centre of aesthetics in everyday world

by Philipp Rudischhauser from Hochschule Koblenz RheinMosel Campus Fachbereich Bauwesen Architektur, Germany
Tutored by: Prof. Georg A. Poensgen

Author comments:

‚hochschule für gestaltung‘ [university of design] of ulm has reached a lot in designing everyday items during the 50s/60s as the theoretical successor of ‚bauhaus‘. ci , typo, furniture, vehicles, architecture or other fields: they aimed for better design of the items surrounding the people to improve quality of life.

germany, 2017: urban housing shortage is growing. instead of moving to the outskirts, society must react now: search and use existing spaces!
the crumbling, out-of-date ‚swu-k1‘-building in ulm, karlst. 1 causes problems instead of solving, so i question it.

the now created plot of about 14k sqm offers great qualities with spacial relations to a castle and ‚ulmer münster‘ with ist world-highest-church-tower as well as its situation in a prospering quarter. essence of the concept is achieving a corporative permeable, urban landscape which priorizes cultural activity, connection with nature and social diversity.

good design according to ‚hfg ulm‘ enriches community living and serves as simulation for the quarter. housing structures are adaptive and incremental, but kept simple. the complex allows combinations of use such as cultural, educational, farming and little buisnesses.

1, 2 or maybe 10 inhabitants/unit? everything is possible! the structure only provides a frame which can be filled.

In defiance of the innovative approach, the complex is well integrated into its surroundings, has strong functional qualities and is substainable in construction and energy concept.

Tutor comments:

the open topic master-thesis-project of philipp rudischhauser has been valued „very good“ because of the urban dispute as well es the whole building-wise-conception. the chosen site is difficult because of its situation in a city, where the historic part is surrounded by gates and the new part by towers, into which structure the concept has to integrate as well as serving as a housing complex combining shared, cross-generational living and spaces to live and work.
according to the quality of the near historic city with its places, paths, alleys, recovery spaces, social mix and density, the work tries to transform these qualities into a modern quarter with a tower/block structure.
The quarter concept not only integrates the neighbouring areas, but also reacts to the various scales of future high-rise developments. It creates a dialog between past and future of the new quarter.
Transformations seems to be the superordinate goal of the work and appears in all scales, confronting existing and new opportunities. The proposed development, very complex and strict at first glance, offers spacial potential fort he ‚centre of aesthetics in everyday world‘ at second glance, which does not leave out the very special challenge of future-proof housing.

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