ioud | Institute of Urban Design
University of Innsbruck
critic: Peter TRUMMER.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Julia GOTTSTEIN: The Volumetric Column deals with the column as a void space cut into an existing structure.
Columns create amplified open spaces—generate volumes—form spatial structures, which enhance the existing building.
Initial point was the AT&T Long Line Building in Manhattan, New York—a building, which was built as a bunker during the Cold War and remains now as a witness of a never conducted war in the urban area. Through the question how space articulates itself, which is contrary to its existence, the intention arise to create spaces that transfer the quality of emptiness, that offer void spaces and provides the qualities of emptiness. The distinct shape of the columns are a transformed result of the way how gothic columns act on a predefined system of point clouds, which determines how each single line bundles at the bottom and bifurcates towards a spatial configuration.
The Building itself transforms to a backdrop for an intervention in the inner—the envelope as a catalyst and supporter.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JG: Texts from Rusikin and Worringer, my tutor Peter Trummer and a workshop with Greg Lynn and Hernan Diaz Alonso
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JG: Reading Lars Spuybroek, The Sympathy of Things: Ruskin and the Ecology of Design; John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice; and Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. Listening to: lots of FM4; Solomon; and Maya Jane Coles.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JG: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Greg Lynn, Michael Hansmeyer, Roland Snooks, Iris Van Herpen, and Daniel Widrig.