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Patrik Schumacher Studio
Assistant: Christos Passas

Gerry Cruz (Mexico)
Spyridon Kaprinis (Greece)
Natalie Popik (Kazakhstan/USA)
Maria Tsironi (Greece)

Autogenous Reticulations

The aim of the project is to critically evaluate and rigorously reinterpret basic rules from the structural and constructional logic of a Gothic tectonic system by the application of contemporary parametric tools and techniques. In order to create a series of autogenous interiorities, this proto-geometric medieval system is perceived as one of force transmission and pure construction. The research design process commenced from basic parametric experimentations, which were based on a use of the rib as a prototypical architectural element. Further experimentation with the concepts of the parameterisation of the Gothic vault bay, field component organisations and globally affected field and mesh geometries, as well as coloration-induced structural patterns from the current system deployment tactics. The kaleidoscopic effect of the Gothic window panels became the inspiration for the application of colour, which was used as the main generator of an autogenously and parametrically evolving parabolic vault bay system. This generator led to the creation of an urban hub, featuring filigree interiorities of multi-layered complexity and richness, articulation and differentiation. These are generated in-situ in Vienna and constructed according to contemporary prototypical design and fabrication protocols.