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Harijs Alsiņš

Harijs Alsiņš

Barcelona, ES

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Livin' Large
Livin' Large
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Livin' Large

Dmitri, a successful Russian businessman who has just moved to Marseille and loves fast cars and beautiful women, is obsessed with his newest business project - an F1 racing circuit, the Moscow Raceway, in his home city. Not being able to be at the site every day, he wants to be as close to the track as possible - perhaps even live in it? The racing track, an obsession of his ultra-fast lifestyle, becomes the driving organizational and formal concept of the house.

As the European Capital of Culture 2013, Marseille is planning to redevelop most parts of its historical centre - but instead of providing communities with initiatives to improve their neighbourhoods  the projects tend to solve their problems by gentrification; instead of preserving Marseille’s character of a historical and diverse city, they seem more than likely to create a generic ‘global city’. This project is intended as a critique of these projects, sketching an exaggerated future scenario where the rich overclass live in absolute permissiveness and impunity.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Marseilles, FR
My Role: Project Architect
Additional Credits: The project was developed within the framework of University of Edinburgh Master of Architecture studies, led by Suzanne Ewing, in fall 2009.

 
Transformation of Marseilles
Transformation of Marseilles
Formal development
Formal development
Operational principle of openings
Operational principle of openings
Plan +1.000
Plan +1.000
Plan +5.100
Plan +5.100
Plan +7.400
Plan +7.400
Section AA
Section AA
Section BB
Section BB
Section CC
Section CC

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