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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Maidan tent | Visconti di Bonaventura Modrone + Leo Bettini Oberkalmsteiner

Maidan tent
The Maidan tent is the result of a collective determination of a group of people to make their contribution to improving the living conditions of refugees in recent years are fleeing from their countries of origin in the direction of Europe. In the refugee camps precariousness and the serial nature of the worm of tents and containers, along with the lack of common spaces, it ends up generating alienation and disorientation with respect to the protection offered by the home and the proximity to their community.
Courtesy of Bonaventura Visconti di Modrone, Leo Bettini Oberkalmsteiner
Under these conditions the opportunity of comparison is mortified. On the other hand the interaction helps soothe the sense of loss, but it is necessary to a place where they can meet. And where, if the fields are often the only structures covered containers and tents, reduced in size and intended to privacy of the families? Maidan tent can be a possible answer.
Courtesy of Bonaventura Visconti di Modrone, Leo Bettini Oberkalmsteiner
A public space organized and shared, in which you can read, learn, play, weaving new friendships, it becomes important to search for a lost stability. In this sense, a movable structure, articulated and integrated with the field, within which it is possible to carry out any activity sheltered from weather conditions, it is proposed as an alternative to the routine of daily life in the field intended to asylum seekers.
Courtesy of Bonaventura Visconti di Modrone, Leo Bettini Oberkalmsteiner
Today in Greece there are numerous informal settlements inhabited by about 45,000 people waiting to get the donkey owner, according to data reported by UNHCR – United Nations Agency for Refugees. While waiting for the borders are reopened, asylum seekers reside in areas designated by the government. The project of “Maidan tent” aims to provide people a public space in which they can gather and carry out any activity that may help them to better endure life in the refugee camps.
Courtesy of Bonaventura Visconti di Modrone, Leo Bettini Oberkalmsteiner
The Maidan tent, certain ed ISO, is a large structure designed as a covered public square, able to accommodate over 100 people simultaneously, 19.50 meters wide and with a surface of 200 square meters. The chosen materials are aluminum for the structure and a water-resistant fabric, the wind and the fire to the cover.
Courtesy of Bonaventura Visconti di Modrone, Leo Bettini Oberkalmsteiner
Easy to assemble and disassemble, transportable, durable, easy to maintain thanks to standardized components, it is articulated in such a way that in its interior spaces are easily separable in a modular fashion. The covered circular space is divided into eight sectors each of which, in turn, provides two concentric areas. The center of the structure, dedicated to the meeting, it is bordered by a ring of more semi-private spaces where people can carry out their activities in a more intimate atmosphere.
Courtesy of Bonaventura Visconti di Modrone, Leo Bettini Oberkalmsteiner
The structure has been designed bearing in mind so some aspects of a psychological nature: 1) the circular shape, open on all sides, invites people from any direction these originate, 2) the division into different zones type allows many ways to establish relationships linked, the latter, the personality and the mood of individuals, 3) multi-functional space is exible and can be quickly adapted according to different needs. The Maidan tent can be both a place to receive medical and psychological care, a playground for children, a gathering place where to eat together, buy and sell goods, learn and teach, pray, interact, discuss, exchange ideas.
Courtesy of Bonaventura Visconti di Modrone, Leo Bettini Oberkalmsteiner
Project Info
Architects: Visconti di Bonaventura Modrone, Leo Bettini Oberkalmsteiner
Location: Ritsona, Greece
Client: Maidan tent
Contractor: Nose to ‘upward
Year: 2017
Type: House

Bluefrog Music Club | Serie Architects

 
Bluefrog Music Club
The strategies of hybridization of the 90s, more often than not, resulted in the smooth blending of one tectonic surface with another. Accompanying this tendency was the belief that the formal procedure of blending will naturally result in the cross-breeding of a program.
Courtesy of Serie Architects
BlueFROG for us is a project that revisits the problem of multi-programmed spaces without resorting to formal redundancy as a representation of programmatic complexity. The project brief called for the conversion of a large north-lit industrial warehouse within the old mill district in Mumbai into a complex of sound recording studios and an acoustic lounge. This lounge consists of a restaurant, bar, and a live stage. Beyond this amalgamation of provisions, BlueFROG seeks to stage an acoustic experience par excellence.
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Based on this desire of the project brief to have it all, the question for us is: how do you collapse a theater, restaurant, bar and club into a warehouse, whilst maintaining all the performative characteristics of each individual type?
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The deep structure that has been employed is a cellular organization composed of circles of varying sizes approximating a horse-shoe configuration in plan. The differential extrusions of these circles, encapsulated at different levels as tiered cylindrical seating booths, allow the eye level of diners and standing patrons to increase in height away from the stage. The booths seat four to ten people and are arranged around an open center that can either double up as a potential 360° stage or accommodate standing patrons, bringing them closer to the main stage. The mahogany paneled cylindrical booths not only maintain uninterrupted views to the stage but also a constant distance between diners irrespective of how crowded the lounge gets.
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The undulating height of the seating booths is gently modulated by a glowing acrylic resin surface, which unifies the disparate types and retains the presence of the architecture even in the midst of the spectacle of a sound and light show.
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It can be argued that the programmatic multiplicities here arise out of the disposition of the irreducible typal imprints harnessed from the above-mentioned precedent types. And it is these deep structures that give rise to the multiple programmatic configurations without the project resorting to any strategies of formal convolution.
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Project Info
Architects: Serie Architects
Location: Mumbai, India
Client: Blue Frog Media Pvt. Ltd.
Design Team: Chris Lee, Kapil Gupta, Tomas Ruis Osborne, Santosh Thorat, Purva Jamdade, Suril Patel, Dharmesh Thakker, Niti Gourisaria, Vrinda Seksaria and Udayan Mazumdar.
Models: Joseph Halligan and Michelle Young
Acoustic Design: Munroe Acoustics (UK)
Lighting Design: Abhay Wadhwa Associates
General Contractors: Zigma Enterprises
Project Managers: Masters Management Consultants
Status: Completed Nov 2007
Area: 1,000 sqm
Type: Restaurant
Photography: Fram Petit