Design Studio IIB – Koha
Vogelzang_Dus Architects

Vogelzang_Dus Architects


Koha: hospitality and stories of people and places

Tutors: Sven Mehzoud and Tony De Goldi

Hand in

Friday 4pm Week 12 as part of the End of Semester exhibition together with Year 3 students. A formative feedback review with invited critics will be held Monday Week 11.


Group Assessment with peer-review feedback process at end of semester (group project of 4-5 students and deliverables reflecting the opportunities group work provides). Learning outcomes and assessment criteria here.


This project examines the themes of koha, it addresses ideas of gift, of reciprocity and exchange. For the remainder of the semester you will be dealing with a historical building structure and its adjacent public space in the centre of Te Aro, on Ghuznee Street. The project introduces you to the ideas and processes of adaptive reuse, the repurposing and redesigning of existing structures for a semi-public place of hospitality and exchange of stories. At the same time we will be looking at how its siting in the city centre, and its adjacency to a public park, offers ways of public engagement.  Lastly, you will be introduced to architectural lighting design and will develop a lighting concept as part of this studio project.


Koha is a gift freely given. How can you acknowledge your clients or your collaborators or communities you have worked with through your creative work? How can you cement and nurture ongoing relationships through giving something back or giving something away (whether that be a physical object, or your time or expertise)? How might you celebrate the outcomes for all parties involved? What is the relationship between gifter and gifted, and the possible indedebtness associated with this exchange? How can koha relate to hospitality, and social interaction and gatherings, to generate social action?

 Undertake the Lupton reading on Lucy and Jorge Orta (on stream) – image of their work below:


Orta Social Gathering Project 70×7

Week 7


What – Exploring koha and hospitality & site documentation and analysis

  • Workshopping ideas of hospitality, the performative rituals of social gatherings, and storytelling
  • Study of plans of existing building, and of adjacent Glover Park, to familiarise yourself with the site characteristics
  • Produce in groups the following for Monday Week 8 at 9am
    • Digital model of Albemarle Hotel for design process use and generation of drawings
    • Digital model of Albemarle Hotel to generate illustrator files for laser cut model
    • Laser cut physical model in plywood or mdf
    • Ground Floor Plan 1:50 of Albemarle Hotel
    • Longitudinal Section 1:50 of Albemarle Hotel
    • Cross Section 1:50 of Albemarle Hotel
    • A site plan 1:500 of immediate context – includes adjacent streets of block
    • Historical Site analysis including history of building, clientele, architectural style, neighbourhood, and plans for redevelopment

Why?  laying the foundation for a good design process and idea generation

  • The 1:1 workshop on hospitality and the group work in week 1 will establish the basics for a good design process including a good understanding of the existing building, its materiality, form, historical makeup and most importantly, scale!

How? – Intense 1 week group work 

  • Working in groups of 4-5 as per list, you will develop a good and useful set of model and drawings for your individual design process.


Continuation of group work –  meet at 9am

Show progress of the following due Monday Week 8 at 9am.

Laser Cut Scale Model

1:50 plan (print at 100% as a tiled poster, should fit onto 2x A3’s) MayfairMineralSpa_plan_1

Example models:

Level of Detail (Resolution) should be appropriate for the intent, in this case as a 1:50 working backdrop for your design explorations and interior interventions.
Too little – Just Right – Too much

Jono Go - 400 level - 2014 image117 Priscilla Naus - 400 level - 2015

The conventions to which architectural drawings conform make it possible to see certain things more clearly by suppressing others. However, paradoxically, the very qualities that define the identity of the interior seem to fall into this suppressed category by the nature of being unquantifiable, immaterial fluid. This has consequences not just for issues of representation but also intent, because the method in which we choose to draw influences the way we think, and therefore what we design (Ro Spankie, 2007).


Week 8


 Presentation of Documentation

We will start at 9am wit the presentation of your documentation – physical model, digital model, drawings (printed out) and history (digitally, using your blog o otherr presentation app). Feedback will be given to improve the documentation which you will use for your design development.

Mappings  1 – Data Sets (today!)

