A smelly house. A student from Brno was fascinated by the design of accommodation for the blind, she uses round shapes, drafts and the smell of interior spaces

I arrive at the faculty in the morning. The building is quiet and empty, but full of diploma theses with individual 3D models of buildings arranged differently around the classrooms. I meet the first juror in the hallway Ondrej Chybík from the studio Chybik + Kristof Architects & Urban Designers, of which BUT is the alma mater. Proof that BUT can train successful architects. He marks the work that Ondřej was interested in with colored glue. Like the other two jurors – Associate Professor Tomáš Rusín and editor-in-chief Hana Lesákováwho review more than 80 student works from the early morning hours, of which approximately 12 works will then be subjected to in-depth evaluation in terms of content, text and design and mark the winning projects by consensus. They work in collaboration with positively rated singleeven with the works, the public will soon be able to see them on the exhibition, which will start on September 9, 2021 at the premises of Brno KUMST.

From left to right: Ondřej Chybík, Tomáš Rusín and Hana Lesáková were members of an independent jury that evaluated the diploma theses. | Source: archizoom.cz / planetabrno.cz / era21.cz

After a few hours, we find ourselves in class with diploma theses, which the jurors have pre-selected. Their evaluation, on which the members surprisingly agree, is not only a feedback for the students, but also for the faculty itself, whose management the judges recommended granting more attention to the life cycle of buildings and the selection and ecology of materials in relation to carbon. footprint. “The assigned subjects lack timelessness, the current issues of contemporary architectural discourse are not posed.” they correspond. Nevertheless, a proposal of such character was found among the works. Then the jury highlights the great potential, progress and direction that the Faculty of Architecture is currently taking.

The jury awarded the project, which deals with the theme of ecology, third place. It is the work of student Adéla Vepřková, who prepared a work on the topic of elementary architecture, the purpose of which was the architectural design of an ideal space and suitable conditions for the popularization of architecture for the people. Possible means were to transfer architecture beyond the borders of large cities and schools to regional towns or villages or to mediate a fine aesthetic and spatial education for children. The student developed a school design for third world countries. She also amazed the jury with her very well developed text. The environmental friendliness of the solution has been documented by numerous analyzes and research, in which the author describes, for example, the material and construction know-how available in the developing eastern region of the Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo. That is why its conciseness is also essential for such a project, because people will participate in it, even without the slightest experience in construction. “The work is sympathetic with its emphasis on solving third world problems and at the same time with its approach to ecology”, summarizes the jury.

Adela Vepřková Source: Facebook / Diploma Thesis School for Third World Countries Source: FA BUT in BrnoAdela Vepřková Source: Facebook / Diploma Thesis School for Third World Countries Source: FA MAIS

The purpose of the work is to design a school for the village of Buleosa in cooperation with the local forest ranger, with whom the author also communicated during the design.  |  Source: FA GOAL in BrnoThe purpose of the work is to design a school for the village of Buleosa in cooperation with the local forest ranger, with whom the author also communicated during the design. | Source: FA BUT

The jury appreciated the in-depth knowledge of the needs of Third World countries.  The author has demonstrated the environmental friendliness of the solution through extensive analysis and research.  |  Source: FA GOAL in BrnoThe jury appreciated the in-depth knowledge of the needs of Third World countries. The author has proven the ecological nature of the solution through numerous analyzes and research. | Source: FA BUT

In the second winning work, albeit in a different assignment, the typology of the school building is also present in the design. Author Mária Červeňová has prepared a dissertation on the theme of the Ecological City of Lausanne, which over the past decade has been looking for ways to stop still free or poorly built areas within the city. a vast concept.

Mária Červeňová Source: Facebook / Diploma thesis on housing in Lausanne |  Source: FA GOAL in BrnoMária Červeňová Source: Facebook / Diploma thesis on housing in Lausanne Source: FA MAIS

The objective was to create new housing without expanding into too rare landscapes or adjoining agglomerations. In terms of formal treatment, the jury appreciated the high level of work, in particular the 3D model, but also the content, through the layout of the interior of the school building. The individual classrooms are separated by corridors, and so the author brings a steady rhythm of full and empty space into the building. Corridors illuminate the hall and bring new possibilities to the school. “In this work, we appreciate the typology of school, classrooms and space, which creates a new way of understanding the movement of children in school. In addition, the philosophical work with the concept vacuum is brought to a high level and quality.Due to the complexity of the mission and the complexity of individual operations, the graduate created a high-quality urban concept and made maximum use of the interaction between the premises. The project is easy to implement in practice, “ Associate Professor Rusín assessed the jury.

The empty environment also connects the two school buildings, where the public can move around.  |  Source: FA GOAL in BrnoThe empty environment also connects the two school buildings, where the public can move around. | Source: FA BUT

Location map Source: FA BUT in BrnoLocation map Source: FA MAIS

And finally, the winning design – graduate Marianna Kubová attracted the jury primarily with her conceptual approach, which is logically reflected in both the architectural design and the submitted presentation, and thus significantly stood out from the other works. In the project entitled Beyond the Boundary of Body and Space, the author focuses on the concept of space, which cannot be defined solely by the physical boundary of man or the physical boundary of bodies, such as matter, color, structure or sound absorption. According to the author, these are the qualities that “radiate” to our senses, which are enlargements and extensions of the human body in space, trying to process the properties of the environment. Therefore, the resulting spaces are also intended for the blind.

Marianna Kubova Source: Facebook / Diploma thesis entitled Beyond the boundaries of body and space |  Source: FA GOAL in BrnoMarianna Kubova Source: Facebook / Diploma thesis entitled Beyond the limits of the body and space Source: FA MAIS

“The building line works with luminous intensity in the form of skylights, with the spatial haptics of the round shapes of the walls, with twisted terrain, scent or drafts, which is a very attractive theme. and original. The author was looking for a new form of space, and she really found it for me, “ describes the Chybík jury, which particularly appreciates the author’s conceptual approach and the overall form of presentation of the project. The jury further agrees that the chosen theme and its elaboration in terms of an inclusive space for visually impaired children is very beneficial. “The articulation of matter in relation to spatial diversity and the involvement of all the senses in the perception of space and architecture is an important achievement.”

The jury appreciated the conceptual thinking, which is logically described both in the architectural design and in the submitted presentation.  |  Source: FA GOAL in BrnoThe jury appreciated the conceptual thinking, which is logically described both in the architectural design and in the submitted presentation. | Source: FA BUT

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