Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Diversity Recharged in Szeged, Hungary by AMK+ Studio
February 7th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AMK+ Studio
We’ve seen many mentionable solutions for rehabilitation of unfunctional industrial buildings that have lost their original functions. Attaching new functional buildings to their close environment basically determine the new character of the place. Because their industrial origin these types of constructions and their environment – with different designation – have no connection, essentially no question about it. As the place is rehabilitated and gets back to life we can take the question about the method and the mode. The intervention depends on the actual context, that can be:
and situations on a range between them.
In the current situation the block of abandoned gasworks stands as an ‘island’ in a mostly residential texture. The emblematic chimney, octagonal torso-like concrete columns of a cooling tower , the monumental spaces of halls, scattered lovely details – all with their externals, material use and scales call the feeling in us that we’ve arrived at a totally different world… at a ‘fable’.
INTERVENTION – ‘The Wall’
By the characteristic differences and discovered values at the actual state, principles of our intervention are the followings:
1. The feeling of the inside world is so strong that merging it with the local environmental elements would affect value loss. We have to keep and redefine this feeling in a way that does not mean isolation. Defining border lines between two different functional texture is not equal with a seclusion – it is just a behavior.
We suggest a kind of framing building line – ‘intelligent wall’ – which is formed by many aspects and that can manage all the mutual reactions between the mainly residential environment and the rehabilitated industrial -new ‘city center’ – block. A ‘bridge’ which connects the place formally, in scale, by material use and with functionality.
NEW ROLE – ‘The red balloon’
The design method is an effect-dependent inverse, reductive design, and the buildings are formed by the following aspects:
1. Public pedestrian traffic, walkways system, commercial shops and pavilions, city life on ground floor.
New functions for the ‘wall’ are commercial, offices, residential floors. These make a bridge to old buildings with cultural and educational role.
Because of the existing high values of the industrial buildings the challenge is not to utilize them but to find the basics and situations where these values hopefully revive.
Within the site three central plazas have been created:
1. Event zone (great programs, concerts, local ‘city days’ like ‘Szeged Days’, ‘Beer Festival’, ‘Wines festival’, ‘Fish soup festival’, ‘Grill festival’, etc. )
In locating these zones, tree’s plantation has a huge effect. Rasterized tree placing give the huge inside square scale and make it usable and understandable.
A one-level underground garage would be constructed under the new buildings and event zone on Kossuth Avenue’s side.
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