sP: Describe your project.
michael POLYMENIDIS: The result of a studio with a rather deconstructivism/non standard approach, without a certain final goal known from the beginning but mainly relying on the constant evolution, (per)mutation, addition and subtraction of ideas and concepts. The synthesis / disintegration process begins with the analysis/reading of the structure of the catamaran and the structure of the peaks of mount Olympus. Key words and concepts (relations and conditions) resulting from successive readings of the content and the context of the first two exercises, are applied during the third exercise in which they appear rearranged, or even deliberately “paraphrased” reconstructing an object characterized by its variable geometry, the variable relationships between its components and the interaction with each specific context.
The content is studied as a series of equilibriums, rather than a single consolidated result, arising from the construction’s marginal values as well as the environmental conditions in which it appears each time. The construction adapts to the environment without the concept of adaptation to ensure a desired result.
Moving towards the final design, a function is also considered leading to the rethinking of the above-mentioned construction and resulting to a major design factor that is taken into account during the designing process. The building is designed so that it can accommodate acoustic events offering very special acoustic conditions, consequence of each position. The main elements are an outer- skeleton (framework), consisting of modular parts, which supports the interior space, enclosed by a membrane with variable dimensions, while the context is not meant in any way to be ignored because the building has no zero (starting) equilibrium. The framework provides the mechanisms for movement and adaptation so that the topography of the context can affect the morphology of the vacant cavity defined by the membrane thereby constructing, in each case, a special field of audio reflections, as a result of the location of the building. The building “receives” the environment and “imputes” it to its usage.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
mP: Archigram, Xenakis, Festo, Carsten Nicolai, Theo Jansen, Big dog.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mP: Legowelt, Lars Stroschen, Broken synths, Händel, Fitzcarraldo.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
mP: Brandon Morse, object-e, David Muth, Ryoji Ikeda.
Additional credits and links: Prof. Vana Tentokali, Ilias Grammatikos, Sebastian Duque, Stella Nikolakaki.