Yokohama competition Honourable Mention
Work title: YOKOHAMA COMPETITION
Potentially interesting formal strategy applied with not suffiient rigor.
1/The aim is to generate an efficient labyrinth of complex interrelations, organic tensions of intersecting nature.
2/Instead of making a custom-made masterpiece(one of a kind) we are proposing a reversible programmatic carpet: an efficient, reversible structure which will meet all possible spatial, social, economical demands of today’s tasks and tasks which can occur during the time of the building’s use: in the future the whole building or its parts can be reprogrammed according to the functions needed at the time: reversibility/flexibility/multitasking.
For instance, today’s terminal could become tomorrow’s parking, shopping mall, office building, residential building, convention hall,city hall…
It has to have the ability to CROSSDRESS!
3/Instead of reinventing new landscapes: we aim to interpret the existing ones.
4/Instead of seeking conceptual emancipation: the aim is to communicate with history.
5/The aim is to achieve complexity through repetition, repeating a series of ever the same, simple element: 5-percent sloped surface. Using always the same reversible, modular, hence cheap, element in different tasks might result in a complexity of a labyrinth.
What started as a cheap, serial and simple can end up as acomplex artificial landscape. When serial is used in a smart way, it can become one of a kind!
6) Horizontal meets vernacular: horizontal modernity has to meet vernacular density, creating a hybrid morphology which can meet both linear nature of traffic infrastructure, such as a terminal with vertical, dense and fragmented nature of public programs, which aim to interpret traditional city typologies, such as a street, square, park…
So instead of proposing only a city park on a building’s rooftop, we are proposing a dense „city block“ of city parks, streets, squares and programs, creating an inner city life at the rooftop. This rooftop city collides with the terminal, making a dense „city block“ typology.
We aim to create a complex interaction of two cities: passenger''s city vs visitor’s city.
7/Intersect / disjunct / juxtapose: we aim to create city-like tensions between programs: we aim to create a city within a city.
8/We propose densification of a building in order to adjust a scale of a pier to the scale of the traditional city: fragmentation of terminal building is to relate to the traditional scale of the city of Yokohama.
9/Technology of the building is to serve, not dominate. A simple and efficient structural scheme. Low cost and flexible system is more rational and appropriate for the task.
10/We propose a maximum usage of environmental potential to achieve self-sustainable building: NEAR-ZERO BUILDING.