Institute of Urban Design, University of Innsbruck
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Moritz KEITEL: The project einfamilienhaussiedlung questions how the individual rooms a house consists of, relate to each other and to the collective system of a colony. The distinct shapes of the houses are not predetermined fixed space-envelopes. But the result of an associative model of relationships existing between the rooms within each of the houses as well as between the different houses themselves. Although creating a group-form, the houses as such remain single and distinct entities.
The aim here is not to reproduce the typical contemporary American family home, but to decompose it. This is done by questioning the standard floor plan- setup of today. The non-corridor, matrix space house – something extremely rare in the contemporary architecture – is reintroduced. The project’s range goes from the urban scale of the colony and its relationship with its adjacencies, progressing into details of the façade. All elements inherent in the project are designed within a continuous system of interrelated steps.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
MK: Obviously my tutor Peter Trummer, Robin Evans’s text “Figures, Doors and Passages”, Jeffrey Kipnis’s lecture on houses, the City of Los Angeles and its architecture as well as lively discussions with Alexander Pfanzelt and Johannes Ladinig.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
MK: Reading The Sympathy of Things by Lars Spuybroek, The Autopoiesis of Architecture by Patrik Schumacher, “The Architecture of the Many” by Peter Trummer; watching Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles and lectures by Jeffrey Kipnis and Stan Allen; listening to FM4, Deutschlandradio, Foo Fighters, and Tool.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
MK: Student work from Sci-Arc, Angewandte, and Innsbruck; work from Tom Wiscombe, Greg Lynn, Ashton-Raggat-McDougall, and Wolfgang Tschapeller; and Industrial Design work from Thomas Feichtner and njustudio, as well as the sarcastic texts on Architecture and other social phenomena by Adolf Loos.
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