Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
  • Location: Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Porter Gallery
  • Project: 2015-16
  • Client: Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Programme: Exhibition
  • Tasks: Exhibition Design
  • Size: 300 m2
  • Collaborators: Zak Group
  • Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau

‘Engineering the World’ gives the visitor an unprecedented insight into the life and work of Ove Arup, the most influential engineer of the 20th Century, and how his philosophy of ‘Total Design’ helped make possible some of the world’s most iconic buidldings including the Sydney Opera House and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Set in the Porter Gallery, Dyvik Kahlen have created an immersive installation inspired by Arup’s archive images of engineering labs, used as a stage for experimentation and creative thinking. Celebrating the byproduct of the collaborative design process and philosophy championed by Ove Arup, the exhibition brings together doodles, test models, measuring tools, calculation sheets, prototypes and simulation devices from various disciplines. They are displayed as process objects in a raw and functional environment, resulting in an atmosphere which is more evocative of a design ‘lab’ than a gallery space.

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Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Utopian Treasury
Utopian Treasury
Utopian Treasury
Utopian Treasury
Utopian Treasury
Utopian Treasury
Utopian Treasury
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Utopian Treasury

Somerset House, London

Raboes, Transferium
Raboes, Transferium
Raboes, Transferium
Raboes, Transferium
Raboes, Transferium
Raboes, Transferium
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Raboes, Transferium

Eemnes, Holland

Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
Warehouse Apartment
  • Location: Kilburn, London
  • Project: 2013
  • Completion: 2015
  • Client: Private
  • Programme: Residential, Conversion
  • Tasks: All stages
  • Size: 200 m2
  • Budget: N/A
  • Collaborators: Trevor Scott Consultant
  • Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau

A former warehouse overlooking the Paddington Old Cemetery has been converted into a live/work unit for an artist and his family. The original space was arranged as an open plan, with a continuous array of windows along all four facades. While the brief was to implement five individual rooms, the ambitions was to maintain the beautiful and open feeling of this floor.

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Warehouse Apartment

Kilburn, London

‘Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’
‘Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’
‘Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’
‘Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’
‘Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’
‘Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’
‘Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’
‘Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’
‘Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’
  • Location: Barbican Art Gallery, London
  • Project: 2014-15
  • Programme: Exhibition
  • Size: 2200 m2
  • Budget: N/A
  • Curator: Lydia Yee
  • Graphic Design: Fraser Muggeridge Studio
  • Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau, Damien Hirst, Courtesy Murderme Collection

The exhibition explores the personal collections and obsessions of a number of key postwar and contemporary artists among other: Arman, Edmund de Waal, Damien Hirst, Sol LeWitt, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Pae White, Howard Hodgkin and Andy Warhol.
The art gallery has been transformed into an assemblage of 13 distinct rooms, each exploring a particular relationship between the artist’s collection, artwork and the atmosphere of the studio or domestic environment of each artist.

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‘Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’

Barbican Art Gallery, London

Penthouse
Penthouse
Penthouse
Penthouse
Penthouse
Penthouse
Penthouse
Penthouse
Penthouse
Penthouse
Penthouse
Penthouse
  • Location: Cologne, Germany
  • Project: 2013
  • Completion: 2015
  • Status: Construction
  • Client: Private
  • Programme: Residential, Rooftop extension
  • Size: 97 m2
  • Collaborators: KKK Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH
  • Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau

In order to accommodate the client’s growing family the existing building, constructed in 1965, is extended by a penthouse, providing 97 m2 of living space and a rooftop terrace. A spiral staircase connects the existing apartment with a central living room on the new floor that opens up towards a terrace. Four doors, one in each corner, lead to three bedrooms and a bathroom. Opening up all doors will allow the kids to continuously run in circles along to the perimeter walls, giving long views from room to room to room.

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Penthouse

Marienburg, Cologne

Twin House
Twin House
Twin House
Twin House
Twin House
  • Location: Ludwigsallee, Aachen
  • Project: 2014
  • Status: Stage 3, Development Design
  • Client: Private
  • Programme: Residential, New Build
  • Size: 611 m2
  • Collaborators: Architekten Schmid

As the name already states the project comprises two new buildings, each six storeys, providing apartments between 45 to 150 m2. Both buildings have similar footprints and face each other across two corners, framing an existing garden.

Located in the center of Aachen, in the garden of an elegant townhouse, built in 1948, that steps away from the main street. This garden breaks the continuous street frontage revealing the neighbouring fire walls on both ends.

The proposal tries to deal with this tricky situation: to continue the neighbouring street frontage; to articulate the end for the two building rows that lead towards the garden from both sides; to deal with a symmetric building ensemble that does not really want to be symmetric in favour of a more subtle expression; to articulate facades that form opposing corners extending the street frontages.

