London Research Studio at the AA
University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Homa FARJADI
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Erin SAVEN & Ryan Rebecca WALL: Located in the Battersea area of London, this technology campus acts as an instrument of spatial ‘friction’, by treating ground, path and structure as a continuous volume that shifts, expands and contracts according to the concentration of people, light and activity.
The interactions that occur at points of intersection within this system depend on one another in a symbiotic relationship in which all elements co-exist. When a specific element fluctuates, like an increase in bicycle movement, it resonates throughout causing the adjacent spaces to react to it, enabling variation to occur. A relationship of necessity is sustained between the parts and the whole of the urban formation so that in order for the whole to exist, the parts must create friction amongst one another in a dependent, synergetic relationship. Ultimately, the project influences social patterns and contact by providing spaces with different types of connections, encouraging both intentional and spontaneous interactions resulting in a gradient of spaces.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
ES & RRW: Louis Kahn, Salk Institute, Paul Rudolph, The Barbican Centre, Bruno Zevi, Luigi Moretti, and geologic formations.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
ES & RRW: Watching Law & Order, Homeland, Downton Abbey. Reading The Projective Cast: Architecture and Its Three Geometries by Robin Evans
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
ES & RRW: Delugan Meissl, Helen & Hard, and Oyler Wu Collaborative.
Homa Farjadi, Eleni Pavlidou, and Pierandrea Angius.