• ROOMS II

    Par Diana Ugnat, Olivia Wechsler, 05/03/16

    Walter Benjamin from Arcades Project:


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    I. Protostructure Fragment

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    II. Creating spaces: Tests


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    Wire as the line of the project


    III. Drawings



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    Elevation in progress



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    Cut in progress



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    Plan in progress







    IV. Detail Tests:

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    ....final detail

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    Detail in Protostructure:

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    Two Integrated details


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  • Rooms I

    Par Diana Ugnat, Olivia Wechsler, 29/02/16

    I. Position Research:

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    II. Drawings of the chosen position:

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    Plan



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    Elevation



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    Cut



    III. From Planes to Rooms: 

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    IV. Fragment of the Protostructure 


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  • From Shelter to Left Space

    Par Olivia Wechsler, 14/12/15

    The contrast of mass and emptiness, symmetry and simplicity were the main points of focus for this project. The round plane joined with the project of Clea Balestra allows accessibility from all directions on one side to a massive entrance. This entrance doesn't seem to sead to a specific place, however by chance one will discover the entrely contradictory open left space above the partly hidden mass.

    Research and development of the project:

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    Models at 1:66 of the project in progress:

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    Final elevation and cuts with traces of the development:

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    Axonometric projection showing the space behind the facade:

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    Free collage with colors representing the two main spaces:


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    Final cardboard Model at 1:66:


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    Final plaster model at 1:33:

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    Final situation with the column of Rolando Valarezo, Cléa Balestrea and the plane joining the three columns together:

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  • Shelter week 3

    Par Olivia Wechsler, 28/11/15

    In the beginning working with the thickness of the plaster was fine, but I found that it would be a lot more interesting in a bigger contrast to emptiness. That is why I kept the thickness around the door, placed the facade right in the same level as the +column and created a really open space in the upper part of the plaster. 

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    Research drawing at 1:66


    Furthermore the tension between the inside and outside gained a lot of importance which I expressed with colors on the following drawing. To make that border more visible, the two windows got joined together and put in the same plane as the +column.


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    Plache libre at 1:33



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    Monge at 1:33


    The created space can be seen in the following drawing.

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    Axonometry at 1:33

    After having drawn all my ideas on paper, the next step was to make two models: one cardboard model at 1:66 and a plaster model at 1:33. A new model at 1:66 was highly necessary as an update on the site model to be able to work with the people around my plaster. In addition to that the model at 1:33 in the +column makes my spatial ideas about the planes really clear.


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    Finally it is very important to understand the main spatial idea behind my project:

    The planes are set up on two different levels. The first level being the floor giving a direction and access towards the very deep and thick door from an 180° angle. Before entering it, one does not know what to expect on the inside. After entering, not everyone will discover the space above the thick door. However the ones who do find it and manage to climb there, will have an incredible experience. They will find themselves in a secret space in front of a gigantic window free to observe the outside in a whole new dimension. 



  • Shelter week 1&2

    Par Olivia Wechsler, 22/11/15

    For the next project "Planes" I decided to work with the plaster which has its origin in Paris. From the many characteristics that this plaster brings, the thickness and the vertically repetitive pattern of windows was what interested me most for the following process. This is why the horizontal elements and the porch roof didn't make it to the plaster at 1:33. However in order to be able to work with the thickness of the plaster, a big part behind the windows is hollowed out.


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    The inspiration to work with shelter came partly from a quote of Peter Zumthor in his book from 2006 "Atmospheres":

    "Seventh. Something else, something very special that fascinates me about architecture. “Tension between Interior and Exterior”. A fantastic business, this. The way architecture takes a bit of the globe and constructs a tiny box of it. And suddenly there’s an interior and an exterior. One can be inside or outside. Brilliant! And that means- equally brilliant! – this: thresholds, crossings, the tiny loop-hole door, the almost imperceptible transition between the inside and the outside, an incredible sense of place, an unbelievable feeling of concentration when we suddenly become aware of being enclosed, of something enveloping us, keeping us together, holding us." - Peter Zumthor

    The plane which is attached behind the shelter on a distance that allows movement from one shelter to another, does not only create a space in the plaster but has its second use of serving as a transitioning utensil. This way the plaster and plane become inseparable from one another. After some further thoughts, the created situation started to remind me of childhood in a way that shelter does not only have to do with fear, but can be a hiding place for games or to secretly observe a situation from different points of view.


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    In order to research different solutions, I attached the planes out of cardboard to the plaster.

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