RCAT - Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics

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EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

[2009 - ongoing]


RESEARCH LEADERS

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Defne Sunguroglu Hensel, Asst. Prof. Søren S. Sørensen


AHO RESEARCH TEAM

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Asst. Prof. Søren S. Sørensen, Asst. Prof. Joakim Hoen, Asst. Prof. Sofia Martins da Cunha, Defne Sunguroglu Hensel, Sareh Saeidi


COLLABORATORS

Guillem Baraut Bover


Locally specific experimental design + construction is an ongoing field of inquiry that commenced prior to RCAT | ACDL and in a variety of educational contexts in which members of the RCAT | ACDL groups were active

This research area was initiated by Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Defne Sunguroglu Hensel and Asst. Prof. Søren S. Sørensen respectively.

To date a number of experimental design and built projects have been completed in the context of the master-level Responsive Wood Architectures Studio (2009-10), the Scarcity and Creativity Studio (2012-14), and computational design studios led by Asst. Prof. Søren S. Sørensen since 2000. RCAT kick-started the Scarcity and Creativity Studio with over 50% of the strategic start-up budget of the research centre, enabling the design and construction of three projects by the Scarcity and Creativity Studio in the Open City Ritoque. Further funds were invested into the Nested Catenaries construction by doctoral candidate Defne Sunguroglu Hensel in the Open City Ritoque. RCAT brought into this context open invitations dating from 2008 to design and build projects in the Open City Ritoque, as well as Nusfjord, Lofoten.

In 2015 the underlying research focus and research-by-design approach was shifted to other follow-up studios at AHO. Particular research inquiries include locally specific constructions, context-specific performative material systems, environmental performance of textile membrane canopies and screenwalls, and the use of integrated computational design and analysis approaches.

The integrative computational design component of this research area focuses on configuring workflows for what are considered complex or unusual constructions so that these can become part of the repertoire of everyday architectures. To date the research has predominately focused on responsive wood-based structures, tensile systems include textile membrane architectures and tensegrity systems, and in the case of the research of Defne Sunguroglu Hensel also complex brick systems.

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WORKFLOWS + INTEGRATIVE COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN 

The RCAT | ACDL group pursues the integration of data-driven computational design and anlysis and advanced visualization [VR/AR] from design to construction. The research has thus far focused on tensile systems and more specifically textile membrane systems and non-uniform asymmetrical tensegrity systems. The objective is to develop an integrated process that enables the use of such systems across a broad range of everydat architectural applications. For this four criteria must be satisfied: [i] relevance and [ii] economical viability of design solutions, [iii] integrated workflow from design to materialization, [iv] demonstration of a broad range of applications. Our team currently focuses on criteria [iii] and [iv] in order to generate the experience and empirical data pursue and evaluate criteria [i] and [ii].

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Fig.1: Associative Model of a Tensegrity system and variations ranging from uniform to non-uniform or from symmetric to asymmetric arrangements. (X-direction: change of base-shape from flat to symmetric to asymmetric; Y-direction: uniform height of elements, to symmetric variation, to individual heights of elements.)

 

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Fig.2: Associative Model of a non-uniform asymmetric Tensegrity system.

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Fig.3: Virtual Reality Visualization of a specific Tensegrity system configuration.

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Fig.4:  Floating Compression Canopy, Nusfjord, Norway, 2013 designed and constructed by the Scarcity and Creativity Studio, AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design.


