During the first project MEASURES we were led to reflect on the issue of density and the interplay of public versus private spaces in a city. We conducted a site analysis of Lausanne-Flon to establish information on density based on our measurements and observations. We then superimposed the Toni Areal (University building in Zurich) on the site in order to explore the contrast in density that was hereby created. Our concept merges the two cities and at the same time exposes their public and private qualities.
Public spaces on street level are designed as void spaces. The external wall was kept to give the height information of the Lausanne buildings.
The two public spaces facing each other
Casting mold for the Toni Areal
Plan and section with measurement and plaster information
Perspective: Rue Maubourget (1:132 and 1:264) Perspective: Lyon Kebab (1:132)
Monge of facade (1:66)
First plaster models: Toni Areal superimposed on Lausanne buildings, casting mold for Toni Areal, negative of protruding roof
First plaster for the Toni Areal with on our plan and section Plaster on plan and section
_Sketches and Site analysis
An element that intrigued us, was the way shapes and volumes can modify our perception of space: Looking inside an arcade opens up a private, almost mysterious space, while looking through it frames the outside world, like a framed painting.
Other elements we discovered include reflections (shop windows), nature & vegetation, flow of people and traffic, different perspectives of space etc.
We used “Thales’ Theorem” to measure the heights of the buildings and used steps (one step = approx. one meter) to measure the width of streets, buildings and columns.
Instead of measuring the slopes of streets, we compared the time it took people to walk down or up a steep street.
Thales Theorem Slope experiment