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.

Extended Brief 2017-18 AA.INTER.ONE

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Dynamic Wall Concept Animation

In our current mode of living, walls carry the majority of services and functions. On the surface they carry our toilets, kitchens, sinks etc. Hidden behind are services such as electricity, plumbing and heating. It is not a far leap to imagine that walls could carry all the functions we need. With this position in mind, the proposed dynamic spatial system focuses on walls as the main constituent elements. It should be clarified that the concern of this document is not on the content of the walls, as they are interchangeable depending on circumstance, but focuses rather on the other aspects that would allow this system to be realized. This diagrammatic animation intends to demonstrate how the mere acts of rotating and translating the position of walls, drastically transforms the initially domestic setting into unexpected scenarios.

 

Walls are essential in human habitation of all forms, to satisfy our basic need for enclosure and shelter. Throughout history, the possibility of what we design and built has been largely defined by the technology and properties of these walls. The transition from structural masonry walls to reinforced concrete walls at the end of 20th century for example was pivotal in allowing buildings to hear previously unimaginable heights. In parallel, floor plans became more open and free, and this affected architectural design and our interaction with space.

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Early accounts of experimentation with movement in architecture traces back to the theaters of ancient Greece, where it was used to invoke a sense of awe to magnify the power of deities and the state. In recent times, kinetic mechanisms and attempts to embed movement in design has become increasingly looked at to deal with environmental challenges, enable mobility, for economic reasons and more. There is now a wealth of knowledge and technology available to allow for the full mechanization of architecture.

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