Content tagged: increasing the accommodating potential

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Content type: Project
Date added: 27.01.2014

Smart Material House

This proposal for a zero-carbon house from lightweight self-insulating concrete components combines performative aspects of this sculptural material with plastic three-dimensional form making for aesthetic and inhabitational means. Structurally, the concrete wall elements overlap and stack over each other generating a highly articulated plastically modelled elevation. Configured of three base types and an additional trio generated by flipping the wall element by 180, a wide range of facade and room differentiations are generated. These sculptural forms produce expressive internal and external pocket spaces and loggias, poches with dynamically shaped walls, open to appropriation through the user/viewer. Barkow Leibinger are an American/German architecture firm based in Berlin.

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Content type: Project
Date added: 27.01.2014

Safety Yellow

This intervention aims to transform the spatial experience of an inhospitable underpass in Zurich through the use of colour and geometry. Around the entrances, a colour field allocates space for two user groups, pedestrians and cyclists, splitting the tunnel into half. This field expands, slowly taking over the entire space, when reaching the centre of the tunnel before declining again. The interplay of tunnel and colour introduces a rhythm to the transition. The accentuated movement and the focus onto the center of the tunnel aim to facilitate orientation and ultimately security. Bettina Gerhold is a colour designer based in Zurich.