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Gonza Vaillo

MORPHtopia

http://www.morphtopia.com

Margaretenstrasse 144, Vienna, Austria
MORPHtopia is a Vienna based practice for architecture and design. The studio is committed to the reciprocal relation between today’s provocative and innovative spatial speculations and its manifestation into tangible, efficient, and logical matter. A platform for conceptual and strategic thinking devoted to contemporary cultural, natural, and technological challenges. Its interests focus on generating off-centre architectural discourses and results capable of accommodating the unpredictable.

Indirect Cognitions


Transporting the Unknown Side of the Architectural Project

Indirect Cognitions


Transporting the Unknown Side of the Architectural Project
Exploring the unmanifestable aspects of the architectural project through aesthetic engagements
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These projects depart from the hypothesis that each of them is an autonomous and unique entity. Because our access to any architectural project (abbreviated AP) is limited in relation to its wholeness, each AP possesses an unknown side for us that is determinate. Our design method explores the tension between reality and its representation for foregrounding the AP’s immaterial side that cannot be formalised through architectural means.

Such a paradox allows for rethinking architectural production through aesthetics: examining “what is present without explicitly saying it.” It is argued that complex formal arrangements, which can neither be understood totally, present a sense of unknowability that triggers a multiplicity of readings. The AP’s unknown appears then through its indirect cognition, meaning an associative understanding of the building through allusions and metaphors. Digital technologies are the principal design tools for generating formal complexities.


Meta-Wall, a display wall for photographs of “scarlettes” (the forgotten world of failed actresses). This project explores immaterial confrontations (fame vs. failure, fashion vs. cinema) with material ones (parts vs. whole, steel vs. concrete, formal vs. informal). Different metaphorical allusions in the design process and the experience of the pavilion generate an architectural language that challenges its own exhaustion.

Meta-Wall. Parts before the assembly of the model. The compositional arrangement of the design is based on strange mereological principles; i.e., a part-to-whole relationship in which parts irritate the whole and vice versa. The outcome is a resemblance of its originals.

Meta-Wall. A new third object emerges, autonomous from both its parts and whole. Its formal intrincacy and complex compositional arrangement resist single readings. The result aims to surface a multiplicity that, beyond the author’s imaginary, lies in the AP itself.

Oso & Madroño. A public library in Madrid that is born from the resemblance of the historical symbolism of the region as a form of producing new identities for the neighbourhood.

Oso & Madroño. The metaphorical significance of the tree (Christo and Jean Claude, Wrapped Tree, 1997-98) is translated into a series of experimental models that are digitalized for composing the formal expression of the project.

Indirect Cognitions


Transporting the Unknown Side of the Architectural Project

Indirect Cognitions


Transporting the Unknown Side of the Architectural Project
Exploring the unmanifestable aspects of the architectural project through aesthetic engagements
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

These projects depart from the hypothesis that each of them is an autonomous and unique entity. Because our access to any architectural project (abbreviated AP) is limited in relation to its wholeness, each AP possesses an unknown side for us that is determinate. Our design method explores the tension between reality and its representation for foregrounding the AP’s immaterial side that cannot be formalised through architectural means.

Such a paradox allows for rethinking architectural production through aesthetics: examining “what is present without explicitly saying it.” It is argued that complex formal arrangements, which can neither be understood totally, present a sense of unknowability that triggers a multiplicity of readings. The AP’s unknown appears then through its indirect cognition, meaning an associative understanding of the building through allusions and metaphors. Digital technologies are the principal design tools for generating formal complexities.


Meta-Wall, a display wall for photographs of “scarlettes” (the forgotten world of failed actresses). This project explores immaterial confrontations (fame vs. failure, fashion vs. cinema) with material ones (parts vs. whole, steel vs. concrete, formal vs. informal). Different metaphorical allusions in the design process and the experience of the pavilion generate an architectural language that challenges its own exhaustion.

Meta-Wall. Parts before the assembly of the model. The compositional arrangement of the design is based on strange mereological principles; i.e., a part-to-whole relationship in which parts irritate the whole and vice versa. The outcome is a resemblance of its originals.

Meta-Wall. A new third object emerges, autonomous from both its parts and whole. Its formal intrincacy and complex compositional arrangement resist single readings. The result aims to surface a multiplicity that, beyond the author’s imaginary, lies in the AP itself.

Oso & Madroño. A public library in Madrid that is born from the resemblance of the historical symbolism of the region as a form of producing new identities for the neighbourhood.

Oso & Madroño. The metaphorical significance of the tree (Christo and Jean Claude, Wrapped Tree, 1997-98) is translated into a series of experimental models that are digitalized for composing the formal expression of the project.


Idea by

Gonza Vaillo
MORPHtopia
Margaretenstrasse 144
Vienna
Austria
MORPHtopia is a Vienna based practice for architecture and design. The studio is committed to the reciprocal relation between today’s provocative and innovative spatial speculations and its manifestation into tangible, efficient, and logical matter. A platform for conceptual and strategic thinking devoted to contemporary cultural, natural, and technological challenges. Its interests focus on generating off-centre architectural discourses and results capable of accommodating the unpredictable.