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CV / N i ko l a j C a l l i s e n Fr i i s

2002-2009 Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, Copenhagen
2007-2008 Ecole Polyteqnique Fédérale de Lausanne
2002 Byggeteknisk Højskole. Basic construction course
2001 Various Art Schools
2000 French studies - Faculté des Lettres, Sophia Antipolis, Nice
1998 Baccalaureate from Østre Borgerdyd Gymnasie

Practical experience
2008 KHR Architects. Sketchup course as a teacher.
2007 Christoffer Harlang. Establishment of urban space in Fredericia harbour.
2007 Teaching at Institute 4 : Design and Communication. IT-tutoring.(full time)
2006 BIT studios. Development of sustainable house
2006 Intership at Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen
2004 DSB tegnestue (model builder)
2002-2005 Musician in the band Lake Placid (with record release and international touring)

2008 Marie Månssons Legat
2007 Oticcon Fonden
2007 Margot og Thorval Dreyer
2007 Marie Månssons Legat

2009 Architects’ Association candidate price - best sustainable project (DKK 15.000)
2008 The Yellow Brick, Boligfonden Kuben - for poineering in sustainability (DKK 30.000)
English: Perfect in writing and speaking
French: Fluent in speaking
Swedish & Norwegian: Read & speak well
German: Basic Knowledge

IT Knowledge
CAD: AutoCad, Rhinoceros, SketchUp, Maxwell Render, ArchiCAD
DTP: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign
General: Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Keynote
Knowledge of: Viz, FormZ, Revit, Freehand, Vectorworks

Anne Beim, Professor Phd.
+45 3268 6355

Nikolaj Callisen Friis

Architect MAA
Born in Copenhagen 19/08/79
Has lived in Paris, Brussels, Nice and Lausanne

Julius Bloms Gade 37
DK 2200 Copenhagen N

t: +45 2714 9363
Portfo l i o 2 0 0 9 / P ro j e c t s
S t u d e n t P rojects 01 Culinary Culture Centre / Albertslund
02 Living Music / Dulwich
03 DD+P pavilion / Lausanne
04 Controlling the Elements / Movable Sustainable Pavilion

Wo r k 05 Can Rose / Mallorca

06 Portamento / Fredericia

Wo r k s h o p s 07 Colourful Deconstruction / Elefsina

Culinary Culture Centre / Albertslund

My diploma project was a culinary culture centre consisting of an open

kitchen, a greenhouse, a dining area, a gastronomical auditorium,
a classroom, a shop and an administration - situated in Albertslund
Centre close to the train station, shopping facilities and the city’s
cultural facilites.

The building has a three-part program consisting of a restaurant,

a shop with special products and a food and nutrition center. By
combining these functions in the same building, they will mutually
benefit from each other, and there will be a synergy that will enhance
the building’s symbolic value.

The building envelope is a double skin façade, but the space between
the outer and the inner glazing is expanded. The envelope is then used
for growing the vegetables and herbs used for the cooking, and it also
creates a carpet of green around the cooking and dining experience.

The building will be active throughout the day. In daytime you would
go on a culinary exploration in the shop, while school children have
cooking workshops or there will be proficiency enhancing courses for
catering staff. In the evening it can be leased out to private companies,
who will profit from meeting around the cooking experience.

The project was awarded with the prize of the Architects’ Association for
the best sustainable diploma project.
Culinary Culture Centre / Albertslund

Lake promenade. During summer

the plants are taken outside.





Culinary Culture Centre / Albertslund

Culinary Culture Centre / Albertslund

The plateau

The kitchen

The garden

Living Music / Dulwich

As an Erasmus exchange student I spent one year in Lausanne,

Switzerland at the atelier LAPA led by professor Harry Gugger.
“Lapa is a place where architecture is PRODUCED, a place devoted
to the study and research of the process of developing architecture.
Using the term ‘production’ underscores our view of architecture as
an intellectual, crafted, machine-made, and artistic product. Lapa
investigates and teaches design of the built environment across the
entire range of scales, from planning to detail design.”
The theme of the year was the borrough of Southwark located in South
London. the first semester focused on mapping the borrough and the
second aimed at making a project.
Through different phazes the borrough was investigated at different
scales and levels which, at the end, led to an ‘Urban Constitution’. The
Urban Constitution was a mapped guideline for how and where to build
in Southwark. Southwark

