Austrian Pavilion – Venice Architecture Biennale 2010
Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG, Zürich
Eric Owen Moss
Mitsuhiro Kanada, Arup
Grüne Modellbau, Wolfratshausen
This model offers a snapshot of an ongoing investigation in our professional and academic work. We are interested in structures and geometries that are based on rules, algorithms and logic. Yet, these structures should also be organic, adaptable to local conditions, and generative of differentiated spaces.
The structure is based on a hexagonal grid that can be continued indefinitely. According to programmatic, functional, or spatial needs, the grid can be adapted flexibly and provide large or small, narrow or wide spaces. Openings and courtyards provide light and allow for cells filled with green. Each module has three points of support in the form of ribbon columns. One side of the ribbon always sits on a module node. In turn, the other travels around the node, making the column dance. Twisting and turning in different directions, the columns provide stiffness on all sides. The model illustrates an idea of space as limitless, expandable, adaptable and therefore universal, but also local, specific, and differentiated.