CONSTRUCTIONS - BUILDING AS EXPERIMENT  


2014 _ COMMUNITY CENTER, PUMANQUE, CHILE

The Scarcity and Creativity in Latitude 34s Studio designed and constructed a new community centre for the town of Pumanque in Chile, which was devastated by the 27 February 2010 earthquake that damaged and destroyed most of the town’s buildings. The project was completed in April 2014 and comprises two multi-purpose rooms, a semi-sheltered transitional space, a roof terrace accessible by a large primary and secondary stairways, and a canopy that partly shelters the roof terrace. The massing of the single storey building reflects that of the buildings in town: a second floor is a luxury affordable only to a few in Pumanque. For this reason the Community Centre features a roof-terrace that enables visitors to experience the elevated space of a ‘second floor’. An exterior screenwall provides for varied semi-sheltered and carefully modulated interior conditions. The screenwall is made from 2”x2” profiles using spacers to produce interstices. The textile membrane canopy was developed as a re-articulation of the colonnaded walkways that line traditional houses in Pumanque, and provides the necessary shading in this latitude. The main entrance to the project is located between two interior spaces and sheltered by the screenwall and a bridge that connects the two parts of the roof-terrace. This space can serve as an extension to the two interior spaces, combining them into one large space.

Studio Staff: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Prof. Christian Hermansen, Asst. Prof. Solveig Sandness, Håkon Matre Aasarød and Joakim Hoen

Students: Margarita Chaskopoulou, 
Marte Guldvik, 
Marina Haga, Jonas Osthagen Hamar,
 Anniken Høgset
, Shohreh Kheirati
, Kaja Gladhus Kolstad
, Gro Krüger
, Caroline Krenc
, Markus Domaas Lindahl, Taavi Löoke
, Ranveig Hesselberg Meland, Annette Katherine Mohr,
 Eskil Frøyen Nybø
, Liv Mari Oppebøen
, Brianne Parquier
, Elissavet Pertigkiozoglou
, Randi Ravndal
, Erik Reiten
, Kinga Rusin
, Truls Schiefloe Sandbakk
, Hedvig Margrethe Sanderud
, Øistein Magnus Schive,
 Eirik Stiansen
, Gustav Mattias Jitzhak Tellqvist
, Magnus Vågan, Harold Vermeiren

Partners: Pumanque Municipality, Chile a Sonar, HERA - Humanities in the European Research Area, OCEAN Design Research Association

Sponsors: AAAD, Astrup & Hellern Architects, Halvorsen & Reine Architects, IARK, Marwin, NORDIC Architects, Norwegian Steel Assocication, Ratio Architects, Vink AS

Endorsed by the Embassy of Chile in Norway and the Embassy of Norway in Chile

Winner of the Excellence in the use of Wood in Architecture Award 2014 (TreFokus)

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2013 _ FLOATING COMPRESSION CANOPY, NUSFJORD, NORWAY

The studio designed and constructed two projects in NusfjordLofoten: [i.] an outdoor dining area for Nusfjords Restaurant comprising of a tensegrity canopy and landscape furniture, and, [ii.] a landscaped bathing platform with integrated hottub and sauna. Construction was completed in May 2013.

The Floating Compression Canopy is located on the main pier of Nusfjord facing its natural harbour. It defines the outdoor catering area of the adjacent restaurant, which shelters the site to the north. In search of an architecture that reflects upon the boats in the harbour a tensegrity system was chosen, which pays homage to Kenneth Snelson the inventor of the floating compression system. The materials chosen for the canopy - aluminium tubes for the compression members and high-performance rope as the tension element reflects on the material of contemporary boat masts and rigging and, in so doing, blends visually with the boats that fill the harbour during the warm season.

Studio Staff: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Prof. Christian Hermansen, Asst. Prof. Solveig Sandness, Adj. Prof. Guillem Baraut Bover and Joakim Hoen

Students: Victoria Amundsen, Ketil Andersen, Laura Birina, Lea Cavelier, Merete Claudi-Nielsen, Monica Fernandez Amigo, Magnus Flo, Erik Ohnstad Folmo, Nerea Guezuraga Saitua, Glenn Alexander Hansen, Magnus Sandberg Johansen, Lars Egge Johnsen, Sotiria Kriemadi, Nicolas Jose Lira Vigneaux, Jon Kåre Mannsåker, Sofia Martins da Cunha, Sylva Solås Marwoll, Marcela Paz Moraga Zarate, Mayaan Adriana Navon Espinoza, Adrian Rove Nordgård, Robin Rakke, Berit Ribsskog, Marie Jenny Voraa, Isabell Nystuen Waldal, Yang Zhang

