Idea Exchange Pavilion
Andreas Angelo Thiis & Vilius Vizgaudis
The project aims to explore how the organisation of a meeting place can be generated through an analysis of social rituals and weather seasons in Danish culture and climate.
The design is organised through algorithm and simulation of fabric tension.
Who influences you graphically?
While making the project we did not hold to some fixed references. Graphics depended largely on the premise and context of the project and emerged from experimentation with different techniques. Danish minimalism, weather, Jante law (unwritten law describing equality among people) were integral parts of the project and it was our goal to emphasise these through the graphics.
What dictated the monochromatic palette? How does it relate to the notion of climate?
Monochromatic palette tends to flatten the different layers in the drawing. As a result, the hierarchy can be controlled and concentrated according to the specific drawing’s focus. In terms of climate, the project is located in Aarhus, Denmark, where strong winds and cloudy skies are common factors that affect every day. A monochromatic palette adds an atmosphere that supports a cold and grey setting.
How does the background effect the way the drawing is perceived?
Again the background lands the project into the grey, cold Danish weather and creates a context specific atmosphere. However, it also makes the drawings being almost carved out of the background rather than projected onto it. This way we could emphasise the soft curvatures of the building.
You explore your proposal through all means of representation, to what extent do you believe that only in this way is it possible to fully convey an idea?
Specifically, in our case, it was necessary to use different representation methods in order to show not only the final result but also the processes behind it. Therefore, a lot of the materials hold information that generated it. For example, the plan keeps traces of the parametric code that helped determine column placement and sizes as well the roof curvature.
However, it is important to edit the materials and cut out unnecessary drawings in order to strengthen how the project is perceived. That is for example why one section of the project stands stronger that if there were many of them (and there can be hundreds when you make a double curved geometry). Moreover, in order to avoid making elevations redundant, we chose to add a layer that explored the notion of climate seasons and this played very well with the overall concept of the project.
Andreas and Vilius completed their undergraduate degree at Architecture School of Aarhus, Denmark. They are currently working at C.F. Møller Architects and Asif Khan Studio respectively.