Having fun in the studio!
Having fun in the studio!
Sincerely it has been so hard for us to come to a decision while working on how to place the dwelling, production, and commercial units on the site and how to organize their relationship. According to what? After long days of discussions, we defined squares to create central zones on the site where the commercial and production units are going to be so dense.
We initiated this idea by examining the user profiles coming from different directions to the site. So that we designed approaches directing to those squares. According to those analyses, on the square right-hand side, the density of commercial units are planned to be denser than production units while it’s the opposite on the other square.
So that we are aiming to obtain a variety of neighborhood relations by multiplying the activities on the street level.
There are many problems and points that are not designed or thought on yet. That’s why we should now work on 1/200 & 1/100 scales to detail the design and make changes accordingly.
Our project has already begun to take shape. According to our previous analysis of the variety of activities on the ground level (street level), we started to make further decisions. Initially, I believe that it will be better for you if I go over our main aim and strategy. We (as LOOP Architecture) are aiming to multiply the life on the ground level vertically. In other words, we want ground level activities to be on the upper levels to strengthen the neighborhood and provide a new type of dwelling appropriate for different user profiles.
After the first pre-jury, our first concern was about how to organize different street layers on vertical so that they increase the relationship. Initially, we worked on some variations to bring dwelling, production, and commercial together. After that, we needed a vehicle access up to a point that production units on upper levels could have used. Here you see our first intention. The vehicle access is allowed only up to a level to provide privacy for the dwellers so that the upper level is for pedestrian access. Of course, this two was only the main streets to be supported by other sub-streets on various levels.
Yet the first critic has shown that such long longitudinal layers restricted our design and decreased the layering opportunities so that we better broke them and play with surfaces or use the potential of the topography while designing the platforms. Plus, providing such a space for vehicle access was not that necessary. So that we will reconsider all these decisions according to critics.
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.
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?