01.08.2022 - 31.10.2022
Project PartnerUniversité du Luxembourg
'La petite maison' (the small house) is presented as a place of creation, research, production and meeting located on the campus for the duration of the cultural year 2022, in collaboration with other places, around the theme of circularity. The house is intended to be small (+-100m2), designed by architects and engineers from uni.lu, in cooperation with a series of local and international partners. The house will be ephemeral in nature and will be dismantled before the end of 2022, as it will be deconstructed and the parts moved for reuse or reassembled in whole or in part. The process project will be documented and the result disseminated. It is intended to work as far as possible with salvaged, second-hand, recycled or renewable materials and raw materials with a high potential for reuse. Beyond the story of the materials, the project will also serve to tell the ideas of partner projects, in order to reinforce the theme of a resilient architectural culture and circularity in a broad sense. During the summer, the house will be open to visitors. A programme around the issue of circularity will take place on site with meetings between the different actors, including some guest speakers. Other events, such as a second-hand materials fair, could take place there.
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01.08.2022 - 31.10.2022
Pavillon actif (accueil, mini-bar, mini-scène, conférences et/ou autres événements publics, préparation de la déconstruction-reconstruction…)
Architect and guest-professor Carole Schmit together with research & development specialist Dragos Ghioca, contribute on behalf of the University of Luxembourg to the event ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2022 with Petite Maison on the Belval campus. The house is designed and produced in cooperation with a series of local and international partners and experts by curating a collaborative design on circularity The steel structure of the house is based on developments lead by Prof. Christoph Odenbreit of the ArcelorMittal Chair of Steel Construction at the University of Luxembourg. Petite Maison, a performance act in three phases, is under construction from May 2d until 29th of July 2022. The house will be open to the public from 1st of August 2022 until 31st of October 2022 for visits, social gatherings and events. From November until end of December Petite Maison will be deconstructed and the materials relocated. Free guided visits can be booked on the website as well as the programme and news.Read more Read less
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Carole Schmit has been an architect at the Administration des bâtiments publics since the end of 2015, managing large-scale projects. In addition to this job, she has been a guest lecturer at the University of Luxembourg for almost 4 years in the framework of the Master in Architecture. Before joining the public service, she was founder and managing partner of Polaris Architects for 15 years. She has proven experience in the design and monitoring of quality works. Her role as coordinator of multi-disciplinary teams and working groups is recognised in the field. As a result, her personal work, as well as that of the Polaris office, has been nominated, exhibited and published on several occasions in both local and international media. Besides her main function as a design architect, Carole Schmit has always been involved in the academic world, notably through her teaching work in various universities, and in particular through her work on the creation of a Master in Architecture at the University of Luxembourg. In addition, she is regularly invited to participate in exhibition projects, writing articles or interventions in collaboration with other bodies, particularly within art centres such as Mudam.
Dragos Ghioca is part of the research and design team, under the direction of Carole Schmit, at the University of Luxembourg for the project PETITE MAISON. Together with various specialists and partners, he is developing the project of a building that thematises circularity and resilient architecture in the framework of the European Capital of Culture Esch2022. In 2019, he graduated from the Master in Architecture, European Urbanisation and Globalisation at the University of Luxembourg and was awarded the Ordre des Architectes prize for his master thesis: 'Halle des Soufflantes - Industrial Heritage as a Spatial Resource'. Before coming to Luxembourg, he studied at the University of Architecture and Urbanism 'Ion Mincu' in Bucharest, Romania and at the University of Liège, Belgium (B.Arch). During his studies in Luxembourg, he worked, among other places, at the Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM) and was involved as a student assistant in various academic projects.