Cultural, three approaches
About Roofs, Added and Excavated Volumes _ Diego Terna
The projects analyzed below define different ways of approaching a very broad subject, culture, an umbrella that covers infinite ways to design a space.
In this case, three themes seem to calibrate the architectural approaches: In the first, the buildings are born through focused work on the building’s roof, an element that can collect flows and functions within a well-defined geometric margin. In this margin a marked difference emerges between the served and the serving spaces, unified thanks to the coverage. The second approach entails an addition of volumes that interact with each other, focusing on the areas of convergence/divergence as places of strong spatial suggestion. The third approach is in some ways antithetical to the second: Instead of adding, one removes. These projects focus on the void created by the excavation of the large main volumes, thus highlighting the fluidity of the spaces and the plasticity of the materials.
The works of Giotto and Eero Saarineen, a post-production work on YouTube, the work of Konstantin Melnikov, and the projects of Jonathan Safran Foer and Sou Fujimoto accompany us on this journey.
Wood and Architecture
A Return to the Old, Towards the New _ Diego Terna
The projects presented here face a general period of crisis necessitating a new approach to architecture, incorporating ancient materials and building systems, revised through new technologies.
There is an old saying by Confucius. “Review the old and learn the new”.
Following the Mongolian Yurt, constructed through a flexible system of profiles made of wood, or the projects by Buckminster Fuller, who experimented with wood’s structural limits to form geodesic domes, the buildings here analyzed seek to surpass the limits of the structural crisis by proposing a new economy: an economic system derived through ecology, dry mounting, and the use of recycled and recyclable materials.
Wood, one of the oldest architectural materials, here becomes a characteristic feature of an advanced world that uses innovative technologies to give impetus to a depressed architecture, allowing it to envision the future with greater enthusiasm.