Diploma Unit Two. Architectural Association School of Architecture

Tools for Architecture is a research unit based at the Architectural Association in London formed by a team of MArch AA Diploma students and lead by Space Popular directors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg.

Tension and compression

Disarming preconceptions formed through past experiences, the stereotomic building system I propose challenges the threshold between reality and imagination through visual deprivation and heightened sensorial response.

Affected by modified phenomenological conditions of light and sound, the users engage with their environment in a simulated state of a priori, channelling consequently an intrinsic transition between absolute incentive and utter silence.

As such, the experience delivers deeper levels of engagement and consciousness, and rekindles the senses made all too dormant by the current environmental conditions of overstimulation.

Isometric Self Assembly

The building system can be assembled through the employment of tensile chords, which allows a piling of the 500×500 mm elemental blocks with little effort and no machinery, while also offering numerous constitutions. The reason for a self-assembled system is to familiarise the users with the space created in order to discard fear and enhance the feeling of a priori and surprise.

After the desired space is completed, the tensile chords can be removed.