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40 641 Multistory buildings

Full course name in English: 
Multistory buildings
40 641
Syklus 2
2021 Vår
2021 Vår
Maksimum antall studenter: 
Bente Kleven

Passed 3 years of architectural studies

Om emnet

An important aim for the Multistory Buildings studio course is to explore, study and play with the architectural potential of the loadbearing structure of a building in terms of materiality, design and how the structure can play an active role in framing good spaces for different use.

The first part of the semester will deal with investigation and research of actual structural materials and configuration of loadbearing elements for multistory buildings. These studies will include interesting historical and contemporary architectural examples, and inspiring student projects.

The architectural studies will be concluded in an elaborate and detailed semester project that emphasizes architectural qualities that make the building attractive to future users in the longest possible time perspective.

Therefore, the building will be developed with respect to cultural, social, and environmental sustainability and it should be designed with respect to diversity and flexibility, and include spaces that can be furnished to suit changing needs.

The building shall include a sustainable structural organization of rooms, construction and exterior walls. The structural elements should play a significant role for the architectural quality of the building. The building's vital parts need not to be replaced, but must be serviceable for decades. The principles of ventilation, water and drainage must be studied and specified.

Special attention should be paid to the climate shell and daylight openings.

The building should be prepared for a mix use program.


Knowledge about:
- how to explore, create and organize good architectural space for different programs in a given context.
- how to deal with different structural materials and loadbearing principles
- different principles for organization and design of vertical communication space and space for service-/technical equipment
- different building envelopes physical structure and materiality
Being able to discuss, consider and explore:
- spatial and tactile qualities within a holistic architectural concept.
- various structural materiality and principles impact on architectural quality customized for different use and program for a building over time.
- architectural qualities and possibilities of different organization and design of vertical communication space for users and service
- a building envelope design
- architectural expression and materiality in relation to an actual location context.
Being able to document and present a conclusive and comprehensive and sustainable architectural project on an actual plot through excellent illustrations and a physical model.

General competence:
Being able to apply the acquired knowledge about structures, vertical communication spaces and building envelope into a sustainable building project with great architectural qualities usable for different programs. Get skills in discussing, evaluating and exploring the actual architectural topics.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The studio will be carried through with a main emphasis on architectural projects to be completed in groups of 2 students. Project material is expected to be detailed using digital tools, as well as small and largescale models. Preliminary sketching and development of ideas is to be done using analogue tools.
Otherwise, the course includes various activities:
• initial subtasks on current topics
• theme-oriented lectures
• private and group input / lectures and discussions
• inspection of relevant local projects
• reviews every second week
It is possible to inform the study administration by an e-mail the name of your fellow student you plan to co-work with when you sign up for the course.
Oppmøte til undervisning
A general attendance of minimum 80% is required.
- Attendance at lectures is required.
- Participation in individual or group supervision is required, adapted to individual needs.
- Participation in workshops and reviews is required to pass.
- Development, presentation, and review of a completed project design is required to pass.
The student must attend all project reviews. Final project presentations will be assessed as passed/failed by an internal and external examiner after a final review. There will be made a written evaluation.
Mandatory attendance at all project reviews and active participation in discussions around the course different topics at lectures and other arrangements.

Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Annet - spesifiser i kommentarfeltet Ikke påkrevd
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Annet - spesifiser i kommentarfeltet
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Ikke påkrevd
ProsjektoppgaveIndividuellBestått / ikke bestått Final project presentations will be assessed as passed/failed by an internal and external examiner after a final review
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar: Final project presentations will be assessed as passed/failed by an internal and external examiner after a final review