], Romanian [native], German [B1 intermediate], Italian [B1 intermediate], French [A2 elementary] [5]


CONTENT

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01 / BREITENLEERSTRASSE Vienna, Austria [p. 8]

02 / FERIENBOX Hüttschlag, Austria [p. 18]

03 / FIRSTOPTIKER Vienna, Austria [p. 28]

04 / ALPENGARTEN Vienna, Austria [p. 32]

05 / GUGGENHEIM Helsinki, Finland [p. 40]

06 / ECOLIBRI Timisoara, Romania [p. 50]

07 / CHAISE LOUNGE [p. 58]

08 / WORKSHOPS [p. 64]

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BREITENLEERSTRASSE HOUSING PROJECT

xArchitekten Stix und Partner Immobilien 1220 Vienna, Austria

A HOUSING COMPLEX team project PURPOSE: Designing a diverse housing project on a problematic site. The main issues include the neighboring recycling facility on the east side of the site and the narrow and elongated shape of the terrain. CONCEPT: “divide et impera� - dividing the terrain into four types of housing: apartments in the existing historic house, a new apartment building, patio houses and row houses. This division is based on the strict building regulations that require the preservation of certain green areas on the site as well as height and area limitations. In accordance to these regulations we wanted to maintain the spirit of the place, a predominant rural area with large green spaces and small houses, and created a complex of buildings connected by courtyards, pathways, parks and playgrounds exclusively for pedestrians. ROLE: I was part of a two-person team that developed the design phase [Entwurf] and the permission planning [Einreichung]. My role was to develop the proposal for the apartment building and the existing house. I designed the floorplans, facades and outdoor areas.

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Stadlbreiten

Strasse

Breitenleerstrasse

VIENNA, BREITENLEERSTRASSE 1220

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BREITENLEERSTRASSE ACCESS TO THE EXISTING BUILDING >

ENTRANCE COURTYARD >

PLAYGROUND PROPOSAL AREA >

PATIO HOUSES PROPOSAL AREA >

SITE LOCATION <

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EXISTING BUILDINGS [ restoring the street side house in order to maintain the spirit of the place ] DEMOLITION CONCEPT [ making way for a contemporary style of living by giving up on the agricultural buildings on the site ] < OPEN SPACE CONCEPT [ courtyards, parks and playgrounds connecting the built environment ] BULT SPACE DISTRIBUTION <

NOISE CONCEPT protective elements <

GEOMETRY defined by the relationship between interior and exterior space and the building code <

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MAIN COURTYARD VIEW [ access to the apartments ] The protective elements are designed to enhance the life quality of the residents by screening the unwanted visual and noise pollution from the neighboring recycling facility. These elements allow light and air onto the passageway.

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ACCESS ALLEY TO THE PATIO-HOUSES [apartment building in the background]

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DACHGESCHOSS 2nd FLOOR APARTMENTS >

OBERGESCHOSS 1st FLOOR APARTMENTS >

ERDGESCHOSS GROUND FLOOR APARTMENTS OFFICE COMMON SPACES >

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20 m


STREET FACADE

SOUTH FACADE

EAST FACADE

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GARDEN VIEW OF THE APARTMENT BUILDING

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FERIENBOX HOLIDAY HOUSE xArchitekten Hüttschlag, Salzburg, Austria

A HOLIDAY BOX PURPOSE: Creating a small holiday home for a family on the parents’ house site, on top of an existing shed. CONCEPT: A versatile box, easily adaptable to intense use or complete shutdown during the time of non-use. The main factors that influenced the proposal are the need for privacy from both the main street and the parents’ house while allowing light in and opening up to the beautiful views of the small alpine village. Another requirement was to create large open spaces for the family to gather both indoors and outdoors. This resulted in a box like concept, a simple volume that opens up and offers generous terraces at ground level as well as on the roof. Huge windows allow the cabin to bathe in the sunlight and create lines of sight towards interest points. ROLE: This project was designed only up to the predesign phase [Vorentwurf] and my role was to create the proposal including all the drawings and visualizations presented further.

