Rather then a final solid product, Grid Study focuses on the process of creating specificity out of something totally generic, such as a simple grid. This exercise emphasizes the potentials of converting and adapting existing structures in our world aiming to achieve something specific, such as a new use for certain space, or the complete shift of an existing space around us. The goal was not to achieve a final “result” as a final building or architectural built form, but something that could grow and change over time.
The process is composed basically by nine simple steps, that ofcourse could be added much more steps or even the opposite, by taking a few steps out. In this case the nine steps were:
A Generic Element: The Grid itself.
Scale (In this case by adding a simple hammer, the scale reduces to a toy-like object, whereas if there was a small human figure, the object could assume an urban scale)
Who influences you graphically?
Graphical aesthetics were an uncharted territory for me until few years ago. By that time, Graphics for me were merely a direct and practical representation of a certain idea without any feeling or intention with it. However, as I began to search for more and more references within the architecture realm, I’ve started to notice that my drawings were almost “dead “in certain ways, with no different atmospheres or intentions. Mostly, they were based on hyper-realistic render that tried to represent our reality without any sense of “intention” or idea behind it. Nevertheless, I found myself influenced more and more by the drawings of Barlett’s students, which in my opinion are great in expressing their deepest and most complex ideas into amazing drawings.
For this project specifically, among Barlett’s student’s drawings, I was also inspired by Peter Eisenman’s early works such as the House III (1970) sketches. They share a great complexity within a grid system.
What prompted the project?
This academic project was actually an exercise to explore the potentials of giving specificity to something generic as a grid, as a tool for another upcoming project, in which the focus will be the transformation of a parking garage (a generic built form) into a more specific space, with new uses and attributes. The focus in the exercise was not the final product or what it represents in the end, but the process itself.
Did you look/analyse into the work of other architects & artists who responded to the grid? How did their work effect your own and you position?
Among Eisenman, I’ve looked into Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s drawings, which deals with a set of strategies within their projects, that are displayed through defined geometries, proportions, and scales. The development of these “set of strategies” helped me to make my own guidelines for this project.
Pezo von Ellrichshausen
How an to what extent do you think that this simple approach and method will effect how you conceive of ‘creating’ architecture at large?
Well, I believe that by creating certain limits / boundaries, or, in this case, rules within a project, it’s a practical tool to achieve a final product, rather then just creating and developing more and more strategies during the different phases of design. In other words, I believe that flexibility in architecture (among many other ways) may be achieved by imputing constrains into it..
What are your main interests within the field of architecture?
I’m interested mostly on how we perceive space and the possibility of change. I believe architecture is a powerful tool to shape (and re-shape) our environment and directly impact on how we experience our daily lives.