on 2013-12-10 18:30
Autarkytecture further explores the OpenStructures
model on an architectural level.
Instead of trying to anticipate the
perfect building for a specific moment in time, the Autarkytecture
project proposes flexible constructions that can adapt over time.
The project calls for a built environment that is no longer the
product of radical architectural theory, but one that rather builds
on preceding architectural practices. Successful patterns of the
past were explored and translated into guiding design principles
for the future. Important inspirational books in this process were
‘A Pattern Language’ by Christopher Alexander and
‘How Buildings Learn’ by Stewart Brand.
This research is about shifting our attention from the timely
towards the timeless, from how buildings look towards how they
feel. It aspires to integrate the aspect of time into design and
architecture and to create a built environment that can and may
change, that ages gracefully and just feels right. Moreover, the
flexible constructions allow for a variety of overlapping functions
– such as living and working – creating, in this way,
an alternative and hybrid living environment.
Design proposal by
& Christiane Hoegner
The Sketchup file of the model can be
Some further explorations by Maud Bausier.
on 2013-05-04 08:35
'We liked the functions and potential of
So we adopted, expanded and made them open!'
Scaffolding systems are specialized, enclosed and consistent.
In comparison OS Scaffold is open and ragtag. Basic elements are
pipes, connector knots and endpieces.
Pipes can be any material and become customized with different
endpieces. Connector knots can be added all along the pipes and
again be quickly customized by exchanging its stackable
Appearance and specification can vary from heavy duty steel
construction to light wood and fabric structures. Quick setup,
growing range of compatible elements and the possible use and reuse
of different materials leads to a highly customizable system.
Beyond temporary structures we also see potential for a
gradual developing architecture, which grows over longer periods
from temporary to permanent, always driven by the needs and dreams
and ideas of the inhabitants
The project is ongoing. Currently we are working on the
realization of a first experimental setup existing of communal
space and workshop on the ground floor and a terrace and tent-like
structures as private spaces on first floor.
various construction knots
Visualization of how parts relate to
the OS grid.
First concept sketch by Lukas Wegwerth