Mangrove site in Geneva, near the Rhône. The site, according to me, must keep its natural charm and a light construction is what I believe will suit the spot the best.
Mangrove site, Geneva
The projects students have been working on have all their own features, but all of them are not connected to each other. Some are even completely apart from the rest. I personally believe that they should all be a part of something bigger and belong to a wider system, like a constellation or spider web.
I would like to create a connection between all the different projects inside the Protostructure. My project itself has thus a role of passage between the different spaces created by the students, but it also has its own identity with the space it creates on its own.
General view of the project
I wish to offer a simple and efficient system, that uses similar modular pieces. Thus, we could be able to make the different parts of the project in advance and move them on the Mangrove site after construction.The project is divided in two parts:
An horizontal crossing floor is made with two modular pieces only.
The floor is structurally maintained with beams under the wooden boards. These beams can be leaning perfectly on the Protostructure as their shape adapts accordingly. Details of the modular floor pieces were designed to fit the pieces inside the Protostructure, and avoid using screws: the wooden floor would simply hold on due to gravity.
Details and beams under the wooden board
The floor adapts the Protostructure
The Protostructure could be crossed transversely and longitudinally, depending on the assemblage:
When four modules of the Protostructure are used with this project, a unique space is created: the floor has a diamond shape with a hole inside.
A vertical frame is created with elevated fences. These vertical pieces are not connected directly to the floor as I didn't want to enclose the visitor completely. However, it has still a consequent high to create an instable space. It is high enough to be above the visitor's head, and there is no roof above the space.
These fences are also made of modular pieces of two different lengths to adapt the two different horizontal measures of the Protostructure (160cm and 240cm), according to which way we desire to cross.
Two different sizes of fence, with an adapted pattern.
The fences are set according to the floor. As the floor approaches the side of the Protostructure, the verticals are getting closer to each other. I would suggest to set the floor as first as to which direction we desire to go, and then place the according fences around it.
These vertical fences hold on support posts. These posts are structural pieces, made to fit the verticals of the Protostructure, while carrying the vertical frame of my project. A support post is the junction between the Protostructure and the verticals of my project.
Support post and how it adapts the Protostructure
Greater fence on support posts
The smaller Fence is also sustained by Support Posts, but in the other direction. To be able to join two fences on the same post, it requires a metallic profile that can be inserted in the arm of the support post. Thus, the metal key joint creates two new arms on the post, on which the small fence can rest on.
Drawing of metallic profile
The metallic profile can be inserted in the arm of the support post
The smaller fence can rest on the new arms created by the metallic profile on the support post, the same way the greater fence leans on the post.
Drawing of modular pieces and junctions
Connection with the Project of Kenneth Lam
Space of the Project
The space created in this project is supposed to make the visitor question himself about the space he is going through.
The vertical fences are set according to the floor in a specific way: as the floor approaches the side of the Protostructure, the verticals of the fence get closer to each other, blocking the view of the visitor. In contrary, as the person is walking away from the fence, the verticals seem to open the view to the visitor. The observer doesn't feel enclosed as the fences are elevated and light, but he still doesn't feel so free as he may be blocked by the shape of the project. In addition to this, the fences have an irregular degradation pattern, which is not common and gives a feeling of instability.
The floor has also a particular shape: it's not straight, and the visitor has to walk prudently as holes may appear at some areas. The simple action of "walking" takes here another meaning as it doesn't feel so familiar anymore. The visitor should notice the disturbance and look closer at the space to understand where this feeling comes from.
I believe a room is a space with particularities that make the visitor realize his environment has changed. The person must be aware of it, and feel the space he has just stepped into.
The space created can look very simple at first, but the visitor is quickly put into an unusual situation, where walking doesn't seem so natural anymore.