From 31 contests, Entropic in collaboration with Studio4SPACE was chosen as the second place for the design of a mixed-use, Library & Kindergarten, in Józefów, Poland. Our project imagined two hyper-rational timber boxes, joined together to make a rooftop playground, and a gateway, to the adjacent public forest, creating playful interiors, and exciting outdoor spaces. The project facades reference's the adjacent forest, and local vernacular construction, whilst performing as major carbon sync, offsetting construction impacts. With the rooftop playground, children enjoy amazing playspaces, whilst the project's footprint is greatly reduced. The project in plan shifts to creates a new urban/nature public plaza whilst connecting visually to two streets at once!
Our proposal for a school in Michałowice has been released! The client requested a single floor for all the functions so that the kids could easily move between rooms, without the danger of stairs. The local planning regulations, however forbid such a large footprint and the project as a result would require two levels. Instead, we propose a single floorplate, in a continuous soft spiral ramp, which achieves both requirements without the need for stairs! The project, inspired from the local vernacular, incorporates timber construction, offering strong environmental credentials, as a source of a carbon sink. A nature integrated playground stretches around the project, connecting the children to the available landscape. The project marries both function and play in its spiral based form, whilst working as a powerful icon for the area.
Team: Magdalena Mróz, Geoffrey Eberle, Bartek Dendura, Paweł Marjański
See our Proposal for Aarhus, a massive park adaptation focused on pedestrianization and connectivity. Kongelunden today is a vast, nature reserve, south of the city, which is divided by an outdated network of roads. We propose to radically pedestrianize the entire area, taking the area away from cars and handing over the park to people and nature. Our proposal incorporates a giant loop which plugs into the existing functions and neighborhoods of the area, strengthening their usage and visibility. In tandem we propose a series of additional activities from playgrounds to art residencies, to a large new watch tower overlooking the entire area. The viewing tower will attract to the park additional visitors and boost the local economy, whilst adding to the existing Aarhus architectural repertoire.
Team: Geoffrey Eberle, Magdalena Mróz, Asal Mohtashami
How can we adapt our cities for the coming challenges with rising water levels? The Coastal Path is a solution for the flood protection line to protect Vejle from storm surges and rising sea water level. Additional land is added to the current edge in a form of nature basins connected by three paths meandering between the different levels. The proposed paths and basins are designed to secure the coastal elevation until 2100. The paths create a missing link between the city (the harbour and the city center) and nature of Vejle Fjord and The Deer Park. The Coastal Path acts as an intelligent buffer against the road and the train tracks reducing the noise and pollution and offering seamless recreational experience connecting people with nature!
Team: Geoffrey Eberle, Magdalena Mróz, Bartosz Kobylakiewicz, Asal Mohtashami
Take at a look at our proposal for the Vejle floating gardens! A serries of interconnected floating islands, which dissipate storm surges coming into the harbor, whilst creating public plazas, gardens, playgrounds and cafes! We propose a new approach to rejuvenating previous industrial site into exciting public spaces for people, creating large, new pedestrian network, cycle routes and new costal functions. Through a collection of different nature based interventions, we encourage all kinds of natural biodiversity, to strengthen existing species populations, which otherwise were damaged by industry. Through the application of floating technology, we gain the benefits of significant cost reductions as opposed to filling in the harbor, whilst also using minimum material resources, which reduce the environmental impact significantly.
Team: Geoffrey Eberle, Magdalena Mróz, Bartosz Kobylakiewicz, Asal Mohtashami
FANTASTIC NEWS!! Project Superframe wins Second Prize for the International competition for Standard Housing and Residential Development in Russia!!! How to define a livable city in the Russian context in the 21st century? Rather than the existing isolated block typology, our model proposes courtyards to create public and private spaces with in-between pedestrian zones for activities and public functions. We believe cities should be fun, engaging, easy to navigate through, offering new possibilities for the urban citizen! Our proposal re-evaluates contemporary urban life and new modes of living. We propose greater individual expression in the city fabric, timber architecture and standardized systems offering sustainable and affordable housing!
Team: Kevin Westerveld, Maxime Cunin, Thomas Krall, Magdalena Mróz, Geoff Eberle
Last week we were in Moscow discussing with Igor Shuvalov (Deputy Prime Minister), Mikhail Men (Minister of Construction Industry) and Alexander Plutnik (Director General of Agency For Housing Mortgage Lending) on the future of the next standard of Russian housing. With over 900 million m2 of housing to be upgraded throughout Russia, this will be one of the largest redevelopments in history. We are arguing for wood as the primary material to be used, to bring a new and unprecedented sustainable future to the Russian housing industry. We can create cheaper homes, at better quality and individualized spaces. Our proposal would be a substantial upgrade to the existing Russian market. We are now in second phase of the competition, hoping for a Timber Future of Russia!
Infinity Loop was chosen to be built from 32 competition applications! Infinity Loop is a community based project, seeking to transform a busy roundabout and intersection into a super active public plaza! Thank you to Perron 14 for organizing the community meetings and public involvement, we look forward to continued collaboration! A big thank you to Gemeente Den Haag, for organizing the competition and for selecting our proposal. Thank you to Art-S-Cool for the amazing children's design and input into the area - It's great to see the next generation of artists and designers having an input in their own spaces at such a young age. Big thanks to PxK Design for the continued structural input! Most importantly, thank you to all the community members, who took part and had their say, we hope to develop further communication throughout the process!
TEAM: Kevin Westerveld, Thomas Krall, Geoff Eberle, Kim Christensen
We were selected to the second stage for our proposal for the next generation of mass housing in Russia! The competition asked for a scheme which could be adapted in a variety of situations to create a new standard for low-cost housing. Based upon Russian individuality, common spaces, and their massive supply of timber, we proposed mass timber housing with individualized bespoke facade panels!! We designed a courtyard typology instead of the usual block typology of the region to bring a new community-oriented future. By creating a new standard of housing in timber we can effectively reverse climate change, by storing large amounts of Co2 within the building fabric, all for a more or less similar price to the typical concrete housing of today!
Our proposal for the PAPE watch tower competition RECEIVES Honourable Mention! The Latvian rural natural reserve called for a proposal to replace their previous watch tower which was struck by lightning. We imagined a tower which would extend the existing pathway into a continuous Spiral, which would gradually expand to offer seating area at the best views! The materials reference the original tower vernacular in timber as decking, and thatch to clad the hand rail. The watch tower can simultaneously offer both shaded seating and open seating, for all weathers, offering an experience throughout the year!