Studio Class at AA School of Architecture
Studio Class at AA School of Architecture

THE POWER OF FORM. Pnyx

This project was developed by Anna Goga as a student from Moscow Architectural Institute and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Facilities category.

The project speculates upon the problem of interaction between human and architectural form, which main purpose is to be interactive and to create space for action.

Hypothesis:

Architectural form is able to influence on human behavior by instigating a specific action with it. By doing that, the form acts as a means of communication with the person, while human body is the addressee of form. An example of such type of form is Pnyx – a Greek amphitheater, which was used for public gatherings. Its main feature was that it addressed to the scale of human body, thereby provoking a person to a dialogue with the form. Architecture interacts with human because of form elements body scale (in this case, steps). This type of form is intuitive, the person cognize it through interaction with it.

Experiment. The immersion of the form:

Moreover, architectural form has a power to activate a site and create a space for action. The experiment of immersion of form in a specific site was made to prove this hypothesis. The place for the experiment is a district in Yasenevo, Moscow. The specific feature of this site is a linear boulevard which was designed as a main public space of the district. Nowadays, it is an empty space without any facilities, surrounded by the people. However, it has all the prerequisites to form high-quality public spaces, which only needs to be activated.

The integral sculptural form, which consists of a set of form elements, each one provoking to a specific activity, is immersed on the boulevard in Yasenevo. Thus, the park is divided into 3 main zones, each one with a different type of activity depending on the surrounding area: shopping and entertainment zone, cultural and educational zone, park. Overall, the immersed form activates the whole site and creates a new space for socialization.