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HÜTTSCHLAG, SALZBURG

LANDESSTRASSE

SITE LOCATION

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NORTH WEST VIEW >

SOUTH EAST VIEW >

EXISTING HOUSE >

HรœTTSCHLAG [ Huettschlag-grossarltal by Hotel Almrรถsl CC BY-SA 4.0 ] >

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RAISING THE HOUSE DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF FLOODING >

USING THE EXISTING CONCRETE WALLS AND ADDING COLUMNS AS STRUCTURAL BEARERS >

CREATING A SIMPLE VOLUME >

PROVIDING PRIVACY FROM THE MAIN STREET AND THE EXISTING HOUSE WHILE OPENING LINES OF SITE TOWARDS THE INTEREST POINTS OF THE VILLAGE >

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USABILITY CONCEPT [ the holiday house can be adapted to both situations of usability: open to the surroundings yet providing intimacy by limiting the view inside the house and complete shutdown by closing the shutters when not in use ]

EAST VIEW

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LIVING ROOM AND KITCHEN

The interior design evokes the coziness and familiarity of an alpine house by using warm wood essences that brighten up the box-house. Due to the small area of the cabin, and need of practicability, all storage spaces are integrated into the wooden walls. In addition, they serve as barriers between the living and sleeping areas.

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ROOFPLAN >

FIRST FLOOR >

GROUNDFLOOR >

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SECTION A <

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FIRST OPTIKER SHOWROOM / OFFICE xArchitekten 1140 Vienna, Austria

INTERIOR DESIGN PURPOSE: Creating a proposal of an office and showroom space for the First Optiker company. CONCEPT: A space for opticians to showcase their work should reflect the characteristics of their main object of interest: the lens. Inspired by it’s fluidity, transparency, curves and it’s ability to enhance vision [as well as a vision of the past and future] the concept was developed as a light filled transparent space able to transport a person through the stories of the past and forward towards the events of the future. ROLE: My role was to design the proposal in the phase of predesign [Vorentwurf].

VIENNA, BERGMILLERGASSE 1140

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The design process started from the lensesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; properties of refraction, reflection, transparency and shape and resulted in an organic modeling of the interior space: round, fluid glass and corian walls paired with thick white curtains that provide privacy if necessary. The long history of the company is depicted on the white walls as a testimony of time and a reminder of their legacy in Austria. The timeline transports the clients from the beginnings of the firm to the possible future they could be building together in the meeting room.

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RESTROOM

WAITING ROOM

OFFICE

OFFICE

KITCHEN

TECHNICAL ROOM

MEETING ROOM

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WELCOME AREA AND WAITING ROOM

THE MEETING ROOM

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ALPENGARTEN LANDSCAPE DESIGN xArchitekten 1140 Vienna, Austria

GARDEN / COURTYARD DESIGN PURPOSE: remodeling the courtyard of an existing house in order to improve the spatial qualities in terms of design and practicability as well as polishing up the facades CONCEPT: an arrangement of heights, light and materials adapted to the existing situation. The house was designed without regards to the existing terrain therefore, the main concept behind the design is to adapt to the current heights of the house entrances. The spatial orientation played an important role in the placement of the sun terrace and the patio area as well as the pool. The materials used are in harmony with nature, the house being situated in a green area of the city, namely on the street named Alpengarten [ the garden in the Alps] ROLE: My role was to design the proposal in the phase of predesign [Vorentwurf].

VIENNA, ALPENGARTENSTRASSE 1140

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THE HOUSE FROM ALPENGARTENSTRASSE >

THE HOUSE FROM ALPENGARTENSTRASSE >

THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NEIGHBORING HOUSE >

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FIREPLACE AREA IN RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PATIO, THE POOL AND THE ENTRACES TO THE HOUSE [ on the ground floor as well as the first level ]

The main purpose of the proposal is he relationship of the house with its surroundings was non-existent and the design of the house is in contrast with the context in which it was built. The familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wish was to create an intimate and cozy outdoor area for them to enjoy alone or with friends and to remodel the facades.

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THE HOUSEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EXISTING TERRAIN AND THE NEIGHBORS >

PROPOSED AREAS AND HEIGHTS IN RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOUSE CARPORT

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ELEVATED ENTRANCE

SUN TERRACE

POOL

PATIO FIREPLACE

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WASTE BOX


CREATING A VISUAL BARRIER BOTH TO IMPROVE INTIMACY AND TO MAINTAIN THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SURROUNDINGS USING A SEMI-TRANSPARENT FENCE >

IMPROVING THE FACADE DESIGN BY LETTING NATURE BE FREE >

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PATIO AND FIREPLACE AREA DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE FAMILY DINNERS AND MEETINGS WITH FRIENDS.