In groups you will produce mappings of the site and context, the fabric of the place,… history, buildings, the community, nature, climate,.. anything that contributes to the experience and character of the place – what are we dealing with here?

The first task is to produce 5 data sets – each group member is to focus on one of these, gather the data and begin to graphically represent as a map starting with your site plan and other documentation material that you have produced for today  (examples of past student mappings below), The 5 required data sets are:

  • Architecture of building (including interior) and surrounding places, buildings of relevance
  • Inhabitation – people – what do they do? Who are they?
  • Entertainment / culture – what is provided, where and how? – w
  • Work related places – what do people do here professionally?
  • what else? -traces of things…. can you uncover stories what is happening, what has happened?

Gather, produce and use: text; 2D photographic imagery; time-based recordings (video); historical and contemporary imagery from existing material.  Do you need a key for comprehension? What existing maps are there that you can utilise? How do you make it looking good and interesting?

Mappings  2 – Deep Map (start today!) – Clinic with Oli this afternoon. Make sure you can attend!

Produce a Deep Map – a connective map that overlays key information gathered on the data sets. What connects them all – how do you create ways of telling stories from the visuals, texts, forms, colour, as an event based representation (time-based). How can you communicate the sense of being there, in the now, in the past,.. a future experience of the place.

Tell us a story or two… or five, through an event-like representation – This Deep map is a time-based animated map. Attend the clinic with Oli this afternoon (time tbc) to receive a tutorial on the technical approach for this type of map.



Bring the Deep Map and Data sets to class for presentation.

For the following Monday refine your Deep Map (2)

Show how you can visually and conceptually connect data – information about your site and context, to tell one interesting story / Narrative (see below) – we are interested in the historical (or more recent) traces of inhabitation, cultural expression, what people do. Consolidate your story and research relevant contemporary connections. How can you make a past story a present one?

Conceptual Development 1 – spatial responses to site

Based on the reading  (re-readings by Brooker and Stone) and precedents provided – develop a brief presentation that discusses two projects that you have found (sufficiently different in their strategies/tactics) and consider how the strategies may be useful / applied to your project.




Animating the Deep Map

Here are some example videos:

“stratified matter: moving things again”, 2013 from Julieanna Preston on Vimeo.

LOOP – BIG’s LOOP CITY from BIG on Vimeo.


Tutorial: Adobe Premiere Introduction (Importing, Slicing, Effects)

and some from Oli:



DUS Eating and Drinking Installation


Week 9


 Presentation of Deep Map (2) and Story (Narrative)

We will start at 9am wit the presentation of your Deep Map and Story – the Deep Map draws together the various bits of information about the site and context – to form a clear story. This requires you to be selective and choose something that you have found to be interesting. What is its relevance for today, for our contemporary society?

Feedback will be given on the choice, depth and further opportunities of the storyline – topic, research, relevance and translation into a spatial experience and design that is driven by notions of koha and participation.

Conceptual Development 2 – participatory experiences and koha

Analyse  the given precedents (for each group)  (participatory and interpretive design/ experiences) and prepare a brief presentation to the class this morning summarising the strategies for how the artists/designers make people participate/share and socially exchange with others:

  1. Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, incl. In-Flight ; 2. Candy Chang, incl ‘Before I Die; 3. Rivane Neuenschwander, incl I wish your wish ; 4. Marjie Vogelzang, incl Sharing Dinner ; 5. raumlaborberlin, incl Generator: Sedia Veneziana

In addition research the given architectural precedent and analyse according to the previously given text by Brooker and Stone on re-readings. What is the site, history, and how have the designers responded to it and through which strategy and tactics? Use the terminology and concepts from the reading.

1. Danish Maritime Museum – BIG; 2. Kolumba – Peter Zumthor; 3. Shrine of Remembrance – ARM additions; 4. Pina Bausch Performance using SAANA Design School building (Video); 5. Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes – Roof of Abbey of St.  Maurice.

For Thursday then, develop a concept design, using the precedents and others, to be presented to class. Use digital and physical modelling, drawings and research to present your scheme in 5 minutes – pin up your work on the pin board (can be A3s) with the model underneath on the plinth – you can also use a digital presentation component!  This needs to be complemented with visual research and quick perspective generations (remember that you are 5 people in the group so decide at what point you individually work on the deliverables)!

