Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
critics: Richard BECKETT, Marjan COLLETTI, & Marcos CRUZ.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Andreas KOERNER: Sequential Transformation is an investigation into a transformational process using a single primitive geometric body: the cube.
The geometry is translated along a linear path. Along this path several key transformations—scaling and rotation—are defined, resulting in a total of 400 instances.
Initial formal studies, playing with different densities of transformations along the path, resulted in the appearance of patterns. Hence, this process leads to endless iterations of self-similar geometric figures; a sense of hierarchy and order was introduced by combining the formal process with a system of order: the chess set.
Analyzing the common appearance and configuration of traditional chess pieces and their associative potentials, resemblance, and hierarchy, the study led to a new kind of formal language. Proportion and symmetry within one chess piece define its appearance; relative size and number of similar units within a given team create hierarchy and order.
According to the defined design principals, any class’ appearance within the chess set can be run through endless random iterations thereby resulting in endless self-similar units, each set individually following the same set of rules.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
AK: Jain temple columns; the theories of Ernst Gombrich on order and complexity; my Unit 20 tutors; seminars with Oliver Domeisen on ornament at the Bartlett; Candas Sisman; traditional Indian architecture; and Adam Hardy.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
AK: Reading Ernst Gombrich, The Sense of Order; Deyan Sudjic, The Edifice Complex; and John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath. Listening to: Kris Menace; Lazerhawk; Dynatron; Wolfram; and Joypopp. Watching Black Mirror and Mad Max.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
AK: Mike Winkelmann; Susie Sie; Julia Koerner; Yoann Lemoine; Simon Stalenhag; Studio Lynn; Unit20; Ralf Bliem; and Geoffrey Johnson.