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Lukas Pauer

http://www.lukaspauer.info/

Basel, Switzerland
Lukas Pauer is a licensed architect, urbanist, and educator. His work focuses on innovative design generation techniques for urbanization processes yet to be visualized both within and outside of spatial practice. Lukas holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and ETH Zürich.

Equipping Walls


On Surface Enlargement and Storage

Equipping Walls


On Surface Enlargement and Storage
As equipped wall, the wall is no longer just a tectonic boundary separating interior from exterior, but also a management system, combining the very nature of surface enlargement with operations stemming from storage themes.

As the percentage of closet space in Western homes has risen over the course of the past century, we give away part of the spaces we live in to auxiliary purposes with the promise of ameliorating our lives. Taking space away from a room and giving it over to storage is supposed to make use of the remaining space more productive. But how far should one go in converting usable space into auxiliary space, and what happens when the quantity of the latter begins to overtake that of the former?

This project shall investigate the variety of ways in which this fact can be addressed by spatial practitioners: surface ‘depth’, the ‘equipped wall’, the ‘habitable wall’, the ‘thickened wall’, and the ‘poché’ probes the often unseen parallels in strategies for surface enlargement and innovations in the construction of space. This awareness of a transformative approach to emptying out interior space in order to convey a sense of emptiness is recent, and its legacy often overlooked.


The Murphy In-A-Dor Bed was a mechanized and, therefore, more economic version of the convertible bed.

Turned into seats when folded down, the Pullman Car contained beds for passengers, allowing them to sleep on cross-country trips.

Foldaway and pull-down beds were combined with fireplaces, pianos and desks.

Equipping Walls


On Surface Enlargement and Storage

Equipping Walls


On Surface Enlargement and Storage
As equipped wall, the wall is no longer just a tectonic boundary separating interior from exterior, but also a management system, combining the very nature of surface enlargement with operations stemming from storage themes.

As the percentage of closet space in Western homes has risen over the course of the past century, we give away part of the spaces we live in to auxiliary purposes with the promise of ameliorating our lives. Taking space away from a room and giving it over to storage is supposed to make use of the remaining space more productive. But how far should one go in converting usable space into auxiliary space, and what happens when the quantity of the latter begins to overtake that of the former?

This project shall investigate the variety of ways in which this fact can be addressed by spatial practitioners: surface ‘depth’, the ‘equipped wall’, the ‘habitable wall’, the ‘thickened wall’, and the ‘poché’ probes the often unseen parallels in strategies for surface enlargement and innovations in the construction of space. This awareness of a transformative approach to emptying out interior space in order to convey a sense of emptiness is recent, and its legacy often overlooked.


The Murphy In-A-Dor Bed was a mechanized and, therefore, more economic version of the convertible bed.

Turned into seats when folded down, the Pullman Car contained beds for passengers, allowing them to sleep on cross-country trips.

Foldaway and pull-down beds were combined with fireplaces, pianos and desks.


Idea by

Lukas Pauer
Basel
Switzerland
Lukas Pauer is a licensed architect, urbanist, and educator. His work focuses on innovative design generation techniques for urbanization processes yet to be visualized both within and outside of spatial practice. Lukas holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and ETH Zürich.