SHINKENCHIKU Competition
with Andrea Giordani, Jean-Benoit Vetillard


Hejduk vs. Linnaeus
The Four Square House design problem induces us to abstract the architectural language in search of its “profound” syntactic structures.
In doing this we will probably loose the symbolic value of its archetypical form. Is it possible to try a synthesis between these two opposite poles?
A static notion of typology is abandoned in favour of an evolutive idea. The variation of each character /parameter (roof inclination, density, orientation, presence of a greenhouse, construction materials), affects the entire block layout.

 

This parametric approach to the design problem leads to a population of results.

 

 

Every possible choice then becomes not the truth, but simply a hypothesis about a certain society and its own inhabited structures – subject to change and modification as new evidence is found.


Garden City vs. 3D Landscape
Very few places in the world can afford a Garden City today. The scarsity of soil suffered by the major conurbations impose us to think about different models of combining nature and technique.



Our ideal Garden City is vertical, in fact three-dimensional.
It grows according to simple principles: stacking, translation, upsetting.
It represents a more evolute level of density accumulation. With the growth in height, the typological complexity increases and the modes of aggregation of units change. Proximity relations are articulated on multiple levels.

Every two floors, “internal streets” host neighbourhood life. Air and natural light circulate in all directions through this porous structure.
The vegetation invades roofs, terraces, greenhouses.