The focal point of our group was the southern most part of Southwark,
Dulwich. Here, french student Germain Brisson and I, chose to do a
project consisting of housing for musicians and a concert hall.
The project spans from the urban scale (deriving from the profound
knowledge of London achieved the first semester) to the local scale of
Dulwich. We worked 1:200 with the concert hall and ended up doing 1:1
mock-ups of the facade.
Living Music / Dulwich

Urban situation
Living Music / Dulwich

Concert hall section

Housing section
Window components
1 Trimmer
2 Steel angle for fixing
window frame
3 External fabric roller textile blind,
also serves as support for the cladding
4 Guide track aluminium
5 Wood/metal window
6 Wooden lining

Window detail
Living Music / Dulwich

Musician housing Handicap friendly studio

Living Music / Dulwich
Digital Design + Production pavilion / Lausanne

In 8 days 8 students designed a pavilion made of the composite material

Alucobond. The task was to challenge the common uses of the material
by folding it and thus giving it new structural abilities.
Can Rose / Mallorca

For architect Christoffer Harlang I assisted in designing a house located

on the beautiful southern coast of Mallorca. The house neighbours
Jørgen Utzons Can Liz and is clearly inspired by its architecture.

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Can Rose / Mallorca

East Facade

West Facade


0 5 10 m
South Facade

0 5 10 m
Portamento / Fredericia

For the Portamento development project I was in charge of producing

the visualiztions. The project was a design of a harbour development in
Fredericia where the old historical fortification meets the harbour in a
so called balcony. The balcony has an outdoor theatre, small gardens, a
sports pitch and a large surface for markets and other outdoor events.
The project was publisized in a book that aimed to sell the project.
The balcony

Moving towards the theatre

The new portal of the city

Controling the Elements / Sustainable Movable Pavilion

For the EASA (European Architecture Students Assembly) summer

camp in Ireland 2008 I did a competition entry toegether with fellow
student Linus Godet. The brief was to design a portable classroom
that would help school children in sheding light on the importance of
sustainability. Our approach was to use basic principles of heating and
cooling and not implement high tech. The design was awarded the third
prize in the competition (about 50 entries).
Controling the Elements / Sustainable Movable Pavilion


1 top profile in polycarbonate fixed on
interlocking steel profile
2 sinus curved polycarbonate mounted on
steel frame
3 steel hinge
4 90x 150 mm wooden beam
5 roof construction:
bituminous membrane
12 mm plywood
45x 45 mm wood battens
roof element of 12 mm plywood
150 mm thermal insulation between
20x 150 mm timber rafters
12 mm plywood
12 mm plywood
6 105x 120 mm wooden beam
7 double glazing in aluminium frame
9 wall construction: 8
12 mm black (water based paint) waterproof-bonded plywood
wall element of 12 mm waterproof-bonded plywood
150 mm thermal insulation between
150x 20 mm timber rails
vapour barrier
6 mm plywood
15 mm BASF Micronal PCM gypsum boards
9 100x 230 mm wood beam
10 floor construction:
15 mm pine tongue and grooving boarding
floor element of 6 mm plywood
vapour barrier
150 mm thermal insulation between
20x 150 mm rafters
20 mm plywood
11 100x230 mm wood beam
12 steel hinge with interlocking profile
13 15 mm pine groove and tounge boarding mounted on
20x 100 mm rafters
14 interlocking supports

10 12 13

9 11 14

Detailed section
Colourful Deconstruction / Elefsina

Together with Daniel Wahl (DE) and Goncalo Manteigas (CH) I organized
a workshop in Greece during EASA 2008. We were given an abandonded
building situated next to the sea in the industrial coastal city of Elefsina.
The aim of the workshop was to deconstruct the building with the use
of colours. We planned it for 6 months and were sponsored 500 litres of
paint, 150 cans of spray paint and painting tools.
The participants were divided in different design teams that developed
their designs through models, and drawings.
After preparing the building by cleaning the surface and priming it, the
design was presented to Architect Christoffer Kellenberger from the
Swiss firm OOS. After his critique the building was painted. The designs
used optical illusions and different narrative approaches in their designs.
The farmost biggest succes of the workshop was to have organized 30
people into effecient autonomous groups working with a clear aim whilst
still enjoying themselves.

Workshop material The building


Group discussions

Scaffolding assembly Design discussions

Colourful Deconstruction / Elefsina

Concept presentation

Christopher Kellenberger, OOS Critique Painting

End facade

Night time

The finished building

The deconstructed building The team