Iacobus+2019: entering the workspace

What a great moment: about fifty students from four institutions entering the atelier for the nect four days of intense work:

Eric and me, first of all we had a look out of the windows in the western corner…

Just to think about the fact that some fivehundredfifty years ago, the european world just ended here, in front of this seemingly endless atlantic ocean!

What a inspiring ambience! We told the students that in case of any lack of inspiration, just have a look out of the windows!

In the evening, when we finally left the space, the light just became even more intense. Keep the ateliers open day and night…

Iacobus+/2019: meet-and-greet at the UdC

The international architecture student project has been started in 1995 by Claude Gaillard (ENSA Clermont-Ferrand) and Rafael Baltar (Universidad da Coruña). At its third edition in 1997, Nick Dobler (OTH Regensburg) joined the team. Each year, one of the participating institutions in turn selects the topic around the preservation and evolution of the architectural patrimony, prepares the program and hosts the workshop, which is the starting point of the project in March. After one week of conferences, site visit and joint work in mixed international teams, the students return to their university in order to work on their personal design projects. In June each year, selected students meet again at the institution which in turn hosts the following session in order to meet the jury who decides about the Grand Prix Rafael Baltar for the best project of all institutions. In 2017, the NUACA Yerevan with Emma Harutyunyan joined the team. At the 24th edition of Iacobus, there are 22 French, eight Spanish, six Armenian and seven German students participating, together with their twelve teachers, a large group, who met in the main auditory of the Faculty of Architecture at the UDC on Monday, March 11, 2019 in order to start the project of converting the site of Sta. Maria Colegiata del Sar in Santiago de Compostela:

Construction 1 will become…

… very much visible. Wednesday, Mr. Karl Roedl from Holzbau Roedl will deliver the three objects, made by some twenty students out of wooden slats, to the OTH.

Wolfgang Brandl organized the site and the date, Guenter Friedl the material, Holzbau Roedl lent us a hangar at his carpenter workshop and finally yesterday, Nov. 15, twenty students came to participate. They built three of their models, following completely different approaches. The group around Guenter Friedl constructed a bridge, testing the load-bearing capacity of trussed girders: 1,7 tons were no task at all for their construction! The team around Wolfgang Brandl and Michael Feil developed a very complex constructive node leading to the raise of a beautiful spatial object, using extremely few materials. And last but not least the team around Christian Kirchberger, Lina, Greta and myself built the 1:1 model of Kathrin Partheter and Matthias Schmid, a huge tube consisting of a series of frames and a varying cladding of slats. I do think everybody learnt a lot, especially with the load test of the tube, when it became apparent that nails are not efficient at all when put into cross-cut wood. But nothing Mr. Roedl couldn’t fix with some screws…

So see for yourself:

 

Some „moving pictures“: