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My name is Tim Cousin. French and Swiss, I was born and raised in Annecy in France. I started my studies in Applied Arts in Lyon and later went to Switzerland to study architecture at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne, I finished my bachelor degree at the University of Tokyo in Japan. I then decided to take a break from studies to gain practical experience. I have been looking for innovative and poetic work which led me to intern at Junya Ishigami and O+H offices in Tokyo in between semesters, then at LocalArchitecture in Lausanne for six month, and currently at COBE architects in Copenhagen. I am still eager to discover new forms of practice around the world and I am looking for further opportunities to improve my understanding of architecture in the year to come.















FRAMEWORK COCOON Site : Lausanne (Vidy) Prof. Dieter Dietz - 1st year - Swiss Institute of Technology Lausanne Individual Project.

What would it be like to inhabit the formwork of the Colossus of Rhodes ? Design of a room using principles exctracted from the analysis of constructive components and spatial conditions of construction formworks. A complex framework holds a smooth surface, both are inhabited. A servant structure to host the programs supporting a served cocoon looking at the lake.


FORTIFIED CAVERN Site : French Alps (Fort de TamiĂŠ) Competition entry for Annecy International Caban Festival First Prize - Construction in July 2018 With Benjamin Lagarde and Clara Copiglia.

As child we build huts in the nature to find isolation and confort, a place to dream of impossible worlds. The caban must protect us to the hostile nature and offer a warm and domestic interior. The fortified cavern combine the protection of a fort and an introspective and playfull interior in the form a wood cavern. People hiking in the mountain are invited to cut themselves from the world and experience a temporary troglodyte ermitage to meditate on the view over the valley.


YANAKA STUDENT VILLAGE Site : Tokyo (Yanaka) Prof. Manabu Chiba - The University of Tokyo Individual project.

Design of a sharehouse for a hundred foreign students of the university of Tokyo in Yanaka, a near-by, dense, low-rise residential neiborhood or «urban village». The residence reproduce the «village-like» urban context by displaying many «houses». The sense of comunity is enhanced by visually connected common spaces. All the common programs are gathered on the roof level, just above the cityscape, offering a cleared and open place of life escaping the congestion of the dense neighborhood. The project emphasize the design of the rooves, both for the strong interior space they offer to the comunity and for the dialogue they maintain with the roofscape of Yanaka, composed of a rich mix of roof typologies.








SEOUL HANGING GARDENS Site : Seoul Cityhall plaza (Korea) Prof. Dominique Perrault - Swiss Institute of Technology Lausanne With Antoine Bechet and Maxence Grangeot.

The cityhall plaza of seoul is an urban desert. Yet it is the knot of many city programs and underground systems. Design of an underground architectural strategy to restablish pedestrian continuity and flux connection while offering the city a major green space to gather. This project was finalist for the BestOf Archizoom 2016

COMMUNITY EARTH AND WATER Site : Pharping (Nepal) On going competition With Clara Copiglia

Design of a community center for a group of comunities in rural Nepal. The site is so remote that any material procurement is difficult, even water supply is a real problem during the dry period. Our design takes advantage of the site by acknoledging its two main ressources, Earth and Rainwaters. Earth shoul be use to build the center. Using earthbag, a versatile and antiseismic constrction system, the building time and costs are dramatically cut. Water should be use to catalyse the development of the comunity life. By harvesting rainwaters from the roof for domestic use and in ponds for agricultural uses, the project developps a simple but super efficient water managment scheme for a self-sustaining community.

TERRITORY A PATH FOR IZU OSHIMA Site : Izu Oshima Island (Japan) Prof. Toshio Otsuki - The university of Tokyo With Cui Fingyun, Shawn Law and Nutt Boonyaratganon.

The island of Oshima was devastated by a series of landslides. On one of the disastered parcell a series of cultural and social programs are comissioned to redevelop the island services and attract tourists again. The path is a mutliscale strategy; aiming to bring back the montaneous nature and the city together, acting as a structural element for the architectural design of the core area. The path aims to stitch the torn fabrics; for the locals, it means reconciliation with nature, for the tourists, an adventure promising cultural discoveries among beautifull sceneries. Eventually, the path becomes a privileged field of interactions between locals and visitors. This project was selected among Utokyo architecture department projects for the ÂŤLemon ExhibitionÂť with selected projects from 58 Japanese universities.

Research Center

Geological temporary museum

Panoramic restaurant Local art museum

Research Center


Nature museum Camping facilities

Main site: Oshima culture museum Volcano museum

Food Court

Sea Museum



Beach Roof Terminal

Nature trail towards moutain

Adventure Center

Comunity Center

Factory Historic Heritage Building



City trail towards the port


THE RUINS OF THE INFORMATION SOCIETY Site : Point Nemo (Pacific Ocean) Competition entry - 24H competition With Tobias Richterich, Nordine Mahmoudi and Jakub Sahatqija.

From the rise of the firsts ziggurats to the fall of Rome, how many civilizations have come and gone since homo sapiens is walking on earth? It seems to be the human curse to see the worlds they are building crumbling apart, leaving behind only relics of forgotten empires. If our civilization is no exception to the rule and is ultimately doomed to collapse, what relics will it leave behind? Will we manage to secure the preservation of our collective memory in a better way? On the rise of the information society defined by fluxes of data, a full backup of the « big data » is like a perfect snapshot of our civilization. Instead of designing a server tower connected with a cloud, another tool for the current network society, we propose a device designed to leave a legacy to the next civilization in the form of an off-line, off-site sealed backup of data. Our proposal consists of a pod operating far from human societies around point Nemo, a pole of inaccessibility in the Pacific ocean. Connected to the network, the floating station receives all the data produced by mankind. The engineers working in the facility are the modern version of the copyist monks who used to devote their lives to protect and hide the knowledge of their societies during medieval dark ages. With the help of machine learning tools and complex algorithms, the work of the neo-monks is to sort the data, keeping only the essentials bits of knowledge of our collective wisdom, and classify them. Once the data arranged, they engrave it into sealed storage boxes and sink them in the ocean. Sub-marines drones then take care of stacking the data boxes on the oceanic floor in a rigorous layout following the classification of knowledge pattern. Over the decades, the centuries, and following the exponential growth of data and cognition, the stacking of boxes creates a landscape of pixels, a sunken city of information. On the location of the ancient city of R’yleh described by Howard Phillips Lovecraft, future generations will discover the submerged relics of our civilization and, while decoding them, unveil the mystery of its dissolution.

TIM COUSIN Hørsholmsgade, 14. 2200 Kobenhavn. tim.cousin@epfl.ch

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Tim Cousin - Portfolio Architecture - EPFL + UTokyo  

Architecture Student EPFL Selected academic and personal works 2014-2018

Tim Cousin - Portfolio Architecture - EPFL + UTokyo  

Architecture Student EPFL Selected academic and personal works 2014-2018

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