The Phase 2, Elements, should introduce us the notion of a “real size project”. The first exercice is a multi focus approach to the problem. Each member of the team had to develop individually one of the approaches but to discuss them in the group.
We firstly introduced the notion of elements by reviewing some relevant references from architecture, art and design by doing 3 collages.
Reflection of the light on the lake (Villa le Lac, Corbusier and Meeting, James Turrel)
Natural symbiose ; water and wood (The Great Bamboo Wall / Kiro-san Observatory, Kengo Kuma)
Moving walls (Miguel Torga Space, Souto De Moura and Paper House, Shigeru ban)
The second approach was a material exploration, where we had to produce a “built element” to show 3 relevant properties of the wood. The scale was 1:1
Resistance : Fir ( sapin )
It shows the resistance of this wood, but also the easiness to move it. So, we can compare this stool with a framework.
Hardly combustible : beech (hêtre), oak (chêne) and ash (frêne)
Each type of wood has an indication of fire security. First, there is the level of combustion, that goes from 3 (easily burnable) to 6 (hardly burnable). Then, there is also an indication of smoking density, that goes from 1 (much smoke) to 3 (little smoke).
Stability: OSB, “multiplis” wood
We choose to simulate a ceiling with beams with and without the OSB or “multiplis” wood. We can notice that, in case of earthquake, the structure can move and the stability, so all the building, can be compromised and fall down.
The third approach was from the place. We had to re-visit the site in Lausanne and observe the existing conditions and people’s behaviour in order to find situations that could intensively interact with the future 1:1 project. We observed views, circulations, acts, relations between elements or conditions as well as different strata again.
The Lift, one of the principal way to reach the place Bel-Air.
The bus stop. This picture shows that at certain times, this place is really busy and it makes a mass of people.
The slope, an access to the strata of the flon.
First object, a bench-table, it improves the comfort of the place.
Second object, a table, it links the two benches and improves the conviviality of the place.
Third object, a bench. The object is placed under the road in an unused covered place.
The last approach was a structural challenge consisting on supporting two plaster boxes from the exercise P1-E 2.1. The plasters had to be maintain in different orientations and at different heights always separated from the ground at least 4 cm. The area of support should not have been bigger than the smaller side of one of the boxes. One of the boxes had to be cantilevered (with no supports underneath).We used model sticks with similar sections of the ones we will use on real size but with a 1:10 scale.
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