• Almere Pampus Transferium

    Almere Pampus Transferium: Metastable Architecture

    TU Delft, Hyperbody Design Studio

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Mariusz G. POLSKI: Even the most sophisticated building, designed in reference to a particular environment, is not permanently suitable. First of all, due to the impact of the building on its environment, for which it was initially designed. Second, due to an unpredictable and dynamic field of external stimuli that might trigger changes in the environment. In both cases, a solution that seemed to be suitable for environmental embodiment, turn out to be a more or less accurate attempt, that has no embedded capability to facilitate environmental feedback.

    Almere Pampus Transferium is an experimental approach for designing a hybrid-function building in a centre of non existing city district. This task requires non-deterministic and open ended approach where stages of building development are interwoven with current situation of surrounding city area. This creates a situation in which building, throughout its metastable stages of feasibility, grows and evolves with the city that surrounds it. At each point of its life span, functional demands, both at quantitative and qualitative level, are being confronted with information feedback from the city tissue. Thus, programatic demands for new extensions are being analysed on a scale bigger than just a Transferium itself, generating situation where architectural body evolves in a direction to satisfy functional needs of an environment, that is triggered and influenced by the body itself.

    Information System
    Informational system developed for Almere Pampus Transferium assumes the absence of permanent stasis and operate onto metastable frames. An associated research incorporates computational mechanisms inspired by natural form emergence and evolution, not only in the design process, but also in its execution and evolution. Those mechanisms, while inspired by nature, do not necessary mimic its aesthetics. Their value is rather in providing effective and adjustable embodiments, whose emergence can be directly linked with the environment, initiating a mutual and continuous self-regulating feedback loop.

    Material System
    The application of developed informational systems in an architectural design goes in parallel with embodiments capable of handling fluctuating data flows. Parametric structural system used in a building is a the same time modular and customised, which means that within its parametrical boundaries new extensions of the building required in time, can be automatically adjusted to current conditions and connected with the existing parts of the building.

    Enhanced flexibility at the architectural level is provided by double skin system. Main structure of the building is covered with single glazed facade that provides condition for functionalities where precise climate control is not required. Internal volumes, at the other hand, placed inside the main structural frames, provides advanced climate control for all sorts of potential activities. At the level where big and open spaces, created by main structural system, meats internal volumes curving particular fragments of interior for their own means, spatial negotiation occurs.

    Final design admits relations between dynamic systems, and understand that those relations stand for its fitness criteria adjustment and survival capabilities. It is a design that incorporates contemporary tools as a communication medium with the cultural environment and assumes uncertainty to be a planed and valuable part of the process, producing architecture that facilitates environmental feedback and drive its evolution towards internal and external homeostasis.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    MGP: Issues of permanence in architecture.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    MGP: In general, generalist philosophy and emergence theory and ecological thinking readings form Manuel de Landa, Michael Weinstock, Bateson, John H. Holland, and many others.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    MGP: No one in particular.

    Additional credits or links:

    Design and Fabrication: Mariusz G. Polski MSc. Ir. Arch.
    Prototype assembly Team: Michela Mattioni, BSc. Arch.;Monika Michalik MSc. Ir. Arch; Anna Pawlowska MSc. Ir. Arch.
    Tutors: Dr. Nimish Biloria; De. Henriette Bier; Martin Sobota.

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