Fluid Atmospheres

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site plan


The siteplan is a network of interconnected villages, each of them for different functions and having a specific identity. Since the students spend all of their time on campus, we believe that varied environments are needed. They all have in common that rooms organised around a central outdoor space, but each has another character.

The nothern shore is broken up creating islands for the living quarters for the students, the main hall for dining and events is located at the center of the campus, administration and offices make another central node,
while the calmer acadamic part including the library is on the southern shore, which has a clear outline.

From the outside the architecture looks like artificial faceted hills. They are at the same time defninig the small outdoor spaces at the nodes and the big outdoor spaces between them. On the inside the architecture looks dense, very ornamental. Openings are created by intersecting the fluid forms with the faceted exterior. Building systems and furniture are implemented into a complex liquid language.

model pics


mid term

Our project focuses on the interrelationship of three different types of mass and their inherent morphogenetic potential.
We based this exploration on a specific scenario, a story of impact.
A heavy mass, made up of a strong brittle shell enclosing a tough liquid, is shot onto the site, leaving a trace behind. The impact disrupts the ground, causes the shell to brake and the liquid to splash out. Alike the rebound of a water drop prior to its entry, the object bounces off the ground, while the liquid continues to escape through the cracks and spread into the newly shaped landscape, forming paths and outdoor spaces. In this moment the scene is frozen in mid-action and thus, the liquid hardens and turns into architecture. It acts as a dynamic system, organizing itself as necessary. We think of it as a matter in continuous variation: while following basic principles of organization, it morphs heterogeneously into elements of circulation, structure, and interior as needed, creating a fluid connection between figure and ground.
What is more, the matters influence each other, taking on each others behavior. Hence, the liquid looses part of its freeflow and takes on some of the tension and rigidity of the hard solid. The solid becomes in turn more elastic, leading to softer edges at the cracks.
The ground becomes soft and malleable, when in contact with the two matters. The impact leaves a long trace behind and pushes the earth aside into hills. The liquid paths mold their way through the landscape more smoothly, pressing it up in certain places and cause plateaus and outdoor rooms to form. Similarly, smaller splashes merge with the landscape and create follies.
The folly is a moment of rest, inviting the people to halt and observe or leading them off the path into a more isolated environment. These moments are strategically used to create vistas. Through positioning and changes in elevation, the view to the large hall is at parts blocked and gradually revealed as one approaches the building. The paths take on an element of discovery and surprise.

model pics






liquid aesthetic tests


liquid impact diagram


Splash diagram


Study-models: liquid materials with different viscosity: honey, wax, silicon



splash-rebound of a viscoelastic drop




Reading list

UmBau 23: Das Diffuse im Fokus | Focus on Blur

Kari Jormakka: Blur Blur Blur

The Spheres of Peter Sloterdijk
Andreas Leo Findeisen

R&Sie reading Bataille’s “Formless”
Ingrid Böck

Das Entgleiten der Form
Manfred Russo

Manuel De Landa
An Essay in the Philosophy of Matter



Blur generally refers to the appearance of an unfocused image. We are interested in translating this effect to the context of landscape and architecture, by applying various methods such as layering, merging, playing with depth and size, distortions in perception through time or light. The blurring of the object as well as its relationship to the environment can create very strong moods and atmosphere in and outside the architecture.



In a boarding school the interplay between open and intimate spaces is of utmost importance. There is the need to be able to separate from the group but still feel as a part of the whole. So, while it is important to have a clear overview and organisation, in a smaller scale there should be room for play hide and seek.
The volumes of the buildings fall like heavy and clear cut volumes onto a moldable landscape that ripples and crumples under their weight and creates a complex, layered interface.
While the outer shape of the volumes is clearly defined,
on the interior the walls are diffused.



By combination of natural and artifically looking materials
we would like to investigate their respective qualities.
Another focus is the design of light conditions and colour application.



A way to create a blurred vision is to group a large number of small pieces so the eye looses focus.

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