Manifesto Frederik Vorting RandsĂ¸
3-5 Story of the Gehry residence and video
6-8 Bipolar disorder and micro architecture
9-15 Elli architects and House of Would
16-30 The new story of House of Would
THE FRANK GEHRY RESIDENCE
Frank Gehryâ€™s house in Santa Monica, California, is a bold and house for that time and quickly became a symbol of deconstructivism. His wife bought an existing house But with the intentions to make it into something new. Frank Gehry actually did keep the existing house almost completely intact, but not in a conventional manner. The Dutch colonnial home was left intact and the new house was built around it. The mantra of this house was to keep the original house, but to add a new story to the house without chaging itâ€™s past. The result was a house with a loud contemporary style that stood up to the neighborhoods rather boring missionary-style. People in the area hated the house but it did not change the fact that the house was, and still is a statement of rewriting architecture into something better. This was for my group the perfect house to start this semester with, since what we would be doing later this semester, was the exact same thing, but with different obstacles and aims.
THE FRANK GEHRY RESIDENCE
The entrance is barely discernible amidst the jutting angles of the exterior, which Gehry created from wood, glass, aluminum, and chain-link fencing. The apex of the old house peeks out from within this mix of materials, giving the impression that the house is consistently under construction.
In the early 90â€™s the house undercame an expansion due to family growth which involved two kids. Gehry maintained the same style of the house, allowing the original design to determine that of the addition, the house went through significant changes. The residence became much more "finished". Eventhough the house is not build from scratch by Gehry it is still a classic among California's architectural works.
"I loved the idea of leaving the house intact... I came up with the idea of building the new house around it. We were told there were ghosts in the house... I decided they were ghosts of Cubism. The windows... I wanted to make them look like they were crawling out of this thing. At night, because this glass is tipped it mirrors the light in... So when you're sitting at this table you see all these cars going by, you see the moon in the wrong place... the moon is over there but it reflects here... and you think it's up there and you don't know where the hell you are..." - Frank Gehry 4
The video I created was about the little things in architecture, and how architecture is different for everybody. Some people are almost religious about it and think it and change the world, and others think of architecture as 4 walls and a roof.
I tried to show this by doing a POV-style video where I show different spaces but in the same way. The video contains a series of shots from the sky and down to my feet and from my feet to the sky. It is very simple and is leaving everything up to the viewer in terms of interpretation. The same way I feel about architecture.
BIPOLAR DISORDER AND MICRO ARCHITECTURE Hypomania in the bipolar disorder is a mood state when person is extremely energetic, talkative and really creative. It’s the time when many authors write like 100 pages of book in two days or artist creates their masterpieces. There are many biological symptoms that appears when person feels down or gets really happy and energetic. As well, there are many biological incentives which can put you in better mood. These scheme represents how human body reacts to different emotions. Yellow color indicates the areas that felt the most stimulated during different feelings. The blue ones highlight areas that felt disactivated. This can work also the otherwise: the different impulses on your body can cause some feelings. Like a hug which relaxes you, relieves depression, balance nervous system. On the other hand, creating the feeling of numbness in different part of body can lead to aggravation. By direct-current stimulation you can elicit different feelings. Same thing is with the body temperature. Nowadays, the body-warming method is used in treatment of depression. First thing, depression conditions are always connected with higher body temperature and incapacity to regulate it. But paradoxically heating the skin activates serotonin nuclei that produce an antidepressant effect and turn on the body's 'air conditioning system’. There are some studies showing also relation of body temperature and cognitive performance. Two groups of people were compared and person with internal body temperature 0.3C degrees higher than usual had better results than the ones with regular body temperature. With the temperature other thing is connected. Is a fact that, the best mental productivity is when the temperaturę in the room is like 72-73 fahrenheit degrees. 5 degrees more or less can lower the productivity up to 15%. Studies has also found a relations between amount of lightning people get and their mood. That’s way for example Finland or Sweden are the country with the highest number of suicide per total number of citizens in the world. It can also be easily seen in our lives, when every year we have some kind of small autumn/winter depression. And the light is also used in proces of treating a depression. Other tests showed that blue-enriched lightning has a positive impact on cognitive performance. You can count faster, mesmerize better, have faster reaction etc. etc. Moreover researches showed that safe levels of electrical stimulation can enhance your capacity to think more creatively. It's all about frontpolar cortex, which stimulation boosts the creative process in your head. Transcranial direct-current stimulation is also used in US Army, where drone pilot thanks to the technology can stay fresh for longer time. And of course there is classical music, which has already been recognized many times as a creativity booster. With this knowledge we designed a suit form, which thanks to the technology and cognitive knowledge can boost your creativity and your mental endurance, which are the brightest elements of bipolar disorder We designed a suit, which person can put on. It is built of aluminium frame and soft material like for example wool fibers. In extended version its is packed with thermometer, heating wires, electrodes, LED lights and controller.