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FIREPLACE

PATIO

RAMP

POOL

SUNTERRACE

CARPORT

PEDESTRIAN ACCESS

CAR ACCESS

TOPVIEW

STREET FACADE >

WASTEBOX

PEDESTRIAN GATE AND BELL

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CAR GATE


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GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM COMPETITION Elsa Prochazka ArchitekturbĂźro Helsinki, Finland

GUGGENHEIM HELSINKI COMPETITION team project PURPOSE: a new Guggenheim museum in Helsinki was envisioned to develop a distinguished profile for organizing and presenting internationally significant exhibitions of artworks from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries while also specializing in nordic art and architecture. An agent of change, created to explore the latest curatorial ideas, connect the public with artists, draw new audiences and tourists, and provide civic space where locals can gather and socialize. Distinctive, sustainable, and built for the long term, the museum wants to fulfill the promise of its prominent waterfront site close to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic center. CONCEPT: based on connections, both physical and social, we developed spaces that link important areas of the neighborhood [ the park, the harbour square and the port terminal ] in order to bring people toghether in the space of the museum. Three different main building parts host three different functions and are positioned according to their purpose [public, private and exhibitional spaces] conected by foyers, atriums and circulations. The design of the main exhibition hall was inspired by the visual qualities and shape of glaciers. ROLE: I was part of the two-member team that developed the design and proposal for the competition including all the drawings and visualizations.

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BIRDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EYE VIEW IMAGE OF THE PROPOSAL

SITEPLAN >

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SOUTH WEST VIEW

Located in the port of Helsinki, next to the main square, the museum has good connections with the historical city center and the nearby park. Our proposal maintains a strong relationship with the sea as well as with the city and green areas. These connections are important design factors that crate space for interactions and enjoyment both in the public outdoor areas and the semi-public indoor space.

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The concept was taken even further, using connections as a main theme of the project. Therefore, we designed three distinct volumes representing the main functions of the museum: the exhibition space, the public and the private space. The public and private areas are brought together by the exhibition space, wich is the main space of the museum, acting as the “glue” between the museum’s different functions.

CONCEPT

WEST FACADE

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MAIN ATRIUM AND PUBLIC ENTRANCE

EAST FACADE

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COFFEESHOP VIEW

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SECONDFLOOR >

FIRSTFLOOR >

GROUNDFLOOR >

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EXHIBITION HALL

SECTIION A

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Exhibition Programs and events Multi-purpose areas Visitors services Retail Dining Exterior terraces Circulation Restrooms Maintenance and operations Offices IT rooms and storage Collections storage and management

FUNCTIONS

SECTION B

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ECOLIBRI BOOKSTORE CAFE academic project Timisoara, Romania

ARCHITECTURE LIBRARY PURPOSE: designing an architecture library in a historical building using only two materials - fourth year project CONCEPT: ECOLIBRI - an ecological design The use of recycled cardboard and metal in addition to the reversibility of the interior design gives this library a low ecological footprint. I wanted to create a warm and friendly space with a multipurpose use: a library, a cafe and a movie room for thematic evenings, therefore the library is a mix between these types of spaces. The main room welcomes visitors with reading places and a coffeeshop while the second room is easily transformed into a small cinema space by rearranging the versatile cardboard chairs. The wall and ceiling furniture is made mainly of glued sheets of cardboard placed horizontally. The bookshelves are composed of assembled metal plates.

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MAIN ROOM OF THE LIBRAY

VIEW OF THE INTERIOR CARDBOARD STRUCTURE

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PLAN OF THE LIBRARY

VIEW OF THE MAIN SHELVES AND CARDBOARD CEILING STRUCTURE

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MAIN ROOM OF THE LIBRARY

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AXONOMETRY OF THE LIBRARY DESIGN Signaling the library entrance on a historic building facade by placing a perpendicular cardboard sign as a discreet and respectful marketing method.

MAIN FACADE

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DETAILS OF THE CEILING LAPMS [ the concentric cardboard blades create interesting lighting effects on the blank cardboard walls and ceiling ] >

DETAILS OF THE BAR STOOLS AND COFFEE TABLES [ a sturdy metallic pipe structure holds pressed cardboard plates for a more user friendly surface ] >

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MOVIE ROOM DURING A SCREENING

The chairs in the movie room are easily divided and spread for a movie theater arrangement of the room. They are designed in order to accommodate one chair into another for space saving and flexibility reasons.

