Discovering space

Par Clea Balestra, Niels Galitch, Rolando Valarezo, Olivia Wechsler, 19/10/15

Week 1


In order to get a better overview over the situation of our four plasters, we drew a new plan and two new cuts. 



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This drawing helped us find new links between all the super elements. Furthermore we discovered an interesting situation between the two spaces around the plaster in the center of the situation.


As we already had two perspectives from each super element in Lausanne towards the according super element in Paris, only one additional perspective was needed to get a good overview:


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We than proceeded with the research of what kind of double element we were going to create. For our situation we found it interesting to work with this special relation that was created by one of the façades being in the middle of the others. We decided that our double element would be located in super element of the central facade. We used wire on the situation model to link all our super elements to help us visualise all the relations possible.



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The function of our double element was to create direct links between the super elements of the different facades therefore it had to be able to open and close so that the different relations between elements and spaces could be manually modified. Also we chose to associate our window with a table because it was more in relation with the themes of public and movement.

Since the table and the window made one double-element it was essential for us that we built both, (just the table would appear completely out of context).


Week 2 


We decided that we would first build the frame of our window on a 1/5 scale as well as some tests for the corners at a 1/1 scale. 


1/5 scale construction of the window frame




Tests for the corners of our window frame at 1/1 scale


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These models helped us see what would be possible to make and how we would be able to add the table within the frame.

After several tests we finally found a system that satisfied us. Our table would be composed of four platers, one central and static and three others that would be able to open and close on the central platter. Those three would be orientated in the direction of one of the super elements from the other facades. Thanks to this mechanism we can easily imagine how the different people in the different buildings can decide to exchange different items for example by opening and closing the diverse parts of the table.

The next drawing illustrates how the platers can be moved thanks to an axe of rotation. 



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Week 3

After researching the realization of the double element, a lot of complications came up. For this reason we decided to make some changes regarding the functionality of the project. The idea was to allow interactions between Lausanne, being on one side of the centered plaster, and Paris, on the other side. In the middle of the table, we introduced a window, which can be closed by a curtain so that interactions are possible in multiple ways.


Plans of the new table with details of construction on a 1/10 scale



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Elevation of that table on 1/33 scale



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We than built a model of our table on a 1/5 scale


on the pictures we can see the different situations made possible thanks to the curtain.



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