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Experimental Explorations on Space and Structure - HS2014

Quentin Andreotti, Anders Stenholm, Arvid Forsberg, Måns Björnskär
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Quentin Andreotti, Anders Stenholm, Arvid Forsberg, Måns Björnskär

Design Exploration
For the HS2014 the emphasis has been put on the design operation of carving and the solid-void duality. The course also offered short tutorials to equip the students with basic skills for the elaboration of physical and digital models. Following the theoretical and practical inputs, the students, organized in groups, have been asked to develop a design exploration at the building scale.The design exploration has been undertaken by the students following four main steps, working at the same time with digital and physical models.
In Step 1 (Spatial Articulation), the students picked four programmes (2 public and 2 private) and produced four spatial voids, which represent the spaces were the activities take place. After dimensioning the spatial voids according to proportion criteria, the students developed a concept to articulate them in space, following specific connection logics (internal circulation, visual interdependency, activities interaction). Then, they generated a solid mass that contains the spatial voids in the form of a bounding box and using Boolean operations, they subtracted the spatial voids (positive) from the solid mass in order to produce a hollowed solid (negative), and as such a stereotomic model (positive+negative).
In Step 2 (Static Stability), the students tested the structural behaviour of their hollowed solid. After defining the position of 3 supports and locating the centre of mass of the system, the students tested the consequences of removing mass from their hollowed solid or modifying the position of the supports on the overall static stability of the system under self-weight.
In Step 3 (Adaptation to Context), given a specific site in the old city centre of Zürich, the students worked with the operations introduced in the previous steps to fully develop their design exploration. They were allowed to remove mass from the hollowed solid in order to incorporate inputs such as access, circulation and views according to the given urban and environmental context. Moreover, they modified their hollowed solid by removing internal mass in order to incorporate servant spaces like services and internal circulation.
In Step 4 (Materiality), the students developed a material concept that addresses both the structural expression and the spatial qualities of their building.

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

Invited Guest
Miquel Rodriguez (xmade)

Students
Jan Vogler, Yannick Bühler, Kristijan Turnovski, Nathalie Ender, Jann Erhard, Jonas Meylan, Jeremy Ratib, Emma Flores Herrera, Tobias Gagliardi, Tania Depallens, Anne-Cécile Carfantan, Leo Kleine, Patrick Ohlbrock, Lukasz Pawlicki, Thierry Jöhl, Nathanael Weiss, Arturo Roth, Meloek Mlihi, Francesca Leibowitz, Aramis Vincenzi, Francesca Zecca, Arnau Pascual Carreras, Andrea Gonzalez Palos, Houston Burnette, Altair Cerda Tirado, Camilla Gormsen, Xiao Wei Lim, Jean-Marc Stadelmann, Mirjam Minder, Leonie Lieberherr, Emma Velterop, Yanuo Shi, Ting Cao, Quentin Andreotti, Anders Stenholm, Måns Björnskär, Arvid Forsberg, Matteo Ricchi, Fabio Agustoni, Emile Corthay, Tristan Wicht, Basile Diem, Filip Grebác, Anouchka Kalznarek

Last modified 20.7.2016