Palms on Balconies – A visual study of contemporary houses…


…from Romania built for representation

Since the revolution in 1989, Romania has seen a big wave of houses built for representative purposes, so-called palaces. These buildings challenge in many ways societal and administrative norms, and are built by a diverse range of people. Mostly commonly associated with these buildings are people of Roma origin, nevertheless a more widespread audience partakes in this building culture.

Seen from a social perspective, the work aims to broaden the previously limited research with a more differentiated approach. Through exchange with a substantial range of protagonists, and by working with visual ethnography, the project therefore seeks to produce typological images that inquire how social status is established through architecture.

Mentoring: Sarah Owens, Alex Hanimann, Jonas Voegeli
MA-thesis project in Visual Communication, Design, Zurich University of the Arts
Photography and writing in collaboration with Gabriel Amza
Typeface “Sono” by Simon Mager

Stiftung Buchkunst, Förderpreis für junge Buchgestaltung 2018, Shortlist


Æther No°01 Publication & Website


Hybrid platform for the simplified publication of essays written at the D-GESS Department of ETH Zurich. The project resulted in a website that publishes the monothematic issues in the form of articles on a website, downloadable pdfs and as a generatively layouted publication. Particular attention was paid to the tooling character, the design is based on a predefined system, the realization is managed by the backend. Further information:

In collaboration with: Loraine Olalia, Nadine Wüthrich
Mentoring ZHdK: Sarah Owens, Jonas Vögeli, Patrik Ferrarelli
D-GESS ETH: Nils Güttler, Max Stalder, Niki Rhyner
Coding: Daniel Stutz
Publisher: intercomverlag


Romanian Palace Research: Fences


Reflexion on an ongoing project about palaces built by Roma in Romania.
MA Visual Communication, ZHdK.

Romanian Palace Research: Typologic primer


Investigation on the typology of representative mansions built in Romania. 50 houses in two towns were therefore taken into consideration with Google Street View. Next to Certeze, in north-romania, where mostly romanian construction workers come from and built their concrete dreams, the second one was Buzescu, a town mostly with a high population of Roma and well-known for their estate. By doing so, the project strives to question the exoticized perception of the often Roma-only ascribed phenomenon. Ongoing project, MA Visual Communication, ZHdK.

Planstadt Eisenhüttenstadt – “Ich habe mich nie eingeengt gefühlt”


Eisenhuettenstadt is GDR’s first planned city, located in East-Germany near Frankfurt Oder.
In the early 1950’s, this new city was built near an iron-hut to supply housing for up to 55.000 people.

While other planned cities were mostly build with readymade “Plattenbau”-segments, Eisenhüttenstadt’s city structure is more crafted and differentiated. It appears almost like a condensation in fixed-matter of the GDR’s vision for the life in idealism of the new socialistic man, as the GDR used to nurture it in the 50’s. The citizens often used to identify themselves with this, until the fall of the berlin wall in 1989. After crucial political and economical changes, Eisenhüttenstadt is nowadays confronted with completely other circumstances, way of lifes and ideologies.

The publication and exhibition “Planstadt Eisenhüttenstadt” is meant as an possibility for an recognising and understandable approach to this field of tension. As authors we wanted to document the present status quo of Eisenhüttenstadt, cross the axes of the planned city, walk on it’s borders, and collect experiences of the citizens for an deeper, self reflected discourse on the relation of man and architecture on this particular place.

In collaboration with Tobias Keinath
Co-author Ben Kaden
Fotographic Assistance by Marija Heinecke
Mentoring by Markus Artur Fuchs &
Prof. Matthias Siegert

SUPER GROTESK HÜTTE – type family alteration in 3 weights, courtesy of FontFont Intl.