A Tale Of Two Houses
David FLorez & Adria Carbonell (2017 ‐ Ku Leuven ‐ International master in Architecture)
The project was developed within the framework “Promiscuous Assemblages” and it explores the topic of Human territory. The aim of the research was to use the concept territory as a tool for understanding the build environment and as a foundation to intervene the post-industrial site of Lövholmen in Stockholm, Sweden. The research culminated with two architectural interventions that seek to challenge the way contemporary housing is conceive today.
The following are a series of selected documents presented in the master dissertation that summarize the architectural interventions. The project is composed by the “Silo Housing” and the “Glass Housing”. The former is an adaptive reuse project that uses the potential that the existing concrete silos present in the site. The “Glass House “ is an addition that reacts to the existing silo housing by contrasting in terms of geometry, tectonics. and approach towards territory.
Who influences you graphically?
There were various influences on the development of the project. During early stages I developed several “small multiples”, which are a series of explorative drawings that were heavily influenced by Archizoom´s Non Stop City and Junya Ishigami`s “Unit Study Detail” for the KAIT workshop.
The graphic style of the architectural drawings was influenced by the way a graphic novel is crafted. I find graphic novels to be presented in a very architectural way, having a sheet divided in a series of frames containing space, atmosphere and different situations that tell a story. Moreover, the negative space in between plays an important role in the composition of the sheet and it gives an almost tectonic look to it.
What is your take on colour?
I believe that color is used to emphasize different elements and that a certain color pallet can give a particular mood to the drawings. However, I personally avoid the use of color in my graphic style because I believe that sometimes it takes from other qualities that are dominant when working in black and white. I am speaking about texture, light and shadow, scale and tectonics, elements that I find to be the in a way the very essence of architecture.
What was your work process in terms of project development and images/drawing production? How did you work from the concept to the explorative etc?.
The conceptual idea of the project was developed hand in hand with the drawings themselves. Thus, each stage of the development of the project has its own set of drawings.
The very early drawings came to be abstract collages that in a way took what was essential from the theoretical research and present it through graphic means. But that is not all, they also needed to state a position that would be further developed in the next stages.
During the explorative stage the drawings became more precise, however they were still presented as an abstract series of “small multiples” which aim was to explore and exhaust different possibilities.
I consider the final drawings to be a story board, where different ideas were still tested and were the viewer was able to get a clue of how I think. The goal was to be able to communicate a great deal of what the project was about trough one single image, thus the final drawings are the evolution of all the previous stages.
What programs did you use?
I have a workflow includes Rhino, Illustrator, Photoshop and a Wacom tablet for digital hand drawing.
Where you position yourself in relation to the threshold between art and architecture?
I would say that fundamentally architecture is not art, however, art is a tool used to navigate within the abstract realm of architecture. Thus, it comes without saying that art is present during the architectural process.
David was Born in Bogota Colombia. In 2007 he started studying Civil Engineering at the “Universidad de Los Andes” in Bogota. During that time he developed a passion for architecture and in 2011 David decided to leave Colombia and moved to Vilnius, Lithuania where he studied architecture at VGTU (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University).
In the following years David participated in the Erasmus program and studied one semester at the “Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla” in Spain. In 2014 he did a short internship with Berlin based Architect Zvi Hecker. The next year David obtained his bachelor degree and Moved to Ghent, Belgium, where i completed the international master program at KU Leuven. David is Currently doing an internship with Vienna based Architects Heri&Salli.
David believes that it is essential for architects to see and travel the world, this has been his motivation and that is why he has been moving around during the last years, because as Jacques Cousteau said once, “We must go and see for ourselves”. During his trips, David has developed a passion for photography as well. If you are interested you can check his blog here: