At this year’s edition of EASA (European Architecture Student Assembly), a network of architecture students from all over the continent produced absolutely beautiful specimen of architecture, and it engaged Maltese architects and students alike.
The assembly takes place in a different European country every summer, and 500 design students, graduates and tutors live together in a self-sustaining, community-like setting for two weeks. This year, the assembly took place in the picturesque town of Fredericia, in Denmark.
These are the jaw-dropping projects Maltese students and tutors worked on.
This construction represents a physical manifestation of EASA’s theme of ‘Hospitality: Finding the Framework’.
Penelope was described as “a garden pavilion intended to welcome anyone without prejudice or discrimination, through a pop-up garden surrounded by democratic structure.”
Mark Cauchi was one of the three tutors on this project (together with Carlotta Franco and Mara Usai, both from Italy), which saw students Nick Tonna and Martina Callus working on the structure along with students from 12 other countries.
A concrete pavilion composed of gradient spaces, Current is a celebration of (and protection from) the Danish town’s continuous rainfall.
The highly-contrasting colours come from the impermeable and permeable modules used which also control the passage of water. The workshop was sponsored by multinational building materials company CEMEX, and supported by local fabrication company Dfab studio.
The tutors for this workshop were both Maltese architecture graduates; Lucia Calleja and Kartina Gauci. Students Tracey Sammut and Leanne Cassar Mallia, on the other hand, were the Maltese participants.
“As architects we wanted to frame the city, literally,” this workshop explained. “That’s why our pavilion is playing with walls, creating some filter, some pathway, some particular spaces and uses in order to frame the city and frame people who are going to be part of the pavilion. By making our own brick follows a learning process and idea of using a local material. Using it to create and build an addition to a “lost” place.”
This hands-on construction workshop had Julia Frendo getting her hands dirty for what turned out to be an important lesson in framing (featuring some awesome brick patterns). The project was done with Katja Marinič, Lea Denša, Timothé Hlln and Damien Girard as tutors.
This workshop was definitely faithful to its title. The design and construction project was spearheaded by four tutors (Louis Pohl and Ben Rea and Sam Atkinson (England), and Buscot Remi (France)), while Malta’s Mattea Fenech joined a very international team of students from anywhere from India to Russia.
As with most editions of the assembly, this year’s EASA wasn’t only about structures. Workshops like Functions and Fictions, for example, saw a performance and discussion workshop merging choreography and play-pretend.
Falling Man 2.0 (which was led by Sam Cremona and Jean Ebejer) on the other hand, was a tight-knit discussion group on a previous experiment at the annual SACES Workshop. The narratives discussed were in turn documented through a variety of media, including a short film
Check out some other shots from the two-week assembly, including other beautiful structures which were worked on by the large international group.
All photos by Alexandra Kononchenko