A series of architectonic exercises
by Michaela Krpalová, Subdigital, 2020
The process of finding and developing a functional system originated in our established abstract set of modules and its translation into architectural language.
The resulting system is generating site (space) -specific designs with limitless number of variations. Depending on the given space, the system can combine rules and modules into valid single houses, apartment blocks or into superstructures.
The strong side of discrete design and our housing generated using Monoceros is in its plurality and the ability to create connected unique spaces using a finite number of parts while preserving the given relationships between them.
The basic set of modules and rules were defined by geometries set in cubic grid with 6 possible directions of aggregation. In the world of architecture that means 4 cardinal directions plus two vertical directions – the above and below
In this regular cubic world, our tests had proven that too many modules with too complex, undefinable rules would have to repeat to achieve the variety of elements essential to construct valid architectonic space. Our solution was the creation of various clusters of modules with constant internal rules.
This optimization created the definition of “megamodules”. In this way we achieved the ability to define and gain control over different sized spaces that are required to create a building. Differently sized and shaped “megamodules” were then given external connection rules and qualities of various architectonic elements.
In this case we defined a set of “megamodules” which doubled as set of elements required to create a horizontal and vertical communication within the building.
These we have called “hallway megamodules” and “stairs megamodules” and got various types of connectors, some with the ability to connect to each other and create a continual path within a building and some with the ability to connect the rooms.
The set that follow these communication megamodules, the “room megamodels” and “façade megamodules” have another types of rules and connections that helped us control and define the interior and exterior of our system and the relationships within them.
By this variety of architectonically defined “megamodules” we have proven the relevancy and applicability of our wfc algorithm in the design process of scale of architecture