Intership

In our final semester we had to complete an internship in a company in our sector. I started with the architecture firm Reflekt Architects and learned to implement the things they taught us at school, such as drawing plans of existing buildings and new designs, among other. Unfortunately after a few weeks, the pandemic of 2020 occured and I was no longer able to go here.

A teacher at my school, who is a co-founder of PJMARES, an interior design and custom furniture firm, offered an online internship. This way I could complete my assignment from the safety of my home. I worked together with one of their designers and helped build a 3D model of the existing offices of a company. I then changed the model according to the wishes of the client and visualized it following the guidelines of my mentor.

At the end of my internship, I made a portfolio, existing of multiple A1 size pages describing the work I did.

Below are some previews and also the link to download the portfolio (in Dutch).

Thesis

In the final semester of school in Howest, I made a thesis in cooperation with the city of Bruges. 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the monument preservation division. They wanted to know what the city would look like if their building regulations weren’t that strict or even if some never existed in the first place. For this subject the current regulations were studied and compared to those of Ghent. A short evolution of the streets in the last 50 years and the architecture styles in Belgium are also discussed. The results of all the research was used to build a 3D model of a part of Bruges and visualize some images of an alternative Bruges.

Below is a preview of one of the images and you can also download the complete thesis (in 2 parts and in Dutch)

Architectural Analysis 5

For this analysis I worked with Jason Brissinck (brissinckjason.be). We had to choose a public building with a cultural or religious purpose, analyze it on multiple fronts and make a 3D abstract cube representing the building and our findings.

We chose the Concertbuilding in Bruges, designed by Robbrecht & Daem. The building houses two auditoriums. The bigger one in the main building and a smaller one in the tower featuring the stage in the center and seating on balconies going up in a spiral. The tower ais also a beacon to the city, lighting up at night. The building is made from concrete and is covered in terracotta slates to blend in to the environment. The entire building has also been placed on shock absorbers to counteract the motion coming from the cars in the underground parking and tunnel.

For the 3D model, we decided to focus on the floor plan and use of materials. We started with squares, taking out parts just like on the floor plan and made a cube with these shapes. On the outside we put small strips, representing the one on the facade of the Concertbuilding. Several windows were added and covered in transparent colors, the same you can see on the windows and glass railings of the building. The materials were switched from inside to outside and the other way around. Inside we have a terracotta color, representing the slates on the outside. The outside of the cube was painted with a gritty grey paint to act as the concrete and the strips were made in wood, the second material that is frequent in the interior of the building.

Below you can find all schemes we made for this analysis as well as the finished 3D model.

Architectural Analysis 4

The assignment is for 2 students to design a 2,5D project which represents one specific architectural style.

Together with Maarten Vanhoorne, we chose the Roman architecture. After analyzing this style, we came up with a design. It represents the various
characteristics of the Roman style, put together in a new composition. You can see the floor plan of Roman baths, the arcades and domes. The four squares represent Roman bricks, water, marble and cassette ceiling.

We decided to 3D print our model in white, so you have the old features in a new way.

3D model made in 3Ds max
3D-printed model

Architectural Analysis 3

Semester 3. The assignment this time is analyzing the work of one architect and digging deeper into one of his/her projects.

I worked together with Ruben Vandenberghe and we choose the work of Eero Saarinen. We had to make to graphical posters. The first one is about his work in general. The second one is about his project : the North Christian Church. We were lucky to have obtained scans of the original plans for the church. So we decided to incorporate this into our posters.

Below you can find our 2 posters.

North Christian Church by Eero Saarinen

Architectural Analysis 2

This time we had to work in groups of 2 and analyze a contemporary public building and compare it to a similar historical building. We chose the Library of Birmingham and the Trinity Library.

The analysis of the contemporary library had to be represented graphically on a poster and we had to explain all our conclusions in a presentation with a powerpoint.

Below you can find the poster and the powerpoint presentation.

House of Time

The project assigned to us in semester 2, was a house on the waterside. This time we had to design a 3 story building on site Dupont in Bruges for one family. In comparison to our previous assignment, there were a lot more regulations we had to comply to. It was the first time we had to use a green roof system, we had to add room for technical systems and make use of a vide.

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Architectural Analysis 1

For this assignment, we had to work in group to analyse a contemporary project. We had to choose a residential building in Belgium or close to the border.
After some research, we chose Du Fossé in Zuidzande, Netherlands by Marie-José Van Hee.

We had to analyse the area and the building itself following the methods we learned. All our conclusions were then put into one review. Below you can see an example of one of the analysis and you can also download our review.