Client: Nusfjord AS

Client Representative: Roar Jacobsen

Winner of Excellence in Professionalism Award 2013 (Arkitektbedriftene i Norge, Norwegian Architectural Firms)

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2013 _ 2x2 BATHING PLATFORM, NUSFJORD, NORWAY

The 2x2 Bathing Platform comprises a sundeck, a sauna and a hot tub and is located on an undulating granite shore that slopes from the existing buildings which define the north-western perimeter of the project towards the sea, forming a trough in its centre. Detailed attention was placed on the integration of the project into the existing landscape, as well as its capacity to withstand the North Atlantic winter storms and waves. A grid of point foundations consisting of steel pins are directly set into the rock to minimise ground impact and preserve the terrain, reflecting a key characteristic of traditional Norwegian architecture. The tectonic of the project is by a coordinated design and assembly logic that considers the internal seams of the platform wherever it changes in slope and the external edges where the platform meets the surrounding landscape. The platform also articulates the enclosure for a transitional semi-sheltered space and the sauna. Here the platform is in parts articulated as stepped seating for musical and theatrical events on site during the summer months. The entire platform is a screenwall-like surface that provides visual permeability, rainwater runoff and reduction of uplift.

Studio Staff: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Prof. Christian Hermansen, Asst. Prof. Solveig Sandness, Adj. Prof. Guillem Baraut Bover and Joakim Hoen

Students: Victoria Amundsen, Ketil Andersen, Laura Birina, Lea Cavelier, Merete Claudi-Nielsen, Monica Fernandez Amigo, Magnus Flo, Erik Ohnstad Folmo, Nerea Guezuraga Saitua, Glenn Alexander Hansen, Magnus Sandberg Johansen, Lars Egge Johnsen, Sotiria Kriemadi, Nicolas Jose Lira Vigneaux, Jon Kåre Mannsåker, Sofia Martins da Cunha, Sylva Solås Marwoll, Marcela Paz Moraga Zarate, Mayaan Adriana Navon Espinoza, Adrian Rove Nordgård, Robin Rakke, Berit Ribsskog, Marie Jenny Voraa, Isabell Nystuen Waldal, Yang Zhang

Client: Nusfjord AS

Client Representative: Roar Jacobsen

Winner of Excellence in Professionalism Award 2013 (Arkitektbedriftene i Norge, Norwegian Architectural Firms)

Winner of the Excellence in the use of Wood in Architecture Award 2013 (TreFokus)

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2012 _ NESTED CATENARIES, OPEN CITY RITOQUE, CHILE

Phase 03 of the Nested Catenary research was undertaken in a workshop at e[ad] Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseno - Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso

The project was built as an extension to the cemetery of the Open City in Ritoque, Chile, and constitutes a masonry shell of interconnected sub-shells that are nested to form a vault between two cavity walls. It also involved a strategy of branching as a principle to span and to create nested spaces. The design was limited to twelve sub-shells in creating the overall shell articulating a volume of 162m³, each with synclastic surface geometry to retain the complexity of construction. The structural independence from symmetry and freedom from repetition due to the construction method allowed for a non-uniform spatial organization. The final structure is a nested catenaries shell, produced by spatially organized sub-shells with a thickness of 55mm. The span reaches to 7m in both directions with reaching a height of 3.3m. A total of 1000 bricks were used, which makes an overall weight of approx. 2800 kg including mortar. Thus far, it has survived several earthquakes of a magnitude above 6 on the Richter scale.

