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What to expect in our Green Design Studio (Pifko /Macháčová /Krajcsovics)?
In our design studio a:za we focus on sustainability, quality of the indoor environment, ease of operation and adaptability - the most current topics of the contemporary architecture. Our approach is methodological, not typological, combining the quality of the architectural concept with the environment-friendly design. The optimization of designs in terms of the concept of "green", "blue" or "smart" buildings is our goal. Professors in the Studio: Henrich Pifko (assoc.prof., AA SKA), Klára Macháčová, and Lorant Krajcsovics. If it is possible, we work together (students as well as teachers), and we try to keep together Slovak and English-speaking students too, supporting exchange of ideas, experience, approaches. If it is necessary, we are able to work online really efficiently, using interactive Zoom tool.
You can see results of such work in our Gallery. List of our English-speaking students is in the end of this page (if you want a reference, you can contact them), current studio assignment and the design tasks of the previous semesters are listed bellow...
Current design task (winter term 2022/23)
For the winter semester 2022/23, the assignment of our English-language studio is the theme of the international student competition "Architecture Student Contest" in Lisbon - the same as the task for our Slovak students, we shall try to work together... Studio assignment is identical with the competition design task, so you can participate in an important international competition without much of additional effort. We expect that you will work in pairs, sharing the workload.
Revitalisation of an urban block, Lisbon - (AN-VII, AT-III)
Our assignment for WS 2022/23 is the revitalization of a part of the city block west of the center of Lisbon, a short distance from the Tajo River, where new cultural activities and housing are to be added. The three focal points are:
- creation of a new Lisbon Video Library by renovating an existing building on the east side of the site
- design of a new residential building in the center of the plot with underground parking
- proposal for outdoor areas and greenery - relaxation, connection to the surrounding streets.
Due to the scope and difficulty of the assignment, we assume work in teams (two students).
Historical development of the Boavista Landfill - 19th, 20th and 21st century...
The reconstructed building is intended to house the new Lisbon Video Library and the Lisbon Film Commission, it is to be a center dedicated to the "moving images" - film and video. The aim of the video library is to make available an archive of audiovisual content about Lisbon, which covers topics, personalities and events related to Lisbon in various forms: documentary, feature, short, amateur and animated films and videos. There should be space for organizing events to support discussion, reflection and discovery of the city through film and video. The existing building with a reinforced concrete frame is oriented (access and windows) to the inner block, has three floors and it is required to preserve its architectural expression, which is characterized by plastered walls, brick arches above the windows and limestone decorative elements.
Reconstructed building (the future Lisbon Video Library)...
The new building (max. 6 floors) in the inner block should have a predominantly residential function:
- the ground floor is intended for entrances, shops, services, studios, galleries, start-ups
- on other floors, 80% of the usable area will be allocated for one- and two-bedroom apartments
- 20% of the area is for co-housing with residential units up to 35 m2
- two-level parking is expected under the building.
The division of the treated area and the planned new construction on its western side...
The outdoor space must meet the following requirements:
- enable pedestrian connections between buildings and surrounding streets
- create attractive relaxation and entertainment zones for residents and passers-by
- maximize greenery, limit impermeable areas.
- ensure the pedestrian connection of neighboring streets.
More information on this topic (in English) can be found in the pdf of the competition task here...
You can find more information about the competition on its website, including the project of our students in the international round of the previous year.
Video about Lisbon
Summer term 2021/22 design task
For summer semester, our English-speaking students followed our main design studio assignment: Health centre Zorion in Nové Mesto nad Váhom - an interesting real-life task...
Winter term 2021/22 design task
For the winter semester 2021/22, the assignment of our English-language studio is the theme of the international student competition "Architecture Student Contest": project of revitalization of the area next to the Warszawa Wschodnia train station by combining housing and opportunities for social activities. The task has two parts: to create a center for meetings and entertainment on the site of the old factory building (in accordance with the heritage protection limits) and to design student housing in the new residential area. Details of the task are here (PDF)... Presentation of the task and site - video... Video about the site - interactive 360° View...
Summer term 2020/21 design task
For the summer term 2020/21, the assignment of our English-language studio is the theme of the international student competition Camous STU Bratislava (Inspirelli Awards). It should include the STU innovative science center, educational, social, multi-purpose and leisure spaces such as interiors, exteriors and part of the rector's workplaces, creating conditions for cooperation of the professionals and academic environment, and to serve as an important city space for communication with public)...
Winter term 2020/21 design task
For the winter semester, the assignment of our English-language studio is the revitalization of the old factory club "Vernost" (new structure and/or reconstruction) at the former "Dynamit Nobel" factory in Bratislava.
Summer term 2019/20 design task
Assignment for the summer term 2019/2020 was the Metropolitan Innovation Center: revitalization of the urban block Bratislava-Bazová (mix of new buildings and reconstruction of old industrial halls).
Winter term 2019/20 design task
In winter term 2019/20 our Erasmus students prepared designs for the Saint-Gobain MultiComfort Student Contest. Its task was Sustainable Development Park - revitalisation (school, housing, ...) of a brownfield area in Paris Saint-Denis.
ERASMUS and English-speaking students in our "English" design studio:
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Mariia Pavlusenko, erasmus
Hugo Vanderheyden, erasmus
Elena Guardo Valdivielso, erasmus
Beatriz Madeira Duarte, erasmus
Madhu Sain, EN
Oleksii Zolochevskyi, EN
Meyer, Kendra, erasmus
Neuner, Stefan, erasmus
Lucil Martins, erasmus
Silvia Viccari, erasmus
Mohammad Ali Rammazani, EN
Madhu Sain, EN
Alexis Juan Santiago, erasmus
Madhu Sain, EN
Oleksii Zolochevskyi, EN
Mafalda Marques Melancia, erasmus
Diogo Maia Nunes, erasmus
Violette Feutry, erasmus
Arnaud Delvit, erasmus
Ana Rita Paes, erasmus
Olga Domalewska, erasmus
Silke DeGreef, erasmus
Damien Nardeux, erasmus