Collective housing in Hunziker Areal. Design Techniques by Karamuk Kuo
Published in a+t 45 Design Techniques
January 04, 2016
Karamuk Kuo Architects. Collective housing. Hunziker Areal. Zurich, 2011
"The self–constraint starts with catalyst questions we pose at the beginning of the project and extends into the tools we choose to engage during the process. Through our work, as in the following two projects, we have been returning to some basic tools that are often taken for granted, namely the plan, the section, and model photography in order to more precisely confront and rediscover the language of space and type. We were interested in challenging the seeming objectivity of the plan and the section as mere representations of a developed idea and to see in them the foundations of a type or a typology to be rethought. At the same time, the large format model allowed us to cross-check certain hypotheses as subjective experiences and to engage with space as central to the decision–making process. The abstraction through the plan and section in turn allowed us to verify the relationships intuited in the model photos."
Paragraph extracted from the article "Constructing logics" (a+t 45 Design Techniques), where Jeannette Kuo explains the Karamuk Kuo Architects design techniques. Specifically, those applied in Cluster Sport International and Hunziker Areal (collective housing) projects.
a+t 45 Design Techniques looks at different approaches to the creative moment. Authors such as Lacaton & Vassal, Langarita-Navarro, Momoyo Kaiyima and SO-IL reveal their modus operandi, explain how they tackle the project and discuss motivation, devices, influences, justifications, effects and the origins of their design techniques.