Project Leaders: Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel and Øyvind Buset

Project Supervision: Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, Øyvind Buset, Prof. Dr. David Jolly Monge, Assistant Professor Oscar Andrade

Structural Engineering: Adjunct Prof. Guillem Baraut Bover, BOMA, OCEAN Design Research Association

Participants: Carolina Almarza, Fernando Briones, Randi Fjeldtvedt, Michael Hensel, Javiera Galeas, Camila Gonzales, Astrid Christine Johnsen, Carla Landaeta Jeria, Elisabetha Maniga, Diego Millan, Paula Minte, Macarena Morales, Navid Navid, Fabian Olivares, Matias Penrroz, Soledad Prado, Carlos Trancoso 

Phase 3 of the project was endorsed by the Embassy of Chile in Norway and financed by RCAT.

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2012 _ 3 PROJECTS, OPEN CITY RITOQUE, CHILE

During the spring semester 2012 the 'Scarcity and Creativity in Latitude 33' studio at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design designed and constructed three small buildings in the Open City in Ritoque, Chile. The sites were selected by students of e[ad] Escuela De Arquitectura y Diseno - Pontificia universidad Catolica de Valparaiso and the projects were designed by the SCL studio. Both schools collaborated in the construction process.

Three projects were constructed, [i.] an observation structure to view the wetlands and bird reserve, [ii.] a small accommodation for visitors, and, [iii.] a shelter for cooking, dining, and bird observation, all set within the unique pacific coastal landscape of the Open City.

Studio Staff: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Prof. Christian Hermansen, Asst. Prof. Solveig Sandness and Joakim Hoen

Students: Kazin Al Beyboni, Maria Mariana Calvete da Cunha Pereira, Katarina Sæbø Dale, Pernille Dammann, Nora Aurora Hallgren, Line Mari Haugland, Edda Johanna Jonsdottir, Kjersti Lindheim, John-Roe Luna, Erik Matzow, Raza Marozaite, Navid Navid, Mari Beata Nastad Heum, Thomas Notland, Rikke Christine Nyrud, Robin Rakke, Emilia Lamer Schjetlein, Bjarte Stav, Anders Svendsen Almesveen, Astrid Tømmerås Haug

The studio was endorsed by the Chilean Embassy in Oslo, Norway, and the projects were financed by RCAT - Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics.

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2012 _ LAS PIEDRAS DEL CIELO, OPEN CITY RITOQUE, CHILE

The Las Piedras del Cielo project is situated in the Pacific coastal dune landscape of the Open City next to the wetlands of its river estuary. The project consists of a landscaped deck with an enclosed space for a small kitchen and a textile membrane canopy. The landscaped deck provides a sitting surface that forms a horseshoe in plan with a fireplace in its centre. Deck and canopy are structurally integrated. The membrane system is exposed to gale-force winds during the winter season and therefore required careful analysis of wind flows, material resistance, and stemming from these adequate detailing.

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Michael Hensel, Prof. Christian Hermansen, Eduardo Retamales Fernandez

Structural Engineering: Asst. Prof. Solveig Sandness

Team Leader: Rikke Christine Nyrud

Design Team: Kazin Al Beyboni, Katarina Sæbø Dale, Line Mari Haugland, Kjersti Lindheim, John-Roe Luna, Erik Matzow, Mari Beata Nastad Heum, Thomas Notland, Rikke Christine Nyrud, Robin Rakke, Bjarte Stav

Site Research Team: Valentina Bernales, Maria Belen Reed, Claudia Cavaleiro, Camilla Corces, Lars Egge, Isabel Klahn, Juan Rose Rojas, Monteserrat Rojas, Tuva Skaret, Catalina Tapia, Regina Weber, Paulina Valdivia, Nicolas Vallejos, Paula Yanez

Construction Team: Kazin Al Beyboni, Katarina Sæbø Dale, Line Mari Haugland, Kjersti Lindheim, John-Roe Luna, Erik Matzow, Mari Beata Nastad Heum, Thomas Notland, Rikke Christine Nyrud, Robin Rakke, Bjarte Stav, Valentina Bernales, Maria Belen Reed, Claudia Cavaleiro, Camilla Corces, Lars Egge, Isabel Klahn, Juan Rose Rojas, Monteserrat Rojas, Tuva Skaret, Catalina Tapia, Regina Weber, Paulina Valdivia, Nicolas Vallejos, Paula Yanez

