Sunday, October 10, 2010

Initial Thoughts/Research for Re-representation

I have been toying with the idea of transforming the Vitra Design Museum into a multi-story carpark. Traditionally, high-rise carparks are efficient, space-saving structures, and are hence rational, ordered and uninspiring in design. Gehry's designs are the opposite, with attractive free-flowing curves and abstract geometric shapes. By combining the Vitra Museum, aspects of other Gehry works, and traditional carpark design features, I hope to find the middle ground between these two ends of the spectrum, creating a design that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

Here are some more interesting designs, however they are still very rational and sensible structures.

I thought about possibly designing an automated carpark like the one in the image shown below, but have decided against it, as I think the "wow" factor of the technology used would overshadow the actual design features of the structure. Furthermore, the necessity for a central rotating shaft would probably restrict my design somewhat.

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