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Patrik Schumacher Studio
Assistant: Pierandrea Angius

Students
Xuexin Duan (China)
Vahid Eshraghi (Iran)
Jie Shen (China)
Wei You (China)

Project
Design Me

In an opportunity to design a new, coherent system of signification that adapts to, and intervenes within the semiological systems of the built environment, a new artificial architectural language is needed that does not rely on the familiar codes found in the existing built environments. Such a system demands an architectural language grounded on the fundamentals of semiology. This project’s proto-system simulates the existing social behaviours of the site. This results in a pattern of occupied territories within the site, demonstrating path networks and the density of occupation. The obtained data is later used for the placement and orientation of buildings. On the global scale, architectural forms are generated to maintain multiple readings by temporarily being clustered. Such possibilities maintain flexibility in the interior organisation and size of space. In the interior scale, the organisation is semiologically encoded through gestalt grouping principles and furniture configurations. Gestalt principles perceptually decompose the space to define the interior organisation while the furniture configuration amplifies this perception while characterising the spaces as events, which become possible through ‘gestalt switches’ made by different light condition and furniture movement and transformation.