CLIMATH

Europan 11


Design:
Natassa Lianou, Ermis Chalvatzis for Biothing / Alisa Andrasek

Function:
Infrastructure_Plaza, Bus Terminal, Underground Parking, Housing, Retail

Area:
1ha

Location:
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Client:
EUROPAN 11, HRVATSKA

Status:
EUROPAN 11 International Competition

Award:
Honourable Mention

Year:
2011

 

 

 

SYNTHETIC ECOLOGY
The project is binding ingredients of local culture and physics in order to developed hybridized programming through higher resolution fabric of architecture. Inspired by the Old City’s network of polished stone pavements, squares, palace courtyards and cloister gardens, the project attempts to replicate qualities and effects of such collective “living” space. Proposal introduces high-resolution micro-articulation of urban furniture, synthetic “weather” and dispersed energy production. Seating elements imprinted in its surface, swarming patterns of light reflected of the white stone allowing it to glow at different intensities during the night reprogrammable to various scale of use and events as well as formation of atmosphere. For centuries, Onofrio’s well acts as an attractor for crowds looking for refreshment during the hot sunny afternoons. Top layer of the plaza contains water-misting cooling fields as a form of synthetic weather. Dispersed field of planters is seeded into the planters for aromatic local herbs inspired by the lavender fields of Hvar and terraced vineyards of Korcula. The proposal speculates using plaza’s natural exposure to the abundance of sun hours Dubrovnik receives, in order to absorb solar energy through distributed arrays embedded into the pavement