• ROOMS - week 3 - final presentation

    Par Medic Marina, Michel Kyra Lea, 22/03/17

                                                       Final model (scale 1:10), after presentation        

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                                                   Final model (scale 1:10), before presentation 

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    Final model (scale 1:10), various wood sections and cellophane film

    views and details


    The final presentation of our project engaging with the thematic of reapropriation of built structures in an urban environment took place with a performative aspect.

    The discussion was punctuated by the intervention of various persons directly modifying the model by applying paint, tearing apart some of the film surfaces and creating new ones, finally changing completely the spatial conditions by using the structure we offered.



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                                                                    Spatial propositions. Paper models, scale 1:100



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                                        Resolving compression and flexion: by combining wood sections (2,7cm x 10cm) perpendicularly


    The structural system is given by wooden columns and beams, combined in I sections, that are being clipped onto the given protostructure.

    This system engages directly with the protostructure and creates new proportions for making the wrapping of film possible.


  • ROOMS - week 2 - material and structural research

    Par Medic Marina, Michel Kyra Lea, 13/03/17

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    As mentioned in the post of week 1, the choice of using film comes directly from the practice of street artists. It allows us to create space where the user can have an immediate influence on our perception of space and where rezappropriation of urban public space is made possible and legal, although it can still be disruptive.

    The film is used by graffiti artists to practice their painting. Parisian street artists Kanos and Astro launched the concept in 2009, it has since then become common. (for further information and examples: www.cellograff.com)


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                                                           transparency: layers in space with different cellophane bought in store                                          

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                                  Marina Medic, sitting on 5 layers of film (width: 30cm)                  5kg weight, single layer of film

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                                        5kg weight, single layer of film                                  5kg weight on 5 layers of film                                                                  

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    (a) exposing industrial type cellophane to a flame 

    (b) exposing domestic cellophane to a flame



    The material we chose to confront not only has physical characteristics we are unfamiliar with (elasticity, transparence, stickiness, resistance) but also poses structural questions.

    As we noticed with the first draft model, spanning the film around a structure puts its elements under strong stress: the structure is compressed, the woodsticks bow, joints break. We faced these questions by exploring the possibilities of reinforcement. This could be either done by creating frames, by reinforcing the given protostructure directly, or by adding elements that reinforce themselves and only just lean on the protostructure.



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                                Extract: structural research, proposals for resisting compression and flexion                                                                           

  • ROOMS - week 1 - the vandal

    Par Medic Marina, Michel Kyra Lea, 13/03/17

    Following our observations on the site concerning tags, graffiti, and vandalism, we pushed the observation. In Lausanne and its suburbs, we spotted places where the urban reappropriation has taken place under the form of vandalism.


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    The images above represent an extract of the locations we noticed. We concluded that the conditions characterising places that have been vandalised do offer a certain pattern. Mostly, we noticed a dichotomy: the vandal either uses a surface with high visibility (along train rails, highways, subway stations) or that guarantee invisibility and anonymity during the execution (hidden places, tunnels).

    Apparently, some are interested in marking surfaces that are difficult to attain. The rush of doing something illegal in a highly exposed and dangerous place matters. At the same time, others prefer quiet and hidden places where the risk of being discovered is low. 

    On the other hand, regularly checking the content uploaded on open social media Instagram demonstrates the creative interest of connected people located near the site, due to the presence of ZHDK.


    observing: hashtag #toniareal and location Toni Areal, Zurich

    related content on instagram

    25.02.2017



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    As a common studio guideline, we were give the reference of John Hejduk's "Masques of Architecture".

    We imagined a masque, a character, to start imagining a space that would at the same time embody the character and make it the masque for the character. We named it: the Vandal, based on our previous observations.




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                                                                                       Photo collage and handwriting


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    First draft model: the Vandal.


    In our first model, we developed the notions of observing, hiding, and being observed. Also, we integrated the observations we made around Lausanne: we combine a tunnel, optimal for hiding, as well as very exposed surfaces. Notably, a platform accessible by a small ladder is thought to offer spectators a place for a form of "voyeurism", observing the vandal.


    The choice of the material, cellophane, come from graffiti practice. Since the 1990's, graffiti and street artists use the film wrapped around two trees to create surfaces they can practice on. We see it as something we can express reappriation with: wrapping, unwrapping, the film is easy to use and allows the reconnection of space with every layer.

    Therefore, we understand reappropriation of space not only by vandalism, but as an action taken by users that directly modifies our perception of space. By either applying paint, ink, or posters onto the film surface, one modifies its transparence and texture. On the other hand, it can also easily be damaged - and restored, in the same configuration, or a new one.



  • ROOMS - week 0 - visiting the site

    Par Medic Marina, Michel Kyra Lea, 12/03/17


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                                                           photographs: Pfingstweidstrasse 94, 8005 Zürich. (day and night)


    Having visited the site during the weekend (friday afternoon, evening, saturday morning), we have been able to conclude that the place offers multiple specificities. The visual weight of the bridge, its shadow, the high frequentation, the traffic on the road close by, the noise caused by the passing of trains caught our attention.

    Mainly, we noticed that users seem to use this public space as a form of urban communication. The walls and columns supporting the bridge are filled with marks of vandalism: tags, graffiti, posters, stickers, and so on.

    What is legally defined as vandalism can be seen as a will of reapropriation.

    By leaving visual marks and signs on the structure of the bridge, these messages are exposed to the numerous people passing by.


    Legal definition of vandalism in the Code Pénal Suisse:

    Art. 144 1. Infractions contre le patrimoine / Dommages à la propriété

    Dommages à la propriété

    1 Celui qui aura endommagé, détruit ou mis hors d'usage une chose appartenant à autrui ou frappée d'un droit d'usage ou d'usufruit au bénéfice d'autrui sera, sur plainte, puni d'une peine privative de liberté de trois ans au plus ou d'une peine pécuniaire.




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    As a tool for the studio, we produced an urban analysis mapping the uses, trajectories (red lines: persons walking, blue lines: persons wheeled. One line = approx. 3 persons. Time frame: 1 hour. Weekend), and time spent on the different sports by users (represented by interline spacing of text. The denser the text, the shorter the stay - variates between 1min for the bike locking and 20min at the cafeteria "Bistro").

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  • PLANES: final project

    Par Michel Kyra Lea, 20/12/16

    Final project of the session PLANES, study and research of the encounter of two planes.


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                                                 Photography: final project, as inserted on the given structure


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                        References: Drawing by Kengo Kuma (japanese chidori furniture) and painting by Veikko Vionoja


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    The rhythm, the light and the load of memories and generations within a house in the Finnish countryside give the setting to an interpretation.

    By stacking vertical wood sections and enclustering plaster, this work aims to transcript the weight one feels on his shoulders when penetrating in an old family house. Within the space shown in the picture, the attraction of the window and the glimpse of a room filled with light create a tension. 

    The resulting object, compact yet diverse within itself, can be read as a roof extended into the beginning of walls.


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                                                                                         Study drawings 

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                                                         drawing: four technical details, isometric axonometry

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                                                                            East view and detail (node)

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                                                 drawings: plan, four sections, isometric axonometry. scale 1:20