Material Analysis


Marc Werner and Christian Gattringer

How to deal with the legacy of modernism becomes an increasingly important question. However, many modernistic projects - due to sheer size and complexity - can't be judged and evaluated by means of already established methods. Therefore, our project provides a new way of capturing and representing complex data in an understandable way in order to serve as a basis for decision-making.
More precisely, our research covers the realm of pure materials in respect to properties and quantity in order to address issues of sustainability. Due to the fact that the Vienna University of Economics and Business built in the 80s will leave the building in 2013, its re-evaluation is of immediate importance for the city of Vienna, for which it serves as a case study.

As a first step, materials of the whole building were recorded by taking photos. These were then confronted with properties and qualities of each material by an experimental mapping technique. In order to understand the diagrams instinctively, a short explanatory animation is provided. Finally, the resulting data consisting of 75 materials are condensed within a catalogue, which allows an evaluation of the built structure on a basic level.

 

Material Analysis


Marc Werner and Christian Gattringer

Another aspect deals with the quantity and distribution of materials. Constituting the two most important building features, the reinforced concrete structure and the aluminium-glass façade are captured. The resulting amount is complemented by its equivalent embodied energy, which has been made visible by translating it into a volume of fuel oil. Furthermore, the collection of data is also used to map the distribution of material using a similar technique as for the diagrams.

This approach is further complemented by a phenomenological and perceptual point of view. In order to achieve this, we focused on illusionary scenes triggered by the reflective quality of the facade in order to reveal qualities. These captures are however opposed to comments from students, which share a totally different view. Therefore, the movie does not only provide a more direct and closer look at the building, but also reflects upon the huge gap between architectural intention and reception.