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OS > stage by Lukas Wegwerth for LUMA Arles

on 2016-07-12 16:46
13x5x4m OS stage by Lukas Wegwerth,
commissioned by the LUMA foundation in Arles, France.

pictures by Lukas Wegwerth

OS > Autarkytecture

on 2013-12-10 18:30

Autarkytecture further explores the OpenStructures model on an architectural level.

Project introduction:

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
Thomas Lommée & Christiane Hoegner

Commissioned by Z33,
Hasselt 2013

The Sketchup file of the model can be downloaded here.

Some further explorations by Maud Bausier.

OS > Scaffolding by Lukas Wegwerth

on 2013-05-04 08:35

'We liked the functions and potential of scaffolding. 
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 parts. 

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.

OS scaffolding is a design proposal of Lukas Wegwerth in collaboration with Thomas Lommée and Christiane Hoegner. It has been developed as the second OS apprenticeship project at the OS work_shop in Brussels. (the first OS apprenticeship project being the OS WaterBoiler by Jesse Howard)

various construction knots

Visualization of how parts relate to the OS grid.

First concept sketch by Lukas Wegwerth.

OS > tree structures

on 2011-06-19 18:20
A proposal for temporarly wooden structure to host an art festival somewhere in the woods by Thomas Lommée & Christiane Hoegner.

OS > construction knot 2.0 by Brussels Cooperation

on 2011-03-04 15:21
version 2 of Brussels Cooperation's OS construction knot.