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Experimental Explorations on Space and Structure - FS2016

Bertran Suris Miret, Steve Dijkhuizen, Lucas Falbriard, Maged Elsadek
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Bertran Suris Miret, Steve Dijkhuizen, Lucas Falbriard, Maged Elsadek

Design Exploration
For the FS2016, the emphasis has been put on the topic of folding and its implications on space and structure. A design method to integrate structural folding in architecture has been introduced the students. The design exploration has been carried out by the students following three main steps.
In Step 1 (Spatial Articulation), the students have been assigned a specific programme related to the Zurich Botanical Garden. Using the introduced design method they produced three spaces, one for each activity included in the programme. After designing each space independently, according to the requirements of the respective activity, the students developed a concept to combine them into an overall folded-plate spatial configuration following specific connection logics (internal circulation, visual interdependency, activities interaction). Subsequently, the students generated several variations of the initial spatial configuration using both digital and physical models.
In Step 2 (Structural Folding), the students selected one of the folded-plate spatial configurations created in the previous step and tested its kinematic stability and structural behaviour. In order to do so, the students fixed some support points and applied external loading on their digital and physical models. It is in this step that the relationship between space and structure has been made explicit.
In Step 3 (Adaptation to Context), given a specific bounding box within the Botanical Garden in Zurich and a maximum building volume of 2000m3, the students worked with the operations introduced in the previous steps to adapt their initial folded configuration to the specific site. Inputs such as access, circulation, views and orientation have been taken into consideration during this phase of the design exploration and the students have been explicitly asked to establish a dialog between the building and the landscape, the inside and the outside.

Teaching Team
Prof. Dr. Joseph Schwartz, Pierluigi D′Acunto, Juan José Castellón, Alessandro Tellini

Invited Guest
Alberto Campo Baeza (Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza)

Students
Jochen Aarts, Sandrine Joanne Badoux, Thomas Benninger, D V Naga Lalitha Chandrabhanu, Jenyben Rajesh Dave, Julie Marie Davenport, Stéphane Antoine de Weck, Steve Dijkhuizen, Maged El Sadek, Lucas Adrien Falbriard, Aurèle Lieven Gheyselinck, Marcel Hodel, Azadeh Karimi, Lars Kloeg, Romain Nicolas Christophe Kündig, Agnieszka Latak, Randi Madushika Jayasuriya Nanayakkara, Andrea Panzeri, Bhoomi Parmar, Adele Pietrini, Maurijn Henrike Alphons Rouwet, Naksha Satish, Kevin Westerveld, Andreas Dominik Winzeler

Last modified 20.7.2016