Endorsed by the Embassy of Chile in Norway and the Embassy of Norway in Chile

Winner of the Multi-disciplinary and Innovative Work Award 2012 (Asplanviak / Arkitekturverkstedet)

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2012 _ WALK THE LINE - TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION, OPEN CITY RITOQUE, CHILE

The Walk the Line project provides short-term accommodation for visiting scholars. The project commenced as a contemplation of Le Corbusier’s house for an artisan. In addition to the accommodation unit the project integrates a lightweight under-spanned bridge-like deck that suggests a connection between immediate dune landscape and the distant horizon of the Pacific Ocean. The dimensions of the narrow deck and the foundations required particular attention, as uplift constitutes a challenge for this structure. The interior was not completed during the main construction phase but an AHO student stayed for an additional week to tackle this task while at the same time living in the unit.

Construction Supervision: Prof. Christian Hermansen, Prof. Dr. David Luza, Asst. Prof. Solveig Sandness, Prof. Dr. Michael Hensel

Structural Engineering: Asst. Prof. Solveig Sandness

Team Leader: Astrid Tømmerås Haug

Design Team: Pernille Dammann, Navid Navid, Emilia Lamer Schjetlein, Astrid Tømmerås Haug

Site Research Team: Tora Arctander, Sara Amorim, Eugenio Bosco, Natalia Bustos, Aileen Cuevas, Francisco Gainza, Nicolas Gallo, Camila Hernandez, Paz Iglesias, Allyson Kutscher, Alejandro Pacheco, Rayen Rodriguez, Helga Scheel, Gabriel Tang

Construction Team: Pernille Dammann, Navid Navid, Benjamin Norouzi, Emilia Lamer Schjetlein, Astrid Tømmerås Haug, Tora Arctander, Sara Amorim, Eugenio Bosco, Natalia Bustos, Aileen Cuevas, Francisco Gainza, Nicolas Gallo, Camila Hernandez, Paz Iglesias, Allyson Kutscher, Alejandro Pacheco, Rayen Rodriguez, Helga Scheel, Gabriel Tang

Endorsed by the Embassy of Chile in Norway and the Embassy of Norway in Chile

Winner of the Multi-disciplinary and Innovative Work Award 2012 (Asplanviak / Arkitekturverkstedet)

Winner of the Transportation Architecture Award 2012 (National Road Association Norway)

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2012 _ HOSPEDERIA DE LAS ALAS - BIRD OBSERVATION SHELTER, OPEN CITY RITOQUE, CHILE

Hospederia de las Alas is a bird observation shelter located on top of sand dunes facing the bird reserve area of the site. The timber structure, which is articulated as two intersecting ruled surfaces, is closed to the two main weather exposed sides and open to the two main bird viewing directions, while hiding the observer from the view of the birds. After AHO students returned home E[ad] students did a series of climatic protection improvements to the buildings. For example in the case of the the ‘Hospederia de las Alas’ they employed ceramic roof tiles to weather-proof the lower section of timber columns as they meet the concrete foundations.

The design of the Hospederia de las Alas project was inspired by the works of the Finnish sculptor Raimo Utriainen, the Camera Obscura project at NTNU in Trondheim (2006), and the Shelter and Viewing Platform at Hazienda Quitralco in Patagonia in Chile by the Emergent Technologies and Design Program 2007. 

