Academic project developed at 3rd year Undergrad Studio, Architecture Faculty, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile, 2018
Teaching Staff: BASE studio
Felipe Sepúlveda + Bárbara Barreda + Matías Ramírez
Students:Benjamín Abusleme + María Jesús Adriasola + Manuel Alonso + María Jesús Cortez + Rodrigo Del Campo + Catalina Ellena + María Jesús Gómez + Constanza Gomez + Ilanit Gottlieb + María José Jara + Antonio Labbé + Isidora Leiva + Santiago Ortúzar + Ignacio Salinas + Antonia Santillán + Agustín Squella + Bárbara Torres + Sarah Ull-Mendez + Alex Vargas + Ana Vasconez + Fernando Verdugo + Kimberly Vielma
0-VOID is an inflatable pavilion that synthesises and embodies the explored potential of pneumatic systems for creating geometrical, material and non-conventional spatial formulations; a design research agenda developed throughout the academic semester at the third-year architectural design studio of UDD’s Architecture School, in Santiago, Chile.The pavilion was designed through an iterative process informed by both, 1:1 material exploration and digital tools. A primitive ovoidal geometry of L=18m. W= 12m. H= 5m. was primarily defined; the overall envelope was then laid out and striated with a diagonalised pattern, allowing for maintaining the formal and geometric integrity of the ovoid while constraining the deformation generated by the internal air pressure. It was entirely made out of lightweight pvc membranes of two kinds: a thin/transparent membrane for the overall envelope and a slightly rougher/opaque one for the floor. Its patchwork-like manufacturing process was completely manually done; from the unfolding, marking and cutting of each of the pieces produced by the digital model, which were then fixed between them with adhesive and heat applied to each seam.In that sense, 0-VOID is more a garment than a building; a soft and flexible piece that it has not been built, but rather tailored. Easy to be folded and unfolded. It is an inhabitable vessel that can be reused and deployed in different contexts. An object that proves to be a quick and simple way for creating space to host multiple programmatic purposes, since it is essentially air and skin. It is a sort of invertebrate pavilion that questions the notion of structural resistance associated to rigidity and stiffness, seeking new ideas of temporality, flexibility and material dependency in architecture.