Design Research Proposal
The main concept and aim of the project is to gradually distribute different types of campus spaces, ranging from one maximum to another concerning values of room occupancy and to correlate them. Through this gradient we aim for a more equally dispersed density of semiotic articulation (series of choices), introducing a certain amount of meanings in one space and continuously specifying it in categories of individual, groups and community. This is revealed through a continuous wall pattern. The morphology follows the room program and the room typology, increasing deformation according to variables as hierarchy, activation and importance.
Point of interest is also the sharing – in organizational and morphological aspect, creating a set of sharing - typologies. The circulation pattern derives from the urban grid and entering the building continues its predefined behavior developing in horizontal and vertical directions. The main orientation axes also aims to conduct in the shortest way from one extreme to another in a gradient environment, behaving similarly to a gradient descent function.
In its heart the university has its most active areas and common spaces, stimulating the inner social life of the building, opening itself to the public on ground level with a reading hall and leisure areas and at the top with an extended concert hall.
Essence 12, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
"Fluid Totality : 15 years of Studio Zaha Hadid Vienna", 2015 Birkhäuser Verlag Basel
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