9/24/2011

MORPHotel by Gianluca Santosuosso, Blob Museum of Architecture by Yuliyan Mikov and Wine Museum by DRA&U

The most that we can say, recent architectural reseach are led by a tendency for mathematics, parametric modelling and scripting, form-finding tools. Here is three projects that I found very illustrative of this tendency: MORPHotel by Gianluca Santosuosso,  Blob Museum of Architecture by Yuliyan Mikov, and Wine Museum by DRA&U. Besides this remark, I noted some ineresting similarities.
Gianluca Santosuosso's proposal, MORPHotel, was conceived during the MAA Self Sufficient Building Development Studio directed by Willy Müller.
Yuliyan Mikov, a Bulgarian artist and designer, designed a proposal for the Museum of Architecture. Unfortunately I do not have any information on which city, and country this proposal is made for.
DRA&U's proposal is designed for the Wine Museum Competition launched by the city of Cerro Cristobal, north of Santiago.



MORPHotel © Gianluca Santosuosso
Each project has of course, its own history, objective, personality, and background. But aesthetically, I notice some possible similarities between these projects.
Blob Museum of Architecture © Yuliyan Mikov
First, these projects seek to adress this demand for adaptivity to the environment. They are developed by means of permeable, adaptive, responsive scenarios. To a certain extent, they are what we can call "responsible building typologies".
Wine Museum © DRA&U
Then, the aim of all these proposals looks similar, to a certain extent: they seem to be motivated by the desire of breaking away the separation between interior volumes, exterior volumes and the existing site.
MORPHotel © Gianluca Santosuosso
Interestingly, I noted some similarities in the treatment of the outer skin, particular the openings that the openings that cover entirely the surface of the skin, all rounded in form.
Blob Museum of Architecture © Yuliyan Mikov
Another aspect, yet concerning only both Santosuosso and Yuliyan Mikov's buildings, is the form of both, respectively, MORPHotel and Blob Museum of Architecture.
Wine Museum © DRA&U
Santosuosso's MORPHotel, first, consists of the assemblage of habitable units, with various size, capable of navigating on the seas thanks to floating systems.
MORPHotel © Gianluca Santosuosso
Some similarities can also be drawn with Yuliyan Mikov's Blob Museum of Architecture's shape. This building is, according to the artist, a "lofty" structure "supported by pillars and a core of vertical communication".
Yuliyan Mikov's building could act, all well-considered, as an unit for Gianluca Santosuosso's MORPHotel.
Blob Museum of Architecture © Yuliyan Mikov

Yuliyan Mikov's Blob Museum of Architecture and DRA&U's Wine Museum share this same objective of redefining the model of the classical museum, not the museum itself, but the building typology. Not only in terms of form — as mentioned above, based on algorithm growth, and so forth — but also as the idea of museum space, the articulation of the interior spaces. Blob Museum of Architecture is the result of an aggregation of organic volumes which goal is to create a responsive structure — if not to say "versatile" to say with the architect Yuliyan Mikov, that will house the interior spaces.
Blob Museum of Architecture © Yuliyan Mikov

As for the Wine Museum, DRA&U opts for a vertical organisational tower that will then shift into exhibition spaces. The idea of vertical museum is of course not new, but the difference, here, is the verticality of this museum is made to blend into the existing site of Cerro San Cristobal, in the North of Santiago.
Wine Museum — Plan © DRA&U

The building's shape, circular in form, — as well as its outer skin — is driven by internal organisational issues, which served as tools. As a result, the tower looks like an anamorphic sculpture — let's say a totem — that emerges out its site.
Wine Museum © DRA&U

While horizontally produced, Yuliyan Mikov's design reveals a seek for a new museum typology that can be both performative and artistic, itself. The museum will not act as a simple building but as art on its own.
Blob Museum of Architecture © Yuliyan Mikov


Source: eVolo, Gianluca Santosuosso, DRA&U


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