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Pre-jury I | Development of the Design Strategy | PAUSING

The project given for this term is about mass- housing as I mentioned in my previous post. But the principal concerns of the project is about new modes of dwelling and duration of occupancy. It is a challenge to question the norms of 2+1, 3+1… housing. In this project, the neighbourhood issue and everyday life practices gain importance.

We started by defining the problems on the site. We worked on several topics until the pre-jury yet they were not strong enough to end up with a strategy or did not support the main principles of the project. So that, after much other analysis we, as LOOP, focused on everyday activities on the site. The result we gain was a problem for us. The variety of activities was so rich on the horizontal while on vertical one could only dwell but nothing. For this reason, we wanted to enrich the activities on vertical too by multiplying the street level upwards. Here you can find the presentation board of us for the first pre-jury.

What if?

I love what if questions since they push one to analyse that specific something from a different viewpoint and arouse new possibilities that some another would never find out. So that I love to use them for my projects, too. They make me see those that I don’t see.
This time the “what if” assignment was introduced as an injection exercise. Eg. “What if a swimming pool is injected to Torre David?” or “What if a zoo is injected to Unite d’Habitation?”
So that we were to transform the existing circumstances since what we would put forward was going to be something never thought while designing. For this reason, it is inevitable to end up with something totally different from the real one. Also, the new spaces we introduced brought some other space definitions that are alien to the existing design, too.

The first question of my decision was “What if an aquarium is injected to Torre David?”. Since aquarium is a public space and it works as a showroom, I wanted it to be seen from different elevations as much as possible and provided access from the separate building right next to the tower. Plus, I preferred to leave empty the spaces below and above the main aquarium to provide spaces to watch the aquarium from diverse elevations along with some common spaces right next to the glass surface of the aquarium.

What if a tree is injected to Unite d’habitation? A tree in this dimensions would change the circulation inevitably. But why not providing large open spaces for the inhabitants of this compact housing units?

What if a swimming pool is injected to Unite d’habiation?  A swimming pool with an extra mechanical space, rest rooms, and baths. How would the transformation be?

Scaling a bed?

A bed is almost like our entire home today. We do not only sleep on it but we eat, read and work. So a bed has multi-functions. Furthermore, it is a personal space, even though it can be shared for a short time and attain publicity, it is still remembered with the term privacy. So what happens when we re-size or multiply it?

These images above were through my first interpretations. A bed that is resized can have different functions and loose its initial purpose of use or multiplication can reduce privacy and such.
On my second analysis, I changed my initiator and worked with a crib. It is different because it changes the position of a man with a bed. It transforms the experience from being ON a bed to being IN a bed.

Case Study: Design with CODING

CODING is a word that can be easily misunderstood in its use as an architectural term. Coding is about having some decisions beforehand, it can be considered as the initial step of the process of design. Even though some presume that coding is a restriction that is limiting further possibilities and variations of design when it is treated as an element of design, it can work as a regulator that is ensuring the unity of overall decisions.

I believe that it is better to analyze coding through a case study which is Borneo and Sporenburg (by WEST8) in this case. In B&S the regulating effect of the codes is very legible form the landscape since the first codes are about the arrangement of land use. Continue reading “Case Study: Design with CODING”