Supervision: Prof. Dr. David Jolly, Prof. Dr. Michael Hensel, Prof. Christian Hermansen

Structural Engineering: Asst. Prof. Solveig Sandness

Team Leader: Nora Aurora Hallgren

Design Team: Anders Svendsen Almesveen, Maria Mariana Calvete da Cunha Pereira, Nora Aurora Hallgren, Edda Johanna Jonsdottir, Raza Marozaite

Site Research Team: Marta Alpuim, Maria Jose Dominguez, Milena Hayvar, Astrid Johnsen, Donald Mc Leod, Daniela Molina, Alex Olazo, Ana Belen Oyarzun, Hugo Pajarito, Paulina Pinto, Paz Plaza, Sebastian Rodriguez, Estelle Roman, Sally Sade, Pablo Vasquez

Construction Team: Anders Svendsen Almesveen, Maria Mariana Calvete da Cunha Pereira, Nora Aurora Hallgren, Edda Johanna Jonsdottir, Raza Marozaite, Benjamin Norouzi, Marta Alpuim, Maria Jose Dominguez, Milena Hayvar, Astrid Johnsen, Donald Mc Leod, Daniela Molina, Alex Olazo, Ana Belen Oyarzun, Hugo Pajarito, Paulina Pinto, Paz Plaza, Sebastian Rodriguez, Estelle Roman, Sally Sade, Pablo Vasquez

Endorsed by the Embassy of Chile in Norway and the Embassy of Norway in Chile

Winner of the Multi-disciplinary and Innovative Work Award 2012 (Asplanviak / Arkitekturverkstedet)


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The Extended Threshold Studio 2012

Studio Staff: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Prof. Søren Sørensen, Prof. Guillem Baraut Bover, Joakim Hoen, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel

Students: Juan Pablo Buvinic, Young Eun Choi, Erik Folmo, Eric Gehem, Glenn Alexander Hansen, Line Mari Haugland, Eve Komp, Sylva Solås Marwoll, Mighail-Marios Petrogonas, Lion Schreiber, Ove Joachim Svela, Thomas Etnestad

The Extended Threshold studio was an RCAT | OCEAN collaboration.


The studio developed experimental projects for two neglected inner urban public spaces in key locations in Oslo. The proposed auxiliary or supplementary architectures provide for a rich variety of activities and experiences, in the form of an extended transitional space that is sheltered, yet not fully enclosed in order to maintain maximum public accessibility and usability.

12 master-level students worked in teams on four distinctive projects that while sharing principal features demonstrate nevertheless the broad scope of design that can be accomplished with the shared material system and working methods.

Complex membrane and cable net systems were developed by way of physical form-finding methods and further elaborated through corresponding associative computational models. The form-generation process was informed by different modes of analysis (structural, environmental, etc.). Experiments with Augmented and Virtual Reality tools served to further evaluate and elaborate the designs.

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Analogue form-finding of a complex membrane system.

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Analogue form-finding of a complex membrane system.

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Analogue form-finding of a complex membrane system.

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Augmented Reality Visualization utilizing ARive software developed by master student Joakim Svela.

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Augmented Reality Visualization utilizing ARive software developed by master student Joakim Svela.

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Virtual Reality Visualization utilizing specialist software developed by IFE Halden.

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Rendered view of Project 01

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Project 2 System Hierarchy

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Rendered view of Project 02

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Project 3 System Hierarchy

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Rendered view of Project 03


EXPERIMENTAL CONSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO RCAT | ACDL 


2010 _ PAVILION FOR THE OSLO ARCHITECTURE TRIENNIAL _ AHO OSLO SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

The pavilion consists of a self-supporting structural web consisting of 0,75 mm thin pine veneer strips. Initial experiments served to establish the relationship between cut, fibre-direction, moisture content and the extent to which the rectangular veneer elements could be bend and twisted without cracking. In a following series of experiments the elements were configured into assemblies, with each element bend and twisted and a high moisture content in the assembly process. A large series of succesive material expreiments enabled a controlled process of assembling elements with high moisture content that in the process of drying and shrinking increased the tension in the assembly without cracking. This process of post-stressing due to drying increased the structural capacity of the resultant structural web. 

