• The Inhabitable Staircase

    The Inhabitable Staircase

    MArch GAD, The Bartlett, UCL
    advisors: Marjan COLLETTI, Guan LEE, Tea LIM, Pavlos FEREOS, & Hannes MAYER

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    MUHAMMAD Hissaan AWAIZ Randhawa: “The Inhabitable Staircase.” A project that argues the conventional practice of designing spaces, volumes and ornaments as separate entities. Under the theme of “Form follows Fetish.” The following project was developed by Using human body (neck) M.R.I. data as a tool and methodology to design and to speculate architecture, the inhabitable staircase grows and deforms under the notion of disease (F.O.P) creating a new potentiality.

    The deformation of the staircase potentially develops new shading spaces, ornaments and fenestrations to be a part of architecture.
    Filamentous handrails deform into structural canopies and these canopies deform to create ornament and fenestration. The project is a celebration of new potential spaces in architecture. The staircase deforms to create new inhabitable spaces as living pods, filaments and ornament all becoming a part of an overarching system in a constant flux. The staircase develops living pods as its extension due to the influence of disease, creating new architectural spaces.

    My final project is an exploration of these ideas and their grounding to create inventive inhabitable spaces. These spaces are a result of the digital and material exploration. A state in which uncertainty and certainty is a part of the design process and programme itself. Instead of making rigid boundary based surfaces and articulations I propose to work with integral and dissolute ways to develop inhabitable spaces, articulations and orifices. Material considerations are a part of the design process and programme both. I propose to make overarching inhabitable spaces which can open new possibilities towards the appreciation of the in attributable and the uncertain as a part of the design process. Structural core or shell is not of significance, the intermingling of elements and components to create convoluted hybrid spatial conditions which are not a part of the traditional norm of architecture is the goal of the project. A system which is not measured by its function but rather by the richness of its gestures, attributes and qualities like the life line which as a concept was developed in response to the research of neck.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    MA: Marjan Colletti, Tea Y. Lim, UCL CABI, Tobias Klein, Marcos Cruz, Nat Chard, biology, FOP disease, my grandmother’s disease (may she RIP). Arthritis and personal bone deformation.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    MA: Reading: Reyner Benham; Deleuze; medical journals; orthopedics and medical books. Watching: Fringe (TV Series); Prometheus; almost every horror, science fiction movie and medical documentaries (2011-12); my own hand (yikes).
    Listening to: Coldplay; Adele; and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    MA: Marcos and Marjan, Evan Douglis, Tom Wiscombe, Ali Rahim, and the works of all of my creative friends at the Bartlett.

    Additional credits and links:
    My personal portfolio website containing more images and written content of the inhabitable staircase, aRC(2)himera, professional and academic works.

    I am thankful to Marjan for his support, motivation and ideas which always helped me throughout my course.

    I am thankful to grymsdykefarm, especially to Guan Lee for being the major fabrication workshop throughout my time at the Bartlett.

    I am thankful to the cooperation and teamwork of my entire cluster including friends from all over the world, and especially China.

    I would like to thank UCL Medical Hospital and Dr. Nigel for giving me the opportunity to get my body scanned for this research.
    It was not without this starting point that I could have pursued what I am doing right now.

    I would also like to thank my tutor and mentor Tea Y. Lim for his support, encouragement and faith in the research and the difficult times. Your ideas and your input have been pivotal for my research.

    I would especially like to thank my parents and my family who always supported me throughout this time. They have been a source
    of motivation, inspiration and comfort in times when I needed the most.

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