This Design Unit, titled “Design Methods | Intensifying Blocks”, is organized with the aim to develop in the students the ability to formulate precise design intentions and to target them to the solution of a given architectural problem, without losing consistency during the process – from analysis to conception to detail, through all representational phases.
The course tries to achieve this through a series of research and design tasks that investigate critically the work of a selected group of well-known international architects. Every group of students is invited to choose an architectural firm and understand its work as deeply as possible, to the extent of actually “interpreting” the selected architect while challenging the given architectural problem.
The site for the design task has been chosen among Torino’s most usual and generic areas – a housing block out of the city center, but not far from it. It needs both new buildings and the transformation and retrofitting of existing ones.
The project references architect Zaha Hadid and her method of working which represents an idea of freedom and escape outside outside the box, through the the use of fluid lines and geometric shapes that nobody is able to emulate.
“Flows’s House” is not a simple apartment building but originates from the idea in which movement, flows, sinuous lines and connection coexist with context; and it’s from the relationship with context that the project starts to develop. The proposal draws inspiration from the study of vehicular and pedestrian currents present in the area, into a structure which is born out of the continuous movement on site.
The residence consists of four volumes that intertwine and intersect with the existing building to create varying heights and elements of contrast between full and empty spaces. The facades are simplified to give more importance to the intervention whilst the existing building is refurbished with HPL panels, a ventilated facade that improves the building from both an aesthetic and technological perspective.
With this operation, the classic block of Turin is intensified, opened and crossed by the city.