Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Experiment one - draft

cross-examination of existing precedent typologies

Our early experimentation can be seen to be a free exploration of form generation. The use of digital form generation was a stimulus for physical model outputs, as we considered the question of a new building tower typology, a new flexible architecture.

We have explored modelling as:

Container; a hollow mass, essentially a facade construction. This provided little explanation of internal layout but rather the exploration of faceted geometry to create unique form.

Stacking; skeletal models, dealing with the practicality of structure. Laser modelling enabled us to explore the intricacy of structure resolution. By massing within Autodesk Revit and converting our buildings into laser cut planes, models became an exploration of strengthening connections and stability.

Modular: creative exploration, through the laser cutting of set-sized geometrical shapes, we were able to rapidly explore form in the physical setting. The rigid shapes implicated limitations in the forms we were able to create, yet alternatively provided syntax of pattern and rhythm, generated from their similar geometries.

These explorations represent to exhaustion the exploration of physical modelling via the container, stacking and modular. It left us asking ourselves what other stimulants will enable us to generate new forms of a more rigorous composition? And thus bring us closer to the realisation of a new, flexible Architecture?

The investigation of what is deemed successful flexible architecture of present, led us to the Seattle Public Library, and provided a precedent experimental methodology. OMA’s form can be seen to be generated from a direct interpretation of creative programming arrangement.

This informed our first experiment; the cross-examination of existing precedent public building typologies; vertical, horizontal and the in-between.

What constitutes a building’s program and how does that programming generate or be influenced by the building’s form?

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