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Pyramid – study of light, shapes and contrasts

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Concept: Simion Popa
Date: November 2013
Location: Esbjerg, Denmark
Software: ArchiCAD 16, Adobe Photoshop, Artlantis 4

Pyramid is a conceptual lighting design that demonstrates the source of inside energy, light and shine through reflective waves.
The meaning behind this concept is to create a dynamic mosaic that interacts with the user, the modules can be manipulated to achieve a game of light, shapes and contrasts.
The design strategy for this study proposes a bottom-up approach, the starting point of the design being a single component – pyramid, proliferated over a surface, that through local deformations determines a global geometry. The component becomes the geometric representation of all intrinsic rules that lead to the generation of form. In philosophical terms, a component can be seen as a generic formula that can adapt and can take different form depending on the parameters which would be imposed.



Skuru Bridge | BIG

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Architect/Office: BIG
Location: Nacka, Stockholm, Sweden
Client: The Swedish Transport Administration
Year: 2012 (invited competition)

Skuru Parkbridge represents a new form of social infrastructure – which is not only aesthetic and environmentally well-integrated with the existing bridge and the natural landscape – but is also socially activating by creating a place and park for the people who live and work on both sides of the strait.




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3XN – The Blue Planet in Copenhagen, DK

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Project facts and credits:
Address: Kajakvej, 2770 Kastrup, DK
Client: The Building Foundation ”Den Blå Planet” (Realdania, Knud Højgaards Fond, Tårnby Municipality)
Competition: 1st prize in invited competition 2008
Project development: 2010 – 2013
Size: 9.000 m2
Architect: 3XN
Engineer: Moe & Brødsgaard A/S

Inspired by the shape of water in endless motion, The Blue Planet is shaped as a great whirlpool. The new Denmark’s Aquarium is situated in the borderland between the worlds of Poseidon and Zeus. The walls and roofs form a single, continuous flow and are clad in a way which emphasizes the wavy outline of the building, thereby telling a story of this union. The first and longest of the whirlpool’s arms follows the shape of the landscape and the building, moving into the land.

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Hello everybody!

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I want to say thank you to all who visit my web page.
Now I have a new web page / blog only with my personal projects.
So…you’re welcome to visit my new architecture portfolio here.

Showroom Auto

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Showroom Auto – Architecture concept by Simion Popa

Functionally the building is a combined office building, car salesroom and workshop. Formally we worked with two ideas, in which the first one was to work with dynamic curves, with each office floor offset in and out independently with its own curvature – inspired by the speed and dynamic which characterizes moving traffic.

Secondly, I introduced further themes in the endless façade by developing the story of what happened when a mighty force “bent” the building into place: Cracks would occur, and therefore we built stylized “cracks” to visualize the bending. The building is terraced to accommodate the falling terrain and hight of the neighbouring builidings.