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)

Visualisation 5.2

Most of the visualisations made in this semester were combined with the architectural project CBB-8380 (find it here). But before we finished this, we had to make two images of this building in a unique way and also make a short video. We used Twinmotion for this and the edited it in Photoshop and Premiere Pro.

I decided to make my first image in a dramatic style and show. a fireworks show. The second one is more out of the box. I made an image of our building as if the apocalypse happened and the world was flooded. Some sort of Atlantis. Below you can find the two images and the video I made.

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.

CBB – 8380 : Design & Visualisations

For our final project we worked together in groups to design a building in Seabruges to house an art gallery and bring the city together, along with an accompanying square and pontoon. This project was made by Larissa Teck, Jolan Delboo, Ruben Vandenberghe, Helene Baneux, foreign exchange student Ivana Nyvltova and myself and was set up as a architecture contest. The name we chose exists of two parts. CBB stands for C-Bruges Building, with the C for container. 8380 is the zip code of Seabruges.

Located at the marina of Seabruges, the site of 6600 m² is the recplacement of parking spots and an empty square and is the starting point of a new waterside development project. The old building along the water will soon be torn down and replaced. About 1450 m² of this site was to be used for the new building/art gallery, situated on the side of the Kustlaan.

After several brainstorming session, we came up with the idea to make a glass shell housing all the required functions. Inside on the left is an open space five stories high. This is used to stack several shipping containers to form different set-ups for all kinds of functions and events, such as an art gallery, but also a christmas market, a TED talk, etc. Those containers are a link to the city and it’s port and can be found all over the building, square and pontoon. On the other side of the building are cascading platform, holding the other functions. There you can find a restaurant, workshop area and offices and suspended above the open space are the temporary residences for artists. The vertical circulation is on the far right and leads to the platforms and the rooftop. On the roof is a public park, designed to give back the space taken up by the building.

On the square you also have the shipping containers, this time not only as function, but also in the ground, creating different levels. The same containers are also on the pontoon, with funtions such as an access point for water sports.

For the contest part of the assignment, we had to create renders, visualize the floor plans, sections and facades and design panels for our presentation. Together we chose which way to go with the visualisations and created our own style : use of dark orange as a link to rust found on containers and metal structures in a port and a comic style for our drawings. Below you will find several images I made as well as the panels and a video for the presentation. The concept of the project was done as a group, for the visualisation we each did a part. The images below are made by myself or by Larissa and me. The video is also a creation of mine with some scenes made by the other students. The panels were made by Larissa and myself. The images on the panels contain images made by all the students. Jolan, Ruben and Ivana made the models in two different scales to present at the presentation.

Visualization 5.1

We had to do an intermediate assignment with 3Ds Max. We received a simple 3D model : walls and windows, ceiling and floor. And with that we had to make a visualization anyway we wanted using 3Ds Max and Photoshop. A simple assignment which didn’t take long to complete. But I am pleased with the result.

Waterfront

For our project this semester, we had to come up with a design for a 3 story apartment building and add a duplex apartment on top. The 3 stories were to be built with a concrete skeleton structure, but the duplex was a timber frame structure.

For the first 3 stories we had to design a central core for access and one apartment, which could be copied and mirrored around this core. For the duplex we had a lot of freedom : we just had to choose a profession or hobby and design something extraordinary and out of the box. I chose to build something for a photographer, because of my own experience.

In the implementation phase, we had specific orders how to place the duplex on top of the concrete building. We also had to align columns in the timber frame structure on the grid for the concrete structure. They wanted to show us that you can have problems in this part if you don’t keep construction in mind in the design phase. Luckily, I had already thought of this and had only a few small issues to solve.

For this part of the assignment, we also had to make details on a bigger scale, which meant drawing more detailed layers and parts.

Below you can find the drawings for this project.

Visualization 4

We had a few smaller assignments to do this semester. One of those was making a moving GIF showing parts of our design for AP4B.

The other parts were making a 3D detail in Archicad, which we had to render in 3Ds max and an exterior view of the project for AP4B and the carcass of the building, also rendered in 3Ds max and retouched in Photoshop. The fourth part was making an exploded view of the project. These elements were put on a poster for the final assignment.