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Twin House

Ludwigsallee, Aachen

Coach House
Coach House
Coach House
Coach House
Coach House
Coach House
Coach House
Coach House
Coach House
Coach House
  • Location: Victoria Park, London Residential Conversion
  • Project: 2013-14
  • Programme: Residential
  • Size : 62sqm

Conversion and complete refurbishment of a former Coach House set within the Victoria Park Conservation Area. The stables used to belong to the local brewery, but has since been used as a taxi garage, artist studio and builders storage.

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Coach House

Victoria Park, London

Garden Villa I
Garden Villa I
Garden Villa I
Garden Villa I

2011 - 2015
Location: Aachen, Germany
Type: Housing, New Build
Client: Private
Project Status: Ongoing Project
Size: 226 m2

The Garden Villa is discreetly located in the midst of a secluded garden plot. Internally, the plan is structured around a modular grid, dividing the ground floor into five identical rooms. The succession of windows and internal doors, always positioned centrally along each wall, provide long views across the entire house. The reduction of circulation space to it’s essential minimum creates surprising spatial relationships between the various rooms.

Whilst the adherence to the grid may appear constricting at first sight, the relationship between the different rooms and spaces between is of a loose nature. The experience is of a fluid sequence of spaces, defined by the carefully framed views of the surrounding gardens, transforming a simple room into an unexpectedly luxurious space.

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Garden Villa I

Aachen, Germany

Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
Fridericianum Museum Foyer
  • Location: Kassel, Germany
  • Completion: 2014
  • Client: Fridericianum Kunsthalle
  • Programme: Arts and Culture
  • Size: 142 m2
  • Collaborators: Zak Group
  • Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau

The foyer lies central to the facade of the Fridericianum building, with a symmetric layout of doors towards the entrance, the two exhibition spaces and the Kunstverein exhibition space. Here the requirement was to integrate a ticket desk, bookshop, cafe and the ability to transform this foyer into an auditorium.

Due to the symmetric nature of this foyer the proposal aims to keep the feeling of this space as being ‘one’ room, avoiding the zoning and division of the space. Since several doors lead to the exhibition spaces, the redundant doors are infilled with 4m tall bookshelves as part of the bookshop. On the opposite side, benches are inset into the window sills towards the facade, providing niche-like spaces overlooking the foyer, while the main space is furnished with two large objects: one reception/cafe volume and a long steel table to display more books.Visitors are able to circulate the space freely, moving between books, cafe, reception and exhibitions.

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Fridericianum Museum Foyer

Kassel, Germany

Artist Shed
Artist Shed
Artist Shed
Artist Shed
Artist Shed
Artist Shed

Twin Rooms, Artist Shed

A shed made of two identical rooms: one open-air, the other with a glass roof. The sameness of both rooms triggers a surreal déjà vu and spatial awareness. Intentionally un-programmed, they offer two spaces of equal importance that expose their quality depending on the changing seasons and the intention/imagination of the user. The proposal plays with the use of simple building components in contrast to the peculiar nature of their composition and repetition.

Each room has two doors and one bench. Mirrored in two directions: one faces east, the other faces south. The open-air room sits adjacent to the main building, and defines a clear exterior space that can be used for sculpting, painting, reading, gardening, eating and many other uses. The second room is covered by a translucent roof giving soft and homogenous light, a felt curtain fixed underneath provides shade and additional insulation in the winter. This room has a view onto the garden and the open-air room, feeling detached from the main building and providing an intimacy that can’t be found in the existing workshops. Only two fixed appliances differentiate both spaces, giving a domestic scale to the otherwise abstract rooms: one sink in the open-air room and a fire-place in the other.

When you approach the site the proposed shed presents
itself as a simple, clear-cut and autonomous form. From the outside
the building is stripped down to its bare elements: a brick wall with carefully placed doors. The clay bricks are brushed with lime render, giving a texture that reflects the colour of the neighbour buildings, while revealing the grid of the new clay bricks beneath. It is slightly set apart from the stone facade of the main building to expose it’s beautiful old facade and to underline the autonomy of both buildings. 


