Intermediate 1 Space Popular (Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg), Visualisation for Kazimierzowsky Rebound

Tools for Architecture: Visceral Interfaces

Lara Lesmes, Fredrik Hellberg

Our current unwillingness to objectively describe spatial qualities means that we are usually left mystified by the discussion around the aesthetics, atmosphere and users' experience of our buildings. Yet these seemingly intangible qualities have a place as legitimate functions of architecture. For its inaugural year, then, Intermediate 1 - Tools for Architecture - will explore design methods in which the psychology of spatial perception generates architecture. The unit's aim is to work towards a new vocabulary of spatial perception that is applicable to both physical and virtual inhabitation.

What lies within the thickening section of contemporary buildings is not a meaningless void but a fascinating world of increasing complexity that is ultimately responsible for the qualities of space. While the resolution of a building's air conditioning system, insulation or digital infrastructure is usually left to consultants, not architects, Intermediate 1 looks into these lesser- known realms to see how the content of the walls impacts our reaction to a building. Focusing on these building systems - as opposed to the buildings themselves - we will question current conventions such as drywalls, false ceilings, raised floors or curtain walls and propose new practices that deliver specific human experiences while being able to adapt to serve different functions.

Using immersive digital simulations, we will describe the unique atmospheric conditions and psychological effects that our systems will produce. These will serve as blueprints for a project that develops from the inside out; our narratives for emotion and perception through space will translate into geometry and architectural elements. Large-scale prototypes will bring focus to the projects' architectural resolution while digital tools will frame the geometric and scale limits of the building system. Ultimately, virtual reproductions of a number of scenarios will allow us to speculate on the possible applications and consequences of our projects. With an open agenda towards type, site and programme, we move from designing singular products to planning for versatile systems: Tools for Architecture.

Staff

Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg are AA graduates and the founders of SpacePopular. com. They both spent the past five years in Bangkok as adjunct professors and coordinators at INDA (cuinda.com) while setting up their practice through speculative research and built projects ranging from furniture pieces and immersive interiors to medium-scale buildings and large structures.

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