dis’regarding kahn

‘dis’regarding kahn’ - project for the masterclass of wolf prix at the university of applied arts in vienna - finals 06|2007

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Considering Louis Kahn’s Esherick House to be a small but iconic example of his architectural oeuvre, which reflects various ideas about his manipulation of material, light and spacial composition, this project tries to analyze those qualities in a rather unexpected approach – following the rules of a process driven deformation.

Within a boundary condition derived from Kahn’s construction methods for the building, a fluid-dynamics engine disrupts the structural elements while assembling new interlinks in order to create a coherent ‘abstract’ of the Esherick House. Conceiving the result as an objective figure and not as a transfused redesign this experimental setup provides an opportunity to prove self-similarities/distictions between the original and it’s derivative according to architectural perception and it’s relevance regarding a contemporary context. As opposed to its formal appearence which dissolves through the process, spacial dependencies remain in an intergradient configuration. The shadow/light ratio which is an important aspect in Kahn’s work – using distinctive openings to modulate the space gets inverted into a dispersive light pattern flickering through the ‘abstract’. This inversion gets reinforced trough the porosity of the floorplates, an effect emerging from the experimental parameters. As a direct feedback to the deformation the site(landscape) reacts as a counterforce to set the new shape.

boundary condition/figure ground/program/analytic diagrams
generative animations
analytic animations
introducing a second structure for the building enclosure
sprayed concrete is used for the primary structure in order to reproduce those implicit realflow surfaces - as seen in the physical model pictures
plans/sun shading concept
and finally the shadow study that investigates the inversion of kahn’s shadow/light relationship
sun study


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