The best feeling is when a person escapes from depression and start feeling better. Our suit helps to end feeling down. First, it heats your skin, regulates serotonin production, lamps start to shine with gentle white light, other parts of body are being stimulated. Internal shape of our suit is also designed to be comfy at most and to provide the proper body position to regulate breath, blood flow and release body tensions. 6
MICRO ARCHITECTURE WORK IN PROSCESS THE CREATIVITY BOOSTER
The final result was a suit build with heat wires from a heating blanket and with LED light in the hood and on the torso. Although the suit was fully functional and met the basic criteria that we set up before doing the micro architecture project it needed a lot of improvement in order to be out into actual everyday use by someone with bipolar disorder. The most important thing with this part of the semester for me was to expand my way of thinking towards the a neurological disease. That there actually is improvements to be done, not only in architecture but also in the way that we consider the person with the disorder. That it is the little things that sometimes helps tipping the condition for better or worse. A slight change in temperature, colour or climate can stimulate the brain and body in order to comfort the person wellbeing.
Elii is an architectural firm specialised in design and construction management of architecture projects. The firm was founded by Uriel FoguĂŠ Herreros, Eva Gil Lopesino and Carlos Palacios Rodriguez in 2006 and it is based in the center of Madrid Elli mainly deals with Infrastructures, Urban Development, Public Spaces, Individual and Collective
Architecture and Design of Museum Exhibitions and collaboration with artists
House Of Would
The house of would is a wooden house in the Pedrezuela 45 km north of Madrid. The house is made mainly constructed of wood, as the name suggest. The building is made up of seven glue laminated wood modules symmetrically identical surrounding a central court. Each module is dedicated to a different domestic situation, according to its functional needs. The modular structure, as well as the scale of the rooms allows the alteration of this functional logic, serving as a support for possible future layouts.
The construction time was very short for this house only around 14 days. This type of construction using prefabricated wood elements is not very common in Spain but is seen more in northern Europe. This manner of construction is very efficient when doing single family house in wood and offers a LEAN construction with a minimal of waste and high efficiency on site since it is modular and there for has a limited need of differents construction workers.
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Writing a new story So with our newly acquired understanding of bipolar disorder and House Of Would the next task was to make these to meet in a new house so to speak. How do you redesign a house and maybe even improve it for a person with severe mood swings spanning from hypomania to a hardcore depression. The initial idea was to change the dynamic of house. In the original house the master bedroom is in the end or the bottom of the house. We wanted to change that and make the dynamic circular instead of spiral.
The next initial was to present the bipolar person with choices that would challenge the person to get out of bed in times with depressions and stimulate the need to be active and creative in times of hypomania. The idea here was to add a studio on top of the master bedroom, that is connected to the patio next to the living room. By that you crerate and circular dynamic and create a space for creativity. Another idea was to add a water heater that burns wood. This would create a daily need of maintaining the heater but also a periodic need of producing the firewood from timber. This idea did not last since it would simply not be sustainable in spain to have a wooden heater because of the climate and the generel prices of wood.
Insted we wanted to add a indoor garden that would require daily nursing and maintenance in order blossom and be useful. This garden would be situated in on the way from the bedroom to the rest of the house and by that being one of the first thing you would see when getting out of bed. Also a vegetable garden in the courtyard and with A yearly use is added and lights that will stimulate the mind designed with the ideas from the micro architecture
Initial work showing the first design of the studio
Indoor and outdoor garden plan with variating vegetables for the different season
Floor plan with light to stimulate the mind and senses
Kids room. By adding separation walls the room gets multiple uses and becomes diverse for the different mood swings that might appear for the bipolar person.
The studio platform A 3d drawing showing how the stiarcase, bookcase and upstairs studio becomes mix of function, furniture and floor division
Elevation showing the addition of the studio
Section showing the indoor garden
For me this semester has been very challenging. I am not an architect and I never will be. Thatâ€™s ok. I do not see myself as an artist and I donâ€™t want to express my future work with buildings as art. I think that many people need to take a step back and look at architecture for what it really is. 4 walls and a roof. I am by nature not very artistic and I have don't have a story to tell through my work with buildings. I enjoy functionality. I DO enjoy when a building becomes more than 4 walls and a roof. When form meets function in a extravagant way so it becomes art. I have learned that good architecture is very rare and therefore there is a lack of it in general. I enjoy the process of putting parts together and thereby creating a house. I have learned a lot of things through this course about how to look upon a building and read between the lines of it. I must admit that even though I did not enjoy many of the task during the semester I have learned a lot. Probably more than I thought I would, and certainly in a very different way.
http://www.archdaily.com/362554/light-matters-louis-kahn-and-thepower-of-shadow http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/08/29/can-weather-affe ct-your-mood/