Studio Staff: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Defne Sunguroglu Hensel

Students: Wing Yi Hui and Lap Ming Wong

Winner of the Excellence in the use of Wood in Architecture Award 2010 (TreFokus)

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2008 _ NETBRIDGE _ PATAGONIA _ CHILE  _ ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

Project Coordination: Michael U. Hensel, Juan Subercaseaux

Design Supervision: Michael U. Hensel, Juan Subercaseaux, Michael Weinstock, Achim Menges, Daniel Coll i Capdevila, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel

Phase 01 Design Team: Pooja Bali, Antonio Capone, Santiago Fernandez Achury

Phase 02 Design Team: Santiago Fernandez Achury, Sean Alquist, Hiva Bakhtiari, Pooja Bali, Antonio Capone, Moritz Fleischman, Renata Elizondo, Mehran Gharlegi, Evan Greenberg, Tommy Johnson, Yukio Minobe, Tomasz Mlynarski, Elina Pavela, Amin Sadeghi, Gennaro Senatore

Construction Coordination: Michael U. Hensel, Juan Subercaseaux, Daniel Coll i Capdevila, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel

Construction Team: Michael U. Hensel, Juan Subercaseaux, Daniel Coll i Capdevila, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, Santiago Fernandez Achury, Sean Alquist, Antonio Capone, Mehran Gharlegi, Evan Greenberg, Tommy Johnson, Tomasz Mlynarski, Elina Pavela, Gennaro Senatore

Engineering Consultants: Expedition Engineering London - Tim Harris, Julia Ratcliffe, Andrew Weir

Client: Hazienda Quitralco

Client Representative: Martin Westcott

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2007 _ VIEWING PLATFORM AND SHELTER _ PATAGONIA _ CHILE  _ ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

Project Coordination: Michael U. Hensel, Juan Subercaseaux

Design Supervision: Michael U. Hensel, Juan Subercaseaux, Michael Weinstock, Achim Menges

Design Team: Maria Bessa, Bulut Cebeci, Christina Doumpioti, Andres Aguirre, Elke Pedal Baertl, Defne Sunguroğlu, Manja Van de Word, Christina Widjaja

Construction Coordination: Michael U. Hensel, Juan Subercaseaux

Construction Team: Michael U. Hensel, Juan Subercaseaux, Maria Bessa, Bulut Cebeci, Andres Aguirre, Elke Pedal Baertl, Defne Sunguroğlu, Manja Van de Word, Christina Widjaja and Melanie Leibbrandt, Jaime, Juan and Segundo

Engineering Consultants: Buro Happold - Lawrence Friesen, Nikolaos Stathopoulos, Defne Sunguroğlu

Seismic Analysis: Arup & Partners - Nikolaos Socratus

Client: Hazienda Quitralco

Client Representative: Martin Westcott

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2004 _ SPLINE STUDIO - EXPERIMENTAL SKATEBOARD RAMP

“Investigations on a specific obsession like skateboarding, and following acts of transgression, demands new ways of understanding body movement and space, both architectural and urban. In the case of a skate park we are dealing with the production of artificial landscapes and topographies, one of the main questions is how architecture, as a set of flows, as a set of experiences and reproductions, can be embedded in the practices of contemporary architectural production”. The assignment was to investigate three-dimensionality and movement, to design a structure primarily used for skating but also facilitating parallel activities creating an attractive center for a wider youth culture. Skating is three-dimensional striving for flowing movement and exerted on structures demanding different skill levels as well as creating opportunity for variety and new moves. The challenge was to design courses and elements that could provide for new opportunities and translate these from 3D to built project.

Supervision: Asst. Prof. Søren S. Sørensen, Asst. Prof. Thomas L. Fagernes, Franco Ghilardi

Design and Construction Team: Fredrik Bogre, Johanne Borthne, Tina Falch, Elvir Fazlagic, Halvor Høgseth, Lasse Kaas, Dino Malinic, Morten Marius Ræder, Catriona Shine, Eivind Tandberg, Osman Teskeredzic, Henriette Wold

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