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So Proto

Theodore Spyropoulos Studio

Students
Miguel Miranda (Puerto Rico)
Said Fahim Mohammadi (Germany),
Katharina Penner (Germany)
Yifan Zhang (China)

Project
Rock N’ Roll Architecture

Our architectural intention is to challenge the idea of the ground as being solid. The research aimed for the creation of a soft-body architecture – architecture designed to challenge the notion of rigidity and motionlessness. In defining soft as the in-between line, linking static and dynamic, solid and liquid, it is the constant shifting of this line that a soft-body is found. An important characteristic of a soft architecture is the creation of a inhabitable space capable of ‘moving‘, merging and combining – as a first step towards creating a larger life-like organisation with the capacity to structure a flexible space that adapts over time to environmental changes. The property of ‘softness‘ is interpreted and controlled through material distribution and circulation, energy flow network, transition between solid and liquid, correspondent elements and the opportunity of inverting negative aspects of movement into positive features in architectural design. Through both material distribution and geometrical setup the intention is to achieve a time-based, reconfigurable architecture. Soft-body architecture exists to provide a life-like organism, a body capable of absorbing, adjusting and reconfiguring itself to a condition without losing its internal equilibrium – an ecology, unstable and stable, capable of containing the everyday changes in human nature and life.