University of Innsbruck, Institute of Urban Design
critics: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO, Peter TRUMMER (Chair), Jose Carlos LOPEZ CERVANTES
Patrizia PFANZELT, Thomas PUKLJAK, & Viktoria OBWALLER: “Sheepshelter as a place for thoughts dealing with transformational beauty”
The pursuit of natural beauty, considered as a need of mankind, forms the basis for the developement of the geometry and project. That also means prototypical designs, such as the affinity of life forms, are translated into a working symbiosis of particular systems; outsourced systems which are getting in touch by recombining them.
The design strategy implements the separation of existing pieces of geometry, which again are cut out of a bigger working system. This might be the overall approach of generating design. Recombination seen as a tool allows a huge amount of variety, always ready to be changed.
This is the point where the project started to become a mass of rearranged pieces of geometry; like “Buffalo Bill” in The Silence of the Lambs, who murdered women to gain finally their skin, which he needed to generate a coat. Using this method, he achieved a kind of transformational coat, which transforming him into a subject of the female sex.
Linked to the sheep shelter, the project is considered as a constitution for transexual people, living in permanent thoughts of changing their beauty, their appearance, their sex. . . .
Indeed, the sheep, seen as therapeutic device for the prevailing hesitance, are part of the architecture in forming atmosphere! Located in Innsbruck, surrounded by a residential neighborhood, the project should be finally seen in the current architectural discussion and has a clear focus on the ongoing status and claims of beauty.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
PP, TP, VO: The current work of the Excessive studio of Hernan Diaz Alonso. A fascination with Matthew Barney´s works‚ Cremaster and the duality of things (hermaphrodite). Mutual dependency, separation of things, recombination and transformation itself.
What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
PP,TP,VO: We were dealing with the subjects of the books “vital beauty” and the”sympathy of things” of Lars Spuybroek. We were also listening to some lectures by Hernan Diaz Alonso and gathering particular subjects out of movies, artists and art installations, and haute couture fashion design.