This architectural installation is a balloon-frame timber structure that comprises all the essential spaces for habitation, including a living room, transitional space and circulation areas. The project, located next to SANAA's iconic Rolex Learning Center, brings together an international group of students, researchers, scientists, and doctoral candidates from the from the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), led by the Director Dieter Dietz. The project was created with the goal of challenging what we know about architecture, and exploring new ways to design the spaces we inhabit.
The structure was built during a 5-day workshop, involving over 200 students who worked under the guidance of 12 studio directors and the wood engineer Rémy Meylan. Meant to unfold as a series of successive spaces, the structure aims to “invoke questions, contains possibilities, and is open for interpretation.
The project was a collaboration meant to challenge the designers to think outside of the architecture box, and helped the students explore how design could take place not from the top down, but as a mutual effort. The space acts as a sort of “genetic code” for future construction concepts.
One of the main topics explored through the project is the feasibility of architectural design that brings forth a multilayered discourse on space, culture, and ideas. The project has been recently completed and is open to visitors on the EPFL campus in Lausanne.
Lead photo by Aloys Mutzenberg