University of Applied Arts Vienna, studio LYNN
critic: Greg LYNN
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Vojtech GERYK: The project, “Brain Technology Centre,” is an experimental research center dealing with neuroscience. The project aims to create an interactive learning environment that offers a way to improve or regenerate brain activity. The project with its own focus should build on existing research centers around, which have been involved in neurosurgery and neuroscience.
The project program presents a new interactive training environment as a way of regenerating and improving of brain activity. The project also creates a landmark in the park. The building activates topology of the park by the modification of the ground, which follows geometry of the building. Elevated pavilions present one of the key spaces from the interior as a continuing piano nobile floor pointing to the treetops. The ground floor of this project presents an interactive park environment under a canopy that offers different outdoor activities for park visitors—a sound therapy garden, yoga terraces, or sports performing fields. It is a blending of the building in to the park on the one site and it is a iconic landmark on the other.
Massing strategy deals with two architectural languages: horizontal slabs and vertical solids. Both components have a major impact to the topology design of the park. Terrain activates spots where solids touch the ground and creates unique indoor-outdoor spaces.
Orientation and position of those components follow visitors’ circulation and cardinal points. The main entry is located on the south, related to parking and to the UCSF campus.
sP: What or who influenced this project?:
VG: My project was mainly influenced by the Salk Institute. Especially by the building’s reaction to the surrounding area and view framing.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
VG: For me it was important research in similar institutional fields and program solution for operating. Most of this information I got from the Internet.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
VG: Personally, I like the work of Tom Wiscombe, Rene van Zuuk, and Herzog & de Meuron
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