  • Program: Cultural
  • Location: Bruton, Somerset
  • Project: Competition 2015
  • Client: Hauser & Wirth
  • Size: 40 sqm
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Artist Shed

Bruton, Somerset

Buchhandlung Walther König
Buchhandlung Walther König
Buchhandlung Walther König
Buchhandlung Walther König
Buchhandlung Walther König
Buchhandlung Walther König
  • Location: Kulturform, Berlin
  • Project: 2014
  • Status: Concept
  • Client: Buchhandlung Walther König
  • Programme: Bookshop
  • Size: 152 m2
  • Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau

The bookshop is located in a part of the foyer space of the Kulturforum in Berlin, a fast space dominated by a column grid and three different interlocking floor levels with various orientations. Within this complex spacial setting the project neither tries to be too independent nor too similar to the structure of the foyer.

Two elements make this new space. A curtain that forms a 12 by 12m square, fixed to a free standing tube structure, defines the perimeter and interior of the bookshop. The lightness of this curtain produces a contrast to the impressive existing structure, it marks a clear space but gives a sense of transparency. Steel shelves, made of perforated steel sheets, are arranged along this curtain. Some shelves are located on the outside. Even though they serve the inside they expose books and objects to the outside. The other shelves are placed on the inside of the curtain and present themselves as objects that structure the space.

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Buchhandlung Walther König

Kulturforum, Berlin

Twin-Arch
Twin-Arch
Twin-Arch
Twin-Arch
Twin-Arch
Twin-Arch
Twin-Arch
Twin-Arch
Twin-Arch
Twin-Arch
  • Location: Muswell Hill, London
  • Project: 2014-15
  • Status: 5 Construction
  • C lient: Private
  • Programme: Two artist studios
  • Size: 78 m2
  • Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau

A new build artist studio, designed and built with off the shelf materials to a cost of less than £450 per sqm. The plan is made out of two identical spaces, mirrored to form twin facades. One face the client’s private house and garden, located behind the viaduct, while the other offers a view of the London skyline.

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Twin-Arch

Muswell Hill, London

The Small House
The Small House
The Small House
The Small House
The Small House
The Small House
The Small House
The Small House
The Small House
  • Location: Islington, London
  • Project: 2010
  • Completion: 2013
  • Client: Private
  • Programme: Residential House
  • Tasks: All stages
  • Size: 14.1 m2
  • Collaborators: Schipper Bosch BV, Timmerwerkplats BV,
  • Trevor Scott Consultant
  • Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau

The Grade II Listed former flower shop has been rebuilt into a 14.1m2 house made out of prefabricated timber and fitted furniture dressed in cedar, leather, marble and felt. Situated in Islington, North London, the house neatly fills a leftover space between two end of terrace houses. The original facade has been restored, while the rear has been demolished and excavated to allow for the new building. Three levels differentiate kitchen, living and bedroom. Each platform performs several functions, turning this tiny space into a habitable, fully functional house. London’s smallest house was pre-fabricated in Amersfoort, Holland and installed on site within 8 days.

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The Small House

Richmond Avenue, London

Refurbishment Walther König Bookshop
Refurbishment Walther König Bookshop
Refurbishment Walther König Bookshop
Refurbishment Walther König Bookshop
  • Location: Whitechapel Gallery Bookshop, London
  • Project: 2014
  • Client: Buchhandlung Walther König
  • Programme: Bookshop
  • Task : Refurbishment
  • Size: 60 m2
  • Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau
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Refurbishment Walther König Bookshop

Whitechapel Gallery, London

Fagerborggata
Fagerborggata
Fagerborggata
Fagerborggata
Fagerborggata
Fagerborggata
Fagerborggata
  • Location: Fagerborg, Oslo
  • Project: 2013
  • Client: Private
  • Programme: Residential
  • Tasks: All stages
  • Size: 121 m2
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Fagerborggata

Oslo, Norway

Kitchen Table
Kitchen Table
Kitchen Table
Kitchen Table
Kitchen Table
Kitchen Table
  • Project 049: Kitchen Table
  • Location: Highbury, London
  • Program: Furniture
  • Size: 5 sqm
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau
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Kitchen Table

London

Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
  • Project 033: Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'
  • Location: Taipei Art Biennale 2012, Taipei
  • Program: Exhibition
  • Year: 2012
  • Stage: Built
  • Collaborators: Zak Group
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Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'

Taipei Art Biennale 2012, Taipei

Office LWB
Office LWB
Office LWB
Office LWB
Office LWB
Office LWB
Office LWB
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Office LWB

Leipzig, Germany

Studio House
Studio House
Studio House
Studio House
  • Location: Aachen, Germany
  • Project: 2010–11
  • Client: Private
  • Programme: Housing, Conversion
  • Tasks: Stages 0–3
  • Size: 110 m2

Located in a small courtyard within the city centre of Aachen this project proposes to convert a 110 sqm workshop building into a live/work space for an artist. The building has two floors and is accessed by an external staircase. The idea is to change the existing fabric as little as possible, yet making it a good place to live. While the workshop is located on the ground floor. The first floor is divided by a glass wall into a bed- and bathroom on the one side. On the other side of the glass wall lies the living and kitchen area. A combination of curtain and glass wall mediates between both spaces in different ways.

