INTER.ONE Tools for Architecture

Tools for Architecture is a research unit based at the Architectural Association in London formed by a team of architecture undergraduate students and lead by Space Popular directors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg. Work at TFA aims to develop new experience driven design methods.

Barrier Type Catalogue

This catalog attempts to demonstrate that vertical barriers are not necessarily restricted to the forms we are familiar with. Rather, they may exist at different angles, at different heights, and have a range of widths. Our interaction changes depending on the design of the “wall”.

How to define a “wall”?

At what point does it cease to be a “wall”?


Definitions of a wall:

“Wall, structural element used to divide or enclose, and, in building construction, to form the periphery of a room or a building.” – Britannica

“Any high vertical surface, especially one that is imposing in scale” – Oxford

“An upright side of a building or room.” – Oxford

“a material layer enclosing space” – Marriam Webster

“a structure that serves to hold back pressure (as of water or sliding earth)” – Cambridge

“a mass of people or things formed in such a way that you cannot get through or past them” – Cambridge