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Vertical City

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Vertical City 

Margherita Borroni, Marco Gambarè, Martina Lamperti

Interview:

Who influences you graphically?

 Dogma, Salottobuono.net and Tom Haugomat.

You mainly explore your project through axonometric and perspectival views; to what extent do you trust that these geometric forms of representation successfully convey the establishing of a relationship between your project and the city of Milan? 

The aim of the project is to communicate the space, as such we felt that both the axonometric and perspective geometric means were the best in representing all three dimensions simultaneously in a single drawing.

In the axonometric view, in particular, everything is clear, clean and in the same light. The decision to decompose the building and its components reflects the fragmented nature of the surrounding context and, at the same time, it is a useful and effective way of showing the interior development of the building.

Why the juxtaposition of colour and of no colour to explore your proposal in your geometric representations?

The use of the same palette of colors helps to connect all drawings and to identify the project. However within the perspective view we felt that the use of colours, for the context, when juxtaposed to the white of the tower would help to draw focus to the tower. The colours instead become the subject in the axonometric views where they are used to make elements with the same character, of the same “layer”, recognisable.

How dose the use of one person per view reinforce or deny the idea of life developing within the building?

The intent was not to impose the view of any specific activity onto the observer, but to on the other hand show how one use and one use only can allow him to imagine other environments. Environments, which are not offered as an alternative but can, occur simultaneously.

What importance does the materiality of the wood hold within the project? 

The wood is used for all the boxes, ie small customizable rooms. These boxes are temporary cases that can be easily replaced, moved, and aggregated. The wood characterizes those flexible spaces, which can be modified, but that tend to maintain however a warm and domestic atmosphere.

Project Description:

The aim of Vertical City is to establish a relationship with the surrounding context. The increasing levels give birth to a multitude of viewpoints towards the city of Milan whilst providing the opportunity to discover diverse landscapes. The low-cost hotel, which is made up of different volumes, reflects the fragmented nature of the outskirts of Milan. These not only consist of both parks and fields and, but also encompass the nodal points of the metropolitan area. The project encloses a sort of modern architectural promenade represented by a cylindrical element. The latter runs throughout the entire tower and is the core around which, the life of the hotel develops, metaphorically realizing Lefebvre’s idea of a vertical city built by its users and their social interactions.

 The rooms’ floors consist mainly in open spaces where temporary modules made by wood are aggregated in different ways; separable elements come together in order to obtain more flexibility.

Margherita, Marco and Martina are currently completing their 1st year of Master’s Degree in Architettura delle Costruzioni at the Politecnico University of Milan.

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