CREATURES || ROTTERDAM
Design Proposal for the Marconi Towers
For the revitalization of the Rotterdam-West Area a design proposal was made, reassigning functions to the existing Marconi Towers.
Inquiries were made in the viability of implementing parametric design methods in transforming the current buildings into sustainable 24h-cycle ecologies whilst dealing with the social segregation present in the area.
Since the vacancy of office buildings has been a steady topic of discussion in the Netherlands in recent years, this issue was metaphorically in the design, proposing to treat the current building as ruins, occupied by a swarm of creatures that group themselves according to necessary functionality.
AGGLOMERATE COMPONENT DESIGN
dXY's || Investigating Interactive Architectural Structures to Promote Integration
Exploring the possibilities of adopting the use of Minimal Surfaces to shape the spatial outcome of the available building volume and to facilitate adaptability, in this case the minimal surface theory was interpreted as lofts between certain lines, in which the lofts try to contract in as small as possible surfaces. This tenet forms the point of departure for the creatures designed to populate the ruin.
COMPONENT: THE CREATURES
The creatures , named dXYs, are equipped with individual propulsion mechanisms, enabling them to move independently from the swarm, but can connect to each other as well, by holding hands if you will, where after they can be regarded to function as one organism with new capacities.
Herein their skeleton structure of limbs represent the genotype of potential space that can be manipulated to set the phenotypical formation of space.
MIXED FUNCTIONS FOR INTEGRATION
Striving to advance social and cultural integration in the Rotterdam-West area, the programs selected for the project consist of a continuous market, a restaurant, kitchen-share and homeless shelter, where it was opted to articulate the expression of the four programmatic functions to represent different degrees of consumerism, finding shared values to unify as a producer society, represented by the different stages of processing spices. For example, empowerment of the homeless would in turn enable them to contribute back to society by working at the market during the day and ethnic tensions could be relieved by cooking together.
UNIFICATION, NOT POLARISATION
By not visualising the integration of groups as a unified totality, but by differentiating expression through a common denominator, we aimed to address the issue of ethnic and social segregation present in the area by tackling thinking patterns that assume differences between of people should result in polarised hierarchic positioning of groups subordinately. Equality does not have to imply generalisation without individual identity, but rather we could embrace the notion that differences can exist in a coordinate and symbiotic manner.
Thank you kindly for your interest. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or ideas. Yours Truly, Jacqueline Huang
The Hague, The Netherlands