Philipp Ostermaier

2007, Jun / ProjectIt!

Studio Hadid Vienna

Our project deals with orientation and grouping of buildings in a field of towers with multiple centers. The desired effect, to make from one center the others perceivable, was tackeled by a system of projected facade - patterns from fixed points within the field. Our laboratory setup of this field contains 3 centers.

The borders between these centers are found through the voronoi rule, resulting in hexagonal areas as the 3 centers are equidistant. The basic positioning of the towers resembles a knights movement pattern, so that a higher number of towers is visible from each center. These basic shapes are then sliced by viewing lines of each center, resulting in each tower consisting of at least 3 facades of which each is facing one center. The facade which is facing the closest center is receiving an intricate, dense pattern (centerpattern), the other facades a simple and wider linear pattern (curtainpattern). This makes the affiliation of a tower from each center within in the field possible.

When moving through the field this visual information becomes more latent but through the strong directionality of patterns still perceivable. As the scale of the patterns strongly increases with growning distance from a center, respectively decreases with the distance shrinking, we also tended to use this behaviour and the different qualities of the center - and curtainpatterns for the constitution of the towers spaces.

The 3 patterns are correlated to 3 functional, vertically differentiated building parts, which are connected to a functional core. The dense centerpattern of the first part is used as a deep facade resulting in a cell - like structure. The linear curtainpatterns connect to the respective floorplates and trigger the facades permeability.

Authors: Philipp Ostermaier, Alexander Karaivanov