suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
melina a. GIRARDI: small airport terminal for riga, estonia, based on the typology of the hypostyle hall.
throughout the history of architecture, this typology was depending on a regular grid – we were interested in investigating new possibilities through blurring this grid and emphasizing the difference between regular and irregular.
the architectural concept is to build space by varying simple vertical elements and their position in space, avoiding surfaces to enclose rooms.
this lead to the idea of defining rooms and halls as void spaces enclosed by a cloud of sticks.
the position of a stick in space is defined by its end points: the point that touches a void space snaps to a regular grid. the other point is arranged according to the blurred out grid on the floor or ceiling that it connects to.
this creates an interesting effect while passing through the building: depending on your point of view, you perceive it either as a regular arrangement or a blurry cloud.
we used the concept of tensegrity to create a smart structural system that allows for the incorporation of our design idea without distracting from our main focus: creating rooms with a calm atmosphere versus vast open halls that let the visitors experience the constant gradient between regular and irregular.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
iP+kK+mG: hypostyle halls, kivi sotamaa, random vs oder, eric owen moss: smithsonian institution, patent office building, generative design, toyo ito: sendai mediatheque, arne quinze, tree structures, studio greg lynn
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
iP: reading and the hippos were boiled in their tanks,
trying to read architectures of time: toward a theory of the event in modernist culture
kK: inspiration during the project: katsumi hayakawa, antony gormley
mG: reading murakami’s kafka on the shore and the classic: rem koolhaas’ delirious new york.
listening: the black keys, youngblood brass band, parov stelar
watching: into the wild – music and movies are important to me, as creative inspiration, but also to reboot my brain every once in a while.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
kK: arne quinze, peter zumthor.
iP: kumi yamashita, EMBT, miralles tagliabue.
mG: ernesto neto, hussein chalayan, ryuji nakamura, morphosis, UN studio, BIG, anish kapoor.
photos courtesy of reiner zettl