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  • Piaggio Center

    Roberto Jenkins TANZI, "Piaggio Center."
    new haven CONNECTICUT

    Yale School of Architecture (YSOA)
    critics: Greg LYNN & Nate HUME.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Roberto Jenkins TANZI: Piaggio Center, a hybrid factory and showroom, highlights the reconfigurability aspect of the contemporary fabrication process. The typical process is broken down into different fabrication components and housed in movable pods, which aggregate around centralized nodes of production.

    Visitors observe these pods being rearranged into new positions and retrofitted into new production methods. The larger pods can be reconfigured with different fabrication methods, ranging from painting booths to 3-D printers and additive manufacturing. The smaller pods transport raw material and pre-assembled components to each of the fabrication pods, as well as workers and visitors to each of the assembly nodes.

    The project explores the concept of moving architecture versus fixed people, highlighting the movement of these interchangeable pods throughout a cavernous interior space. This inner “machine-world” is hidden and mysterious from the exterior, and revealed to visitors through an overall vista in the main lobby. The perimeter of the inner world acts as a coastline condition between visitors and factory workers, converging at each assembly node.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    RJT: A studio visit to motorcycle factories in Italy, COOP Himmelb(l)au’s BMW Welt, and Aranda/Lasch’s Rules of Six.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    RJT: Reading Greg Lyn, Graham Harman, and Ian Bogost. Listening to Giraffage, Tchami, The Magician, and Flume.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    RJT: Thom Mayne; Frank Gehry; Neil Denari; Tom Wiscombe; and Wolf Prix.

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