The aim of the design is to raise consciousness about implications of being homeless for the persons concerned and their perception in society.
In order to achieve this, the design explores and evokes subjective feelings such as the lack of privacy and the missing of a protective interior, a certain ambiguity between inside and outside with varying degrees of exposure, the perception of a hostile environment leading to an aggressive contextual interface and a limitation of space without the provision of shelter functions to weather conditions.
The project examines the potential of polymer concrete applications and the production of wood/polymer concrete composite materials in the large-scale architectural production. This polymer concrete was cast with laminated wood materials to create structural stiff nodes. The necessary formwork was developed from the node geometry, thus eliminating the operation of the formwork removal. The CNC milled,3-layer spruce timber boards were fixed temporarily with screws, then filled with polymer concrete and thus rigidly connected. The cured polymer concrete/wood node has high structural capabilities, and can withstand both pressure and tensile forces.
Other team members: Andrei Gheorghe, Robert Vierlinger, Jiaxing Lu, Christian Schwarzwimmer, Agnese Trinchera, Anna Sergeeva, Banafsheh Fahimipour, Carina Zabini, Cecilia Sannella, Ceren Yonetim, Adam Sebestyen, Afshin Koupaei, Andrea Carniti, Angelica Lorenzi, Atanas Zhelev, Dennis Schiaroli, Barbara Schickermueller, Eva Blaskova, Florian Smutny, Jiri Vitek, Johanna Joekalda, Julia Karnaukhova, Leah Park, Mathias Stigsen, Miro Straka, Bernd Seidl, Dennis Schiaroli, Fady Haddah, Johanna Jelinek; johannes Cziegler, Kaan Karabagli, Nasim Nabavi, Nicolas Gold, Saba Nabavi, Sophia Keivanio, Sophie Gierlinger, Sven Winkler, Ziwar Al Nouri, Marko Margeta, Katerina Joannides, Maria Korolova, Mary Denman, Niklas Knap, Roman Hajtmanek