A DETAIL that creates a language |
A SYSTEM that creates a space
By Yair Meyuhas
The visitor's perception of space and the environment of a building, a city or nature itself, is meaningful even for those who experience it subconsciously. Often the development of the architectural detail is what creates the main experience- it controls the visual space, the flow of light and air, the size of the variable spaces and so on. These details give the building its uniqueness and to the architect the ability to create a meaningful space.
The 'Grove Park' project deals with the meaning of the 'detail' as an architectural language and explores the possibility of creating holistic structures as in the "Bottom up" concept. Is it actually possible to design a structure backwards? First the detail then space? The heart of this project is the technological research of advanced design and production techniques, side by side with a feasible solution for the 'Grove Park' in TA.
Program | Co-working Space & Innovation Museum
The project utilizes the unauthorized settled areas as part of the regeneration of the park and proposes communal building in order to renew the activity in the park. The proposal is an attraction locally and nationally, as is appropriate to the size and urban importance of the park.
The program focuses on two areas in the high-tech world. Product development and its presentation. Thus the intervention in the park is on three levels- developing a co-work space, exhibiting in the innovative museum and on the center of the park being the incorporating element. The project refers to future housing programs and the existing master plan of 'Aaronson architects' as a given situation.
Co-working space | the North West corner
The project sits on the ruins of the village ‘Abu Kabir’, and corresponds with the historic routes in the area; therefore it is divided into separate structural units with inner patios.
The building program is based on Co-working principles that permits different users to visit and work on site.
The project developed one building unit that includes various work spaces and lecture halls, in addition to commercial areas enabling mixed-use.
In order to reach a uniformed but diverse language, a parametric skin was developed to answer various needs according to the principles of an “open source” - the system is based on parametric modules that are custom made by the users of the space. The design was made with parametric tools and the production with digital cutting machines.
The system consists of two layers enabling airflow in accordance with the ‘Solar chimney’ principle.
In order to introduce natural light into the basement, the inside skin moves away from the wall curling in.
Double Skin Detail
Innovation museum | the South-East corner
Examination of documentation and aerial photographs discovered historical ‘Well Houses’ under the shacks and scrap yards. The preservation of these structures was part of the original planning and were designated to become various showrooms.
The pedestrians movement on site is based on ramps, bridges and underground passages that allow continuity between the different structures without the need for steps and also enable free public movement through the project via the park to the street.
The floor detail development
The curved movement created the need to examine wood bending techniques using digital cutting. Calculating the curvature of the surfaces gave full control over the shape. ‘Mean’ calculates curvature in one direction and ‘Gaussian’ in two directions.
The detail is based on a Truss principle which creates static width allowing the passage of various systems. The shape is obtained by bonding the surfaces for which two types of joints were examined: Rigid which prevents movement and Pin which enables a circular movement.
A Rigid-Rigid joint requires a connection perpendicular to the surface thus creating curved members that weaken the structure. The center pole is perpendicular to the base but changes direction to adapt to the surface.
A Rigid—Pin joint enables straight members but adapts to the curvature of the lower surface, therefore become diagonal. The center pole in a pin joint, is unstable without cables.
A Pin-Pin connector enables perpendicular panels but requires cross cables to obtain stability. The center pole in a triple Pin connector enables an extremely stable structure. This form of poles became the central motif of the structure.
Section A - The old well as an indoors patio, and the connections of the structures underground and above allowing cross public movement.
Section B - The connection to the well house in the center, the double sized spaces in the right structure and the underground auditorium, while every structure has its own staircase and elevator allowing vertical movement
Section C - The office and gallery structure on the right, and a boulevard of shops which is separated from museum traffic on the right
The connecting route | Park Center
In the center of the park we find the remains of the 'Well Houses'. The design refers to the structures as pavilions generating action around them. the main intervention was with a small courtyard 'Well house'. Although the site is abandoned now a days, it is an important link between the work area and the museum complex. The dome structure on site was the basis for developing a new roof and shading for the yard.