• Second Semester - Rooms - Week 1: Sentinel

    Par Alex O, Alexandre, 27/02/16
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    A centrally placed room in the protostructure with the sole purpose of observation, similar to the program of a panopticon. Surveillance that is visible both ways, visible to the outside and to the users of the other parts of the protostructure. This observational element is inspired by the window frames of both our Double Element projects.

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    Panopticon prison

    In our Double Element projects (both bed-window), the importance of modifying the view of the element user was apparent. In one case, the user was forced to look in a single direction through a thick and heavy window. In the other case, the user could modify the position of two windows to ensure constant, unobstructed surveillance of two specific areas. In (almost) every observational case, the eye of the observer is used. We therefore thought about a general observation state which englobes all specific forms of observation varying from security to observatories, microscopy, photography, etc. The main idea that came from such a train of thought is the creation of a room that is the organ that observes - an eye.


    The first thing that comes to mind is a giant floating eye, or some sort of monster with a single eye in the center of its forehead, as it is written in mythological texts. There are of course several examples of such beings, ranging from modern videogames, to old pre-historic texts. There is however a difficulty in articulating a room generated by such an idea.

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    The Monoculus from the videogame "Team Fortress 2" & An ancient Irish festival


    A possible articulation would be to analyze the human eye and "disassemble" it into various components. The optical construction found within the human eye is essentially an apochromatic triplet meaning that there are three optical elements. In our first model, we therefore made three window frames to constitute these three elements. Of course, the eye can turn around so there is a pivot point implemented in the sketch model.

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    "The light entering the eye first passes through the cornea (refractive index n~1.38), ~0.5mm thin negative meniscus of ~7.8/6.5mm radii. Anterior chamber, between cornea and the eye lens is filled with aqueous humour, watery fluid with n~1.33. [...] The eye lens is bi-convex, made of thousands of roughly concentric layers, with refractive index from ~1.38 in the center to ~1.41 at the edges."

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    This evidently isn't a room. In fact, it would be a pretty good Double Element project. Not only that, but a monoculus cannot ensure full 360 degree observation. There is however another kind of eye: the insect eye. For every photosensitive cell, there is a microlens. Such a system allows for much larger viewing angles, and the geometric shape is a great base for shaping a unique room. The second sketch model demonstrates this divulgation.

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    DRAWINGS OF THE PROTOSTRUCTURE


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    Cut and elevation with proportions study of the protostructure

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  • Para-site

    Par Alexandre, 30/12/15

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    From the cables slabs were made and linked to the column as a parasite attacking it. The location of it at the top of the column conserve that relation of height we had with the cables in the city. At the 1:33 scale it creates a feeling of vertigo.

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                                                                                                     MONGE OF FINAL MAQUETTE


    Starting from the site and the cable-column interaction I decided to take the semi circular form created by the crossing and the cables, where this semi-circle is hinged into points that converge to one.

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  • Para-site : Process

    Par Alexandre, 28/12/15

    The first studio approach was how could we place our double-element in different places on the site, our site being the hybrid models we created for the first project.

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      Through the study of 5 locations I found a new quality in the double-element which was the way he disturbed the program of the hybrid he was placed on, therefore I decided to treat it as a parasite grafting on the site instead of a double-element with a defined program itself.

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                                                                              STUDY IN PLAN OF THE DOUBLE-ELEMENT ON THE SITE



    Going back to the original site in Lausanne and the hybrid, with the drawing I placed the + column on them, trying to understand its influence.

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                                                       LAUSANNE                                                                                                        HYBRID SITE


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    I also tried a first test maquette to use this idea of parasite with the interraction of the +column and the cables the buses use that goes all around the city.

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  • W09 - Construction Process

    Par Alexandre, Allae, Simon, Mathilde, Maria, 08/11/15


    During the final week we studied aspects of our hybrid in greater detail. A drawing of our element in plan and elevation as well as various construction details helped us build a realistic figure of our double-element. 



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    Below we can see our element broken down into its different parts. It is composed of a bed and two window frames which when joined together create one central view.


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    We joined all the parts together in a wide yet long area though which we could clearly observe the view from the windows at both positions: opened and closed. The presence of the frame allows us to focus on what we can see through. We should not treat the frame as something we should interpret but rather accept and comprehend what it is that we observe. 



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    Pictures of our element from various view points: 



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  • W08 - Hybrid Form

    Par Maria, Alexandre, Allae, Simon, Mathilde, 02/11/15

    The double element has the form of a window frame and a bed. The window provides a frame which limits the attention of the user towards a specific area. The bed serves as a private space to the user-citizen. On the one hand the user is isolated from the rest of the crowd while lying on the bed-surface. On the other hand he is aware of what is going on around him within the limited area to which his attention is drawn on through the frame. 




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    First model of the Hybrid which conveys the form

    of the space utilised by the user-citizen (ideal form

    that allows the user to view certain parts of the city).


    Since the view through the window frame is of great importance to our concept, we investigate it in an attempt to better comprehend the relationship between the user, the double-element and the surroundings.



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    As we approach the construction process, we study in detail the wood joints used in our Hybrid drawings. This helps us proceed with the realisation of the construction at a 1:1 scale. 


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