Daniel Ewald, landscape architect MNLA

Project presentation – LAA215 Construction Design

Aerial view of the design concept in progress. SketchUp with aftereffects in Photoshop & Snapseed.

The construction design course has finally been delivered and presented. It has been a very educational course, where the main emphasis has been on the design concept, while at the same time a lot of work has been put into technical solutions and construction material assessments. In many ways it shows how one as a landscape architect needs to keep everything in mind; from design to plan to descriptions; being creative in the design process but down to earth in how the project should be realised. It’s a challenging balance act.

My concept is centered around some core issues at the site: The untidyness, the lack of an overall design that ties the area together; the inconsequent lighting; the lack of water elements; the “ceiling” sky divided by electrical cables; as well as the general feel of transit rather than public space.

Illustration plan.

I’ve used a paving of light granite laid perpendicular on a darker set of slabs angled towards the centre of the site; allowing surface water to collect in a small pond in the middle. The form acknowledges the site’s qualities as sunny and bright, while the function is the polar opposite. The darker lines in the paving will also act as visual guidelines across the square.

Detail of the Fraxinus excelsior planted on the square along with bench elements.

Focusing on the open sky on the square, now free from electrical cables as the tramlines have been removed, I wished to exchange the former static feel with a organic one – now a ceiling of branches and leaves, not poles and wires.

Details of the raised tramline construction; SketchUp.

A core element in my design is a pergola construction set in place of the former tramlines; the function of which will cease to exist when the old trams with a single driving direction have been exchanged with newer models. The construction will give identity to a place which formerly has been just a site you pass through. Lights will be integrated in the construction, removing the need for many different sources of lighting and giving a tidier impression to the site as a whole.

Early iPad-sketch of the tramline construction principles. Of natural reasons I couldn’t use actual tramlines (the construction would have exceeded 7 tons in mass). Shown here is a hollow corten steel profile.

Visualisation showing the different elements in context.

The project was dubbed “John Colletts Passage”; as the project is intended to reflect on the past functions of the site, while introducing new functions in order to reclaim the site as a public space, and not just an intersection as it is today.

The full presentation (Norwegian) is available on my project presentation page.

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4 Responses

  1. Frode says:

    Vakkert!

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