Advanced Structural Integration / Design Studio
The project was initiated as a 21st century revisit at Maison Domino. After a detailed study of the conceptual meaning and structural concept of Le Corbusiers Project, we extrapolated 3 main points which stand for the current societal status: Verticality, Inter-articulation and Customization.
In efforts to challenge the formal horizontality illustrated by the Maison Domino, this project aims to achieve an effect of verticality by way of a field of lines. This infinite field of normal vectors is used to represent a constant vertical load, as it begins to reinterpret the existing columns of the Maison Domino. According to program, the vectors within this field attract to and repel against each other to create structure and space. This manipulation, in turn, has created the most optimal use of the vertical elements, as they now dictate both a spatial and structural narrative for the single-family home. As seen in both the interior and the façade, the use of the line offers a new way of realizing elements within the home. The line becomes somewhat of a continuous, connective force, which creates a direct relationship between horizontal and vertical structure. This is what we refer to as inter-articulation, meant as a strategy of overcoming the dichotomy between façade and interior and mending the structural system also in this relationship. The Car is integrated in the design process and is parked on a ramp at the waterfront, to make a conversion from car to boat possible. The public entrance of the house is at street level, and the more private one is situated at the waterfront, where the vertical structural elements are coming out of the water. Involved is an advanced structural analysis and evolutionary algorithm to optimize the structural layout.
"Fluid Totality : 15 years of Studio Zaha Hadid Vienna", 2015 Birkhäuser Verlag Basel
The Essence 2014, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
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