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Isabella Pollak, MSc.
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I'm a 28 year-old architect holding a master's degree from Tampere University of Technology, Finland.
I completed my Bachelor studies at Vienna University of Technology, followed by studies at Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki.
I'm currently working freelance in the field of branding, webdesign and graphic design.
I'm a designer, artisan, creative mind and overall thinker.
Other cool features: pianist, photographer, nature lover and dog fanatic.
I'm located in Helsinki, looking for new challenges in architecture and design.
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2014 Master's thesis for Suomenlinnan hoitokunta: KASVUN PAIKKA- Sustainable Housing Design for a Growing Community in Suomenlinna
My Master’s thesis combines a wide range of sustainability into one architectural design solution. It begins with the historical background of the UNESCO world heritage site of Suomenlinna, a fortification off-shore of Helsinki, and continues with an analysis of the site, its buildings, climate and environment. A survey of 86 residents of Suomenlinna gives answers to the needs of the inhabitants and the results of the survey were combined with the factors of sustainability and translated into architectural design.
The outcome of the analysis and the survey resulted in two building designs: a floating home and a community building.
The Floating Home is an adaptable housing structure, which grows and shrinks with its inhabitants. The floor plans are divided into four units of 6.5x7m. Only the bathrooms and the kitchen have a fixed spot in the layout, due to piping. The rest of the layout is open to the inhabitants. In every unit there are two stocks of foldable walls. They can either be left closed for an open layout or opened for room divisions to make the units adaptable. The flexibility of the homes has an economic aspect, as well as a social one. People do not have to fit into homes, but homes have to fit the people!
Connected to the south facade of the floating home is a green house. It not only allows the inhabitants to plant vegetables and fruits for the community, but also functions as a social room. The green house is accessible from all units of the floating home and a staircase allows people to meet within. The floor of the first storey is a perforated metal screen, which does not only allow light to intrude the lower floor, but is also a visual connection of the units.
The Community Center is the heart of the project. It does not only extend the private living space of the floating homes, but gives the community a place to meet and socialize.