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Studio House

Noppiusstrasse, Aachen

Gallery Gerhardsen Gerner
Gallery Gerhardsen Gerner
Gallery Gerhardsen Gerner
Gallery Gerhardsen Gerner
  • Location: Tjuvholmen, Oslo, Norway
  • Project: 2011
  • Completion: 2012
  • Client: Gerhardsen Gerner Gallery
  • Programme: Exhibition space
  • Tasks: All stages
  • Size: 118 m2

A new modern art gallery in Oslo for Berlin based Gerhardsen Gerner. We proposed to use the dimensions of the original Berlin gallery as a reference for the new gallery. Not only for sentimental reasons, but because of the good proportions of the existing Berlin gallery. Obviously the context in Oslo is different, and the perfect white box does not fit naturally within the oblique shaped site. This discrepancy forms the basis for this proposal: A large wall sits parallel to the round glass facade, creating a corridor that serves as a entrance and exhibition space visible from the street. Two openings lead into the main exhibition space and the ‘perfect white box’. Hidden around each end of the large wall you’ll find the reception, archives and private rooms.

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Gallery Gerhardsen Gerner

Tjuvholmen, Oslo

11 Terraced Houses
11 Terraced Houses
11 Terraced Houses
11 Terraced Houses
11 Terraced Houses
11 Terraced Houses
11 Terraced Houses
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11 Terraced Houses

Stovestraat, Amersfoort

Exhibition Design 'No More Westerns'
Exhibition Design 'No More Westerns'
Exhibition Design 'No More Westerns'
Exhibition Design 'No More Westerns'
Exhibition Design 'No More Westerns'
Exhibition Design 'No More Westerns'
  • Project 039: Exhibition Design 'No More Westerns'
  • Location: Impakt Festival, Utrecht
  • Program: Exhibition
  • Size: 320 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Stage: Built
  • Collaborator: Jørgen Tandberg
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Exhibition Design 'No More Westerns'

Impakt Festival, Utrecht

2 Backyard Houses
2 Backyard Houses
2 Backyard Houses
2 Backyard Houses
2 Backyard Houses
2 Backyard Houses
2 Backyard Houses
2 Backyard Houses
2 Backyard Houses
2 Backyard Houses
  • Location: Aachen, Germany
  • Project: 2010–11
  • Client: Private
  • Programme: Housing, New build
  • Tasks: Stages 0–3
  • Size: 375 m2

The two buildings are sited in the backyard of yet another backyard, right in the middle of Aachen’s’ mediaeval city fabric. The proposal adds even more layers to this setting: another small backyard for more privacy, a set of external steel staircases as alternative fire escape –that also function as balconies– and a continuous surface of external shutters for shading and more privacy. On the inside this layering continues: The internal double doors repeat the proportions of the windows into the depth of the building, giving transparency and a sense of continuation that uncovers the various structural and material layers of the building.

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2 Backyard Houses

Noppiusstrasse, Aachen

Exhibition Design 'Death and Life of Fiction'

The Video

The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II

’Dedicated to the surreal moments of every day life. One image, one drawing – literally: one moment, one idea.’ The Invisible Visible II is a Media Studies course for First and Second Year undergraduate students at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London taught by Max Kahlen.

The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
The Invisible Visible II
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The Invisible Visible II

Architectural Association, 2012

Pawel's House
Pawel's House
Pawel's House

L- ocation: Brodnica, Poland
- Stage : Concept Design
- Client: Pawel
- Programme: Residential
- Budget : N/A
- Size: 295 m2

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Pawel's House

Brodnica, Poland

Conversion National Archive
Conversion National Archive
Conversion National Archive
Conversion National Archive
Conversion National Archive
Conversion National Archive
Conversion National Archive
  • Project 031: Conversion National Archive
  • Location: Versailles
  • Program: Office, Residential
  • Size: 9,938 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Stage: Competition – First Prize
  • Collaborators: Elseline Bazin

The former National Archive in Versailles is converted by ‘cutting out’ parts the heavy concrete floors, creating double height spaces. Open loggias along the facades provide privacy, contrasting with the narrow streets in-between the three existing buildings.

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Conversion National Archive

Versailles

Exhibition Pavillion
Exhibition Pavillion
Exhibition Pavillion
Exhibition Pavillion
Exhibition Pavillion
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Exhibition Pavillion

Gulating, Norway