11 May 2017
Architectural Association, London
‘Architectural Stretching’ as a means of building preservation.
The project is set within the soon-to-be-abandoned Munch Museum located in Toyen Park in Oslo, Norway. The institutional building was erected in 1963 and through a series of subsequent renovations and additions in 1994 and 2004, it has become an oppressive modern concrete block that sits completely detached to the rest of its context – the largest urban park in Oslo. The project proposes ‘stretching’ the oppressive modernist concrete frame to break away from its rigid form and isolation while at the same time allowing for the transformation of the building to accommodate new programmes; thus preserving this old building while instilling it with new life.
The technical aspect of the project looks at the possibility of cutting and inserting mechanical materials into the existing fabric of the building. This provides us with an opportunity to really study the building material within the project. Interestingly the concept was developed from transforming pears into jelly through a specific preservation recipe, and then experimenting with the resultant jelly’s elasticity. The mechanical contraption used to test the jelly was then translated into an elastic material between solid elements and this became the basis for my TS and the language of my project.
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