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  • austrian pavilion, shanghai expo 2010

    austrian pavilion, shanghai expo 2010
    vienna AUSTRIA

    austrian pavilion, shanghai expo 2010
    SPAN & Zeytinoglu [matias del CAMPO, sandra MANNiNGER, arkan ZEYTINOGLU]
    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    matias del CAMPO: Topology is the main driving force of the design of the Austrian pavilion, a major area of mathematics concerned with spatial properties that are preserved under continuous deformations of objects, for example deformations that involve stretching, but no tearing or gluing. It emerged through the development of concepts from geometry and set theory, such as space, dimension, and transformation.


    The main qualities for the project formed the boundaries of the topological surface. The software output consisted of an extensive array of subtly varying surface conditions. According to their performative behavior the population of over one hundred individual entities where scrutinized for their fitness according to different criteria, such as the potential to fulfill the program, the performance as structural entity and the affect generated by its appearance. This process reduced potential candidates to a very small number. Finally this candidates ran trough a series of algorithms (various remeshings, subdivisions, optimizing the size of the spatial pockets etc.) which eliminated all candidates but one.

    This technique can be described as an evolutionary process driven by a series of intensive forces, such as the specific compartmentisation of the pouches, the loadbearing qualities of curvilinear conditions, solar radiation, acoustic forces and the allover sensual experience of the space. The numerous explorations and investigations of SPAN into the nature of topological bodies, throughout the recent years, served as basis for the design process. One of the results of these investigations was a series of models only dedicated to seamless, continuous circulations within architectural bodies and apertures in complex curved geometries. These two fundamental architectural conditions, opening and circulation, are discussed in the project of the Austrian Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo 2010 in an alternative way.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    mdC: Topology, Euler, Baroque Porcelain, Multiface handles, discussion on intensity in architecture, Manuel de Landa, Greg Lynn, Frederick Kiesler, Baroque Geometries, modes of formation in organic matter, Geometry in Nature, Jeff Kipnis, Neil Leach

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    mdC: Underground Resistance, Moodyman, Roni Size, Amp Fiddler, Maurizio, Basic Channel, Theo Parrish, Norma Jean Bell, BSG OST, Hercules & Love affair, Richard Gibbs, The Incredibles OST, Michael Giacchino, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Fringe, Iron Man, Sunshine

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    mdC: Dextro, Friedrich Biedermann, Wendy & Jim, 1st Avenue Machine, Chris Cunningham, Adrian Newey

    Credits: Photos ©Maria Ziegelboeck, ©3007

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