City in Lattice

  • City in Lattice
  • City in Lattice
  • City in Lattice
  • City in Lattice

Idea description:

Places with the potential for evolving from periphery into integral parts of a metropolis are currently overruled by Panelaks, prefabricated
housing projects of the Communist era. Panelaks desta- bilized the city by erasing its streets.
This street erasure, however, could now lead to higher urbanity. What if Panelaks served for
instance as pedestals for new housing forms, the radical variety of which would thrive against a
banal background? Such uniform background for grafted architectures might even require preservation
from the colorful paint jobs obfuscating the systematic lack of invention.
Instead, deeper interventions into the structure of Panelaks should be based on their modular
system, the grasp of which would guarantee its successful misuse and spreading.
As an overview of new possibilities, several formations were grafted onto an existing substrate,
the Panelak P1.14-6.5RP. For subsequent interven- tions on the panel systems P1.14-7.5RP and BA
NKS, an anti-system consisting of six lightweight cells, roughly corresponding to a typical panel
apartment volume, was hung opportunistically on convenient spots of the perimeter walls in a random
configuration. A spatial conquest, the intervention also underlines the serial aesthetics of the
Panelak settlements while opposing their dullness.
Different modular configurations were further tested independently from their substrate and
transplanted to various other peripheries. Their arrangement could instantly respond to different
influences and become the formal seed of new micro-communities, while concurrently allowing an
update of architectural ideas relegated to the past
due to over-reaction.