The physical model needs to be completed by Thursday – add the base to the model and insert the sketch model of the concept design – that is 1:50 using a quick modelling material such as box card or foamcore/foam board/paper-faced foam board, or other. It needs to contrast the plywood/mdf material that you have used to indicate the existing ‘fabric’ of the building.


Presentation of concept design – 5 mins (to class)

Introduction of Lighting Analysis – prepare a case study of given space by Thursday Week 10 and a lighting concept for your project


Week 10


Developed Design Review

  • Develop your design based on the feedback given last Thursday – present a resolved concept and a design that is determined by a clear process
  • Present a revised digital and physical model, drawings, printouts of perspectives and precedents.
  • Read the lighting design layers approach (Karlen reading) and analyse an existing space such as a retail space, hospitality or exhibition environment. Bring the following to class:
    • a plan and section of situation
    • lux readings (how bright is is – and where?)
    • identify the layers (ambient, task, decorative, etc)
    • how are you going to approach your design – what precedents can you find?


  • Finalise your design based on Monday’s feedback and show your lighting analysis and how you are going to deal with lighting in your design project – apply the layers approach and a lighting concept. – look at the deliverables for Final presentation –

For Monday Week 11 – Final Review

  • Present final design in front of reviewers – to get your feedback for developing your final presentation posters, model and digital work.

Week 11/12

While the final review is Monday week 11with all the feedback (incl critics) – you will have another 10 dayts to prepare your final presentation for the Exhibition which is scheduled for Friday Week 12 – and includes 2 posters (A0) and a digital 1min video as well as digital model and final physical model). Time and location of exhibition tbc (but likely to be around 5pm) – but be ready to hand in and get exhibition sorted from Friday 2pm onwards. Organise an opening style evening – get funding from MUWSA, and be ready to provide a floor talk/explanation of your design in front of your display!

Week 11


Final Design Review with invited guest critic

Review and discussion of final design. Today you received feedback on your final design and the  poster, video and models in progress. All projects are at a great stage to now fine tune and finalise – you know what matters, what needs to be resolved to have intention/concept well linked and translated into the outcome as design.

It is important to clearly outline the narrative of the project. The presentations today left the reviewer often in the dark  (the reviewer does not have much knowledge of the project as such). So make sure to include your research, the key mappings, and why and how you arrived at the concept/story/program.


Make sure to attend to all the deliverables including: title; project outline; diagram of key formal or conceptual ideas; mappings (relevant ones); precedent research; process development that shows how the concept is explored and informs the decision making; all plans (3) in 1:50, rendered; two sections 1:50 – one longitudinal and one cross-section; a series of rendered and photoshopped perspectives, including hero image – make sure they show specifics of user groups,… scenario so that the design moves from an abstract, general design to a specific inhabitation that clarifies the experiences you want to convey; lighting design including specification of lamps, luminaries and their effect (rendered in plans, sections, perspectives that you already have); lighting design description – 100w); video of mappings and final design- max 1min); model 1:50, perhaps a 1:10 model of component… such as a furniture element if key to the design.


Tutorials on progress – development of final components such as poster – develop for Monday for final feedback. Work on video – do you need another session with Oli? Let us know and we will organise. Download exhibition plan here.


Koha Week 7 – Swiss Breakfast

Week 12


Final Tutorial on Design and poster

Group tutorials on final designs and poster. Develop final hand in componnts for Friday


Group tutorials for final feedback on issues you may have – get ready for exhiibition set up.

Friday – Exhibition Spatial Y2-Y4

Exhibition set up at 2pm for finish at 4pm – and opening at 5pm in Tea Garden – two plywood sheets against walls as per drawings – 1 plinth for LCD screen (video); 1 plinth for model. Be ready for floor talks on your project from 5:15-6pm. This is followed by Year 3 floor talks from 6-6:30pm. There may also be set up requirements and support for other components of exhibition – talk to reps. More info on all of this will be conveyed as they emerge!








Last modified: December 4, 2017