EFN Workshop in San Sebastian – High Architecture Low Carbon

EFN Workshop in San Sebastian – High Architecture Low Carbon

Group picture with their final mock-ups

Group picture with their final mock-ups

In the very last minute all 8 mock-ups were finished and ready to be presented at the International Conference of Architectural Envelopes ICAE in San Sebastian. At the conference we had the chance to discuss the concept of disassembly and its consequences with representatives from companies, architects and planners. The built model helps the discussion about different aspects of the design.

After everything was done the students commented that it was worth to take this course (most of them did it voluntary) as they think about materials and their type of connection differently. Beyond that, the students said, they gained a better understanding of the workload that lies between a drawing and the actual model. Besides a week of handicraft work we hope this experience contributes to improve the ability to design and detail facades with high architectural qualities and low carbon.

Workshop area / tent

Workshop area / tent

EFN Workshop week in San Sebastian in cooperation with RWTH Aachen.


45 students from 12 nations participated the EFN workshop in San Sebastian. Students from the University of the Basque Country and RWTH Aachen joined the one week of detailing the concept and realizing the design. The course was supervised by Prof. Linda Hildebrand and Max Ernst from Aachen/ Detmold and Inigo de Viar from the University of the Basque Country. We started with setting up the workshop area with erecting the tent (10m x 5m x 5m) right before the main entrance of the University.

Experiences with tools were very different so we first introduced the basic tools with great fun.

Introducing the tools

Introducing the tools

In March we started with the first of two one-day workshops with the students in San Sebastian. In these sessions the assignment’s idea and the background were introduced; the performance of a façade is linked to a certain energy amount. Beyond the performance energy, building elements, which are produced by resources and energy, are design parameter that defines long-term impact on nature. In the future it will be increasingly relevant to keep the value of the resource and enable it to be applied multiple times in various functions. What are the parameters and how can we develop a façade with high architectural quality and low carbon? According to this the assignment was the idea was to design a façade with three functions with a suitable end of life concept.

Fun with tools

Fun with tools

 

 


Paola and Rutiang from Aachen (German Façade)

Paola and Rutiang from Aachen (German Façade)

The students grouped up in teams of 3-5 mostly with whom they speak the same language with. This turned out to be handy for the work itself and also for addressing groups. Each team referred to itself by its nationality.

On the end of the first day the ideas were finalized and the preparation started. The concepts were very divers; The variety included urban furniture (Polish Façade), solid façade systems (like French and Spanish Façade) or post and beam construction (German Façade). Plans were detailed and adapted to available material. The broad tool collection allowed almost any type of connection in wood, plastic or aluminium, the greatest challenge was the time.

Kangaroo Façade Group (one of the two Spanish groups)

Kangaroo Façade Group (one of the two Spanish groups)

The French Group

The French Group

 

 


In the very last minute all 8 mock-ups were finished and ready to be presented at the International Conference of Architectural Envelopes ICAE in San Sebastian. At the conference we had the chance to discuss the concept of disassembly and its consequences with representatives from companies, architects and planners. The built model helps the discussion about different aspects of the design.

After everything was done the students commented that it was worth to take this course (most of them did it voluntary) as they think about materials and their type of connection differently. Beyond that, the students said, they gained a better understanding of the workload that lies between a drawing and the actual model. Besides a week of handicraft work we hope this experience contributes to improve the ability to design and detail facades with high architectural qualities and low carbon.

International Group (Polish, Canadian, French) designed a multifunctional façade that serves as shelf for retail purposes when open, and opaque surface when closed. The shape of the elements was defined by the rotating mechanism. / International Facade

International Group (Polish, Canadian, French) designed a multifunctional façade that serves as shelf for retail purposes when open, and opaque surface when closed. The shape of the elements was defined by the rotating mechanism. / International Facade

The Polish Group designed an Urban furniture that insulates a building and replaces the plaster water barrier by a modular system offering different social functions. / Polish Group

The Polish Group designed an Urban furniture that insulates a building and replaces the plaster water barrier by a modular system offering different social functions. / Polish Group

Discussing the façade at the ICAE  / Conference

Discussing the façade at the ICAE / Conference