University of Applied Arts, Vienna
The focus of this diploma thesis is the architectural question of building densification and how expansion of our buildings can allow for further development, while preserving their identity and manifesting the passage of time.
The core interest lies in the process of inheritance of building properties trough time through the visible memory of its structure, material and form while remaining in the same instance.
The project focuses on the notions of time and transformation in conceptual, structural, organizational and spatial terms and thereby studies and extrapolates patterns and dependencies from an existing building and subjects those to the requirements and possibilities of today. Sources of inspiration are processes of growth and aggregation, driven by the smallest elements up.
After a study of a collection of architectural precedents, the specific site chosen is the Free University of Berlin, which through its design proposal opens a discussion of the special qualities describing the concept of Freedom in social and spatial terms and the role of morphology and tectonics to support a conceptual framework in direct comparison.
Essence 2016, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
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