Exploring Looseness


Laurenz Berger

Grasping Character – Exploring Looseness

In the Academy wide research project on large-scale post-war architecture in Vienna entitled "Big! Bad? Modern:" which examined 4 agents within Vienna, the CMT studio chose to work more closely on the two buildings which are undergoing fierce criticism at the moment, the ORF media centre and the University of Economics.  

Within this idealistic framework my project is concerned with two different but related fields of investigation: Firstly to attempt to reveal the character of the building - that is to trigger an intuitive understanding and comparison of ORF and WU by the viewer through the graphic juxtaposition of a series of different kinds of spaces chosen through their functional connections. 

 

Exploring Looseness


Laurenz Berger

This revelation is achieved by drawings which represent the chosen spaces at exactly the same viewpoint and in the same way. This method is intended to be a precise, conscious and targeted means of representation yet a very sober and neutral one.  The viewer should be enabled thus to perceive these spaces more objectively.

Secondly, I pursued the idea of looseness: As discussed in studio, the loose space constitutes a place which is larger and more generous than its function would require it to be or initially unspecific in use. Looseness is stated to be a worthwhile and desirable quality in architecture especially if the building is to survive renovations, refurbishments and changes of use. Enabling the viewer to perceive the existence of these qualities - particularly within the ORF workshop and the WU entrance - could therefore become an argument for their preservation.