Describe your project:
yushang ZHANG, rajiv SEWTAHAL, & riemer POSTMA: Within the framework of the Vertical Village research in The Why Factory studio in TU Delft, we strive to explore a new way to get the joy of village living without occupying as much land resources as traditional villages do. Having analyzed the pros and cons of typical spatial organization of both traditional village and urban high-rise residence, we came up with the idea of “3-D plot division” inside a vertical volume to realize the idea of vertical village.
The division is based on the 3-D Voronoi algorithmic system, which can translate the relation of points into interfaces to divide a certain volume into individual cells. If every cell is owned by one family, by changing the positions of points we can create various 3-D individual domains.
A special rule controlling the generation of points is that every point should be relatively orthogonal to its nearest point, so that every cell will have its largest surface being perpendicular or parallel to the horizon. Some activities, like cooking or studying, can rely on those orthogonal surfaces, while others, like gardening or party, can happen in those irregular parts. Therefore, both practical and dramatic spaces have been defined by this system.
Like the embryo living in its egg, each family can decide where and how to put their house inside their 3-D plot. A series of cells is designed as circulation and public facilities to provide habitants with conveniences and places to have collective activities.
In the end, collective dwelling is not simple stacking of layers anymore, but become a more complicated and organized coexistence of unique individual domains in a vertical village. Distinctive house designs will be triggered by unique conditions of those “3-D plots.”
sP: What or who influenced this project?
SEWTAHAL: The earlier research on Vertical Village by the Why Factory and Toyo Ito
POSTMA: My own experience in a village combined with earlier research of The Why Factory and international style architecture
ZHANG: At the beginning of the project it was our mentors Prof. Winy Mass and Alexander Sverdlov who inspired us. Hereafter, it became those opinions that Voronoi is only a tool for “fancy form” that stimulated us to explore more value of this algorithmic system.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
SEWTAHAL: Urban Villages, and the Making of Communities by Peter Neal.
POSTMA: S,M,L,XL and architectural works of OMA, SANAA, Herzog and de Meuron.
ZHANG: Before starting this project I read utopia theories of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ebenezer Howard and Archigram. No too much time for reading during developing this project, just listening to British Pop and Chinese Crosstalk.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
SEWTAHAL: Junya Ishigami, Christian Kerez,
POSTMA: At the moment I became interested in the organization of the metropolis and start on reading, Ricard Sennett and Richard Florida. Besides I became interested in the architecture of Alejandro Zaera-Polo and the art works of Olafur Eliasson.
ZHANG: OMA, BIG, Kisho Kurokawa, and the young generations in Japan and China.