Part Two

Experimenting with the Parameters of Space.

Research Task 1: Exploring ideas of boundaries.

See if you can find other designers and architects who have explored the idea of
Boundary in spatial design.

Whilst researching designers and architects who have explored the idea of Boundary in spatial design I came across a very interesting site with a piece about design boundary that enhances architectural experience. So many buildings have a boundary, window, wall but how interesting that this design creates a boundary-less space that motivates climbers and most probably inspires them, because as the sun sets around the climbing space, it changes and so each climb will be very different.

Fig. 1 Vertikale Kletterhalle Climbing Gym at night – the walls become transparent to reconnect climbers with nature as they enjoy their sport.
Vertikale Kletterhalle Brixen by Stadtlabor and Wolfgang Meraner
Fig.2 Vertikale Kletterhalle during the day.
Vertikale Kletterhalle Brixen by Stadtlabor and Wolfgang Meraner
Fig.3 Vertikale Kletterhalle Climbing Wall.

In the small town of Brixen in Northern Italy, there is a climbing gym that is like no other. The exterior looks like a piece of crumpled tin foil, and what’s more, when night falls the crumpled building becomes transparent, with the climbers inside on view for all to see. The Vertikale Kletterhalle, or vertical climbing gym, was designed by architects Martin Mutschlechner and Barbara Lanz of Stadtlabor, in collaboration with local architect Wolfgang Meraner. Vertikale Kletterhalle is a climbing gym that makes use of its boundary to enhance experience. Its walls morph from day to night – when the walls become transparent to reconnect climbers with nature as they enjoy their sport. So, as you design your architecture, make each space speak with its boundary -whether that boundary serves to unite or separate, be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each. Use boundary (or lack thereof) on purpose within your projects. (Walker, D 2013)

Reference

Walker, D, 2013 – https://www.mlldesignlab.com/blog/design-boundary-to-enhance-architectural-experience (accessed on 27.07.20)

Images

Fig.1 – 3 https://mashable.com/2013/02/08/climbing-gym-transparent-night/?europe=true (accessed on 27.07.20)

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