2nd PLACE – $800
MAST consists of: ivar HEGGHEIM, jon ANDERSEN, rasmus MØLLER & mads m. ANDERSEN
suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
MAST: The overall geometry is driven by the attributes of the chimney, the formal structural qualities of the cone and the organic nature of the hair, by this juxtaposition a ‘character’ to state the relation to the Mocca context is pursued.
The Mocca Museum as a highly flexible exhibitions space is informed by the program and the sun pattern.
The outcome is conceived by a controlled interaction between four essential strategies:
A simple geometry creating fluid continuous enclosures without ”right angles”.
Decomposing ‘organic’ sequences of movement by wrapping the main volumes and thereby creating poches of interior voids in the skin assemblages.
Smart structure – integration of technology and environment driven by geometrical solutions.
Applying the fussy attributes of the hair in order to generate character and ambience.
The Mocca Museum is structured around two main cones and three minor cones that acts as chimneys. The top void of each main cone creates skylights.
The visible skylights and continuous walls of the museum suggest a den-like character as a contextual marker and clearly demonstrate the reason for their special design. In contrast to a square room, the cone has a distinct enclosed effect thanks to its natural shape without right angles. Continuous shapes like those of the Museum, emphasizes displayed objects and promotes flexibility.
By wrapping of the main cone volumes, poches – minor spaces – are created. These can accommodate infrastructural properties: storage, restrooms and staff areas. But the poches are also set to host public facilities such as small flexible workshop spaces and computer labs. This brings integration to all functions without detaching, staff and service areas from the public accessible areas.
The decentralized system of the chimneys voids inspired by Iranian wind towers facilitates natural ventilation via the chimney effect, and thereby creating a relationship between form, technology and environment.
The main chimneys provide the museum with indirect but varied light. The light falling along the walls, adds flexibility so objects can be randomly placed in the space. The amount of light can be varied by means of blinds, and if desired, the skylight in the chimneys may be replaced by spotlight directed on a single object or a group of items of the exhibition and since the light falls along the walls, adding the possibility of placing an object anywhere in the room. Because of these “non-spacious” attributes of the building the events and exhibitions will be the constituent for the creation of space.
The site will be a 24-hour space, which will support the museum functions but also operate independently below the museum as a small urban plaza, which is defined by the entrances and the exotic underbelly that is a bridging element between the museum functions.
At night, light permeates through the crevices of the enclosure shells. The hair acts as an organic machine, where energy is “derived” trough kinetic energy producing light. The light is both responding to underlying formal features, and underlining the character of the building seen from a distance.
The hair does infrastructural work (lighting) as well as supporting the sensation of a changing atmospheric cloud of fuzzy light in which the relationship between visitor and the core architecture is enhanced. The sensations produced by the lit hairy cloud will create a unique urban plaza – a place for urban events, meeting people, or simply passing through. By means of passing beneath the structure, visitor and space merge into one coherent yet fuzzy environment.
sP: What or who influenced this project:
MAST: Alfred Hitchcock
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
MAST: Listening to: Darkthrone, Odd Future, Minutemen
Reading: The Box Man by Kobo Abe
Watching: Låt den rätte komma in
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar:
MAST: Terunobu Fujimori, MOS-Office, Max Abramovitz
julia KOERNER: This Project shows a lot of potential for a new type of a museum as well. Thought the relation to the topic Comic itself is not clear enough. The explanation of the concept is very good and the idea of the cones. Especially animating I find the hairy dresslike “plaza” space which gives the building a lot of character. Also the ideas to the light effects and building organisation is very thought through.
alexander PINCUS: Some wonderfully conceived elements that could be developed further to great effect. Requires more control and sensitivity in resolution of geometry.
peter ZUSPAN: While I am not entirely convinced of the tubes and floor plates of the building, I think the envelope presents an interesting idea of cladding, where the solid plan lines create some nice whimsical apertures. And the treatment of the ground with the hairy ceiling is a playful touch.
michael SZIVOS: This proposal has a unique and promising formal strategy and an interesting condition at the street level. Unfortunately, how these contribute to the experience of the project is missing from the boards. I am hoping that it would be a successful project based on the fact that I am left wanting to see these spaces.
brennan buck: This project combines an intriguing public space at ground level with nicely cartoonish massing that should produce dynamic spaces on the interior. Unfortunately, the interior is underdeveloped as shown by the mismatched plan and section. The double-concentric layering in the plan has potential, but is not worked out very well.