suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
jonas ERSSON: The project represents the culmination of a series of individual workshops conducted within the framework of the bachelor-course “Architecture Space and Technology” in the spring of 2011 at the Lund University School of Architecture.
The idea of an interchangeable architecture has been a driving force behind many of the experimental movements during the 20th century. In my scheme I revisited some of the ideas of the metabolist and structuralist movements but tried to reevaluate the basic premise. Unlike the metabolist idea of wear and tear, I envisioned a system that instead of constantly being replaced would allow a systematic reconfiguration to suit changing needs.
In essence, modular living-units connect to a corresponding modular steel framework, as well as to each other, to create possibilities for specialized and interchangeable configurations. The design also allows for a customization within the living-unit itself where technical installations such as solar cells, diesel producing algae, water purification and ventilation can be plugged into the unit depending on the positioning of each unit relative to influences such as prevailing wind-direction and the amount of direct or indirect sunlight a unit recieves.
The spaces created in the core of the steel structure can, with the help of curtain walls, be used as offices and communal spaces such as vertical gardens. The main structure is hoisted two stories above ground by a series of pylons that also function as ventilation shafts for the underground shopping centre that connects to the existing “ Triangeln” commercial centre in downtown Malmö, Sweden.
School of Architecture Lund University, Sweden
“Architecture Space and Technology”
critic: erick CÁRCAMO & caroline DIEDEN
course coordinator: abelardo GONZALES
sP: What or who influenced this project?
jE: The Structuralist and Metabolist movevements and works such as: Nakagin Capsule Tower- Kisho Kurokawa; Habitat 67 – Moshe Safdie; Plug in City – Sir Peter Cook.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jE: Kallocain – Karin Boye, Lykke Li.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
jE: Ernst Haeckel, Hieronymus Bosch, Jorge Ayala, Pipilotti Rist, etc. . . .