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.

Programmatic Elements

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This post explores a set of elements which can be used to add function to space. This objects could also become isotropic  and function as tables, storage units, sitting surfaces, sleeping, isolating spaces.


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Different elements can be added to offer more tactile contact with the body, specifically hands.


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Even gripping surfaces can have a huge variety, and add a huge tactile and functional diversity to space. Above you can see a study of grips used in bouldering.


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Finally different tubes of different sizes can replace and offer different types of movement through space. The plate above explores how you can use tubes as a staircase, ramp, ladder.