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CHAISE LOUNGE FURNITURE DESIGN academic project

CHAISE LOUNGE / ROCKING CHAIR PURPOSE: designing a chair with a special system or design - third-year project CONCEPT: this is a double purpose chair: it has the function of a rocking chair and it transforms into a chaise lounge using a simple system of metallic legs that slide trough the arms of the chair. They can be locked and unlocked by a small metal ball hidden under the armrest, for easier use. MATERIALS: curved wood and metal

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metall clam and screw THE CHAIR IN A ROCKING CHAIR POSITION [ is able to rock back and forth ] >

wood metall profile

spring

wheel

THE CHAIR IN A CHAISE LOUNGE POSITION [ by sliding the metal leg down the chair is immobilized and can be used as a chaise lounge ] >

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THE CHAISE LOUNGE

The main idea behind this concept was to create an ergonomic piece of furniture with high functionality and multiple purposes as well as using warm and durable materials.

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ACADEMIC PROJECT

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metall clam and screw

SECTION A fixing method of the wooden elements >

SECTION A-A SECTION B mechanism inside the arm used for sliding the metallic leg

wood metall profile

spring

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SECTION B-B SECTION C magnet system inside the arm pictured in detail B >

wheel

SECTION C-C DETAIL A tenon and notch system used to fix the arm and the body of the chair >

tenon and notch system

DETAIL A DETAIL B magnetic system designed for fixing the leg in an upright position magnetic system for fixing >

the leg in an upright position

DETAIL B

DETAIL C metal element sliding over the metal ball element for an easy positioning metall sliding over the metall ball of the leg for an easy positioning of the leg >

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WORKSHOPS extracurricular activities

PURPOSE: these types of projects strengthen the hard skills taught in university while developing the social, communication and team work skills in an informal environment, all while being incredibly fun! ROLE: I took part in these workshops as a participant and my role, as a team member, was to find an idea and develop a design based on it. The different workshops allowed me to learn new things and also to put into practice what I was already taught in University.

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EASA ILLUMIDENTITY 2013 PURPOSE: Shaping new identity through light projection/ mapping - interweaving and multilayering of traditional local craftsmanship and new digital media. The process consisted of tracing the past, local identity, history and tradition, mapping the present, perception-shift and deconstruction of reality, interconnection and response reaction. The workshop consisted of two main tasks performed by two work groups. The construction group focused on building the surface and/or the structure on which it will be projected. Meanwhile the mapping group focused on programming the visuals and thus, enhance the theme with a theoretical background. I was part of the mapping group and had the chance to develop skills in new types of software like Resolume Arena, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere <

STUDENTFEST 2013 PURPOSE: This workshop was a live project, developed in real time in the local urban condition, where we tried to practice means and tools for producing the circumstances of the public space, other than what the administration or private interests are doing. The chosen site was the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main square, Piata Victoriei, a representational space where the commercial and administrative interests dominate in terms of space, geography and visibility, but where also conflictual situations, public resistance subversive claims or just manifestations of local survival appear. The wood workshop consisted of 5 different typologies of objects, the installations engaging directly in the real space, temporarily modifying the usages and the perceptions of the passer-byes and users. CONCEPT: Speaker was a series of one-to-one open talks with an architect, a lawyer and an actor, supported by 3 sitting structures, relating to the reticence of the authorities about organizing protests and rallies in this square (although this is the square where the Romanian Revolution in 1989 started). >

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EASA ILLUMIDENTITY 2012 PURPOSE: study optical illusions, recreate them and design a space using illusions. CONCEPT: creating alternate realities and distorting the perception of our surroundings both physically and metaphorically; working with a variety of media we tried to demonstrate that all is not as it seems, reality is only the method with which the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. > SUMMER WORKSHOP 2011 PURPOSE: design and build a playground at an inn in the countryside. CONCEPT: the concept follows the innâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concept, creating a medieval atmosphere of a castle that includes a wooden organic tunnel and a guard tower. The triangular frames of the tunnel support different types of games for children. The guard tower has an interior stair that allows access to the top and offers a beautiful view of the countryside. <

STUDENTFEST INERT 2012 PURPOSE: to revive the local outdoor cinema using mainly materials found on the site CONCEPT: INERT was the theme of the festival and this theme urges us to get out of inertia, to open our eyes, to wake up and look around, to participate in as many art events as possible. We remodeled the space of the outdoor cinema, giving it a fresh feeling and we held movie nights in hopes of reviving it. >

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