Yesterday morning we had our Final Exam. It was a written exam with 14 questions to choose from. We had to write 5 short answer essays which had to do with our lectures and readings. It went well, I feel pretty confident in my answers for all of the questions. After that went to Christiania to have lunch and do some shopping. Christiania is a free town which was founded in 1971 by a group of hippies who developed it into an alternative society with its own regulated set of rules separate from the government. I saw that some of the rules were: no cars, no stealing, no guns, no bullet-proof vests, no hard drugs, no flash bombs? and no cameras. I didn’t understand the camera rule until someone explained to me that the government has tried to shut it down for some time. Christiania is a really interesting area. Most of the citizens are artisans, so there’s a lot of really interesting art throughout, such as metal work ( jewelry), carpentry, graffiti, glass work, etc. From what I’ve heard and seen, they seem more known for the cannabis… they have stands through out. They have a lot of great cafe’s and vegetarian places too! We went and had lunch at this little place where these two women cooked a ton of different dishes and it worked like a buffet. Everything was homemade and delicious! After that we went to see the Trinitatis Church and climb the round tower. Omi Lord..what an accomplishment. It’s 40 meters high but it was so worth the climb, the view was amazing!!!
Both Christiania and the Round Tower are really close to my Kollegium, I actually pass them almost everyday on my run, so we walked back to our Kolleguim and got ready for the exhibition and dinner. The Exhibition was really cool! We got to see projects from all the different programs like textiles, furniture, urban design, architecture and graphic design. After that we had our social and had dinner and drinks.
I started doing laundry and packing today = [ .Our plan is to go see some more sites in the city, go to Tivoli and then our Professors invited all of us Interior Architecture students over for a little social later. = ] I’m pretty excited about that because I really loved both of my Professors and I want to go get them a card to let them know how great they were and how much I learned from them.
I’m sorry I haven’t really blogged in a while, I’ve been super busy over here. Never a dull moment. We’ve been working on our Final Project the last few weeks. The last week has been really rough. Lots of work, not much sleep. I spent 48 hrs in the studio straight over the weekend, during Fashion week…That’s dedication right? Anyways. I had my Final Presentation this morning & it went really well. = ] Lots of great feedback, and I learned a lot from critique.
So here is Assignment 2: Pumpehuset Hostel
The site was built in 1857 and was an industrial waterworks plant. It was designed in the Romanesque style by N.S. Nebelong. Since the waterworks complex was rebuilt in 1951, this building has been out of use. The machine house has been used as a music venue featuring events and concerts and drawing in a young alternative crowd.
Our job was to turn this building into a youth hostel. We started collaborating research before and after our Sweden/Finland tour and then we basically had 3 weeks to finish our design and be ready to present. For my concept I wanted to create a modern industrial design that would reflect the previous use of the building as a waterworks industrial plant. I wanted to contrast between new and old scandinavian architecture by utilizing the existing structure, while also taking a modern style approach. After our experiences in hostels, I really wanted to create an environment that would give guests the privacy they needed but also promote social interaction. I think its really important for guests to feel safe and secure and have their space, but also to have fun and get to know other people along their journey. So here is my Presentation board
We handed in our visual journal and then have our Final exam tomorrow morning. After that we have exhibition where all of our work is displayed in a gallery. We get two free drinks & dinner. = ] I have a lot more to do and see and I fly back to the states saturday morning…. So I will continue to be busy and on-the-go non-stop. I’m going to see everything I possible can before I leave. I love it here…this went by too fast..I don’t want to leave.
Friday was our last day in Finland. = [ Our first site was the Myyrmaki Church, which was not too far out of Helsinki. It was such a beautiful church. There were different layers in the layout of the church … Continue reading →
Thursday Morning we had another typical hostel breakfast at the Soko’s Presidentti. At all of the hostels we stayed at they offered a buffet which had bread, some cold cuts, scrambled eggs, oatmeal and some fruit which tasted like it … Continue reading →
Aalto Day! Wednesday morning we had breakfast at the hostel and left around 8:00 am for our first site, Saynatsalo. This is a multifunction building complex Aalto built in the 50’s consisting of a town hall, library, and shops. Our … Continue reading →