The Industrial City: A Framework for the integration of
Architecture and Infrastructure by Gustav Düsing
Oct. 11, 2011
This projects is challenging existing infrastructures in a post-industrial landscape through the
implementation of a new form of large-scale industrial production. The thesis argument is
that the remnants of heavy industry in the form of large scale infrastructure in post-industrial
landscapes, as they can be found in many of today’s metropolitan cities, have the potential to
adopt to the ongoing shift away from heavy industry towards high tech, instead of, regarding
current re-vitalisation strategies, being used in an observant, non engaging manner and though,
not exploiting its full potential.
By making actual use of the existing infrastructure the implementation of a contemporary form of industry has the potential to counter-balance the ongoing developments of such landscapes into a mix of office, residential and leisure.
This implementation of material production into the framework of post industrial landscapes will is investigated through the use of an existing corporate body in order to give scale and value to the thesis argument. This corporation reflects the stated shift from heavy industry towards high tech industry in order to suit the overall argument. The staging of large-scale, sophisticated
industrial production and the accompanied logistics within the context of post industrial landscapes is what this project seeks to achieve.
The industrial city is investigated as an architectural project in which not only the large container of production changes the scale to the city, but also the infrastructures found on site are largely influenced by such industrial activity. With this implementation as a starting point, the visible activation of the existing infrastructure will be accompanied by a certain transformation towards a more site responding development strategy which than has the potential to define a new form of coexistence of industrial production and urbanity.
Throughout this research document the historical background of these industrial landscapes will be analysed to in order to reinforce the idea of infrastructural privileged locations being the catalyst for industrial growth and the accompanied urban growth. In the following, the german network of natural and artificial waterways will be of interest.
Hamburg-Hafen-City is taken as a testing-ground for this thesis argument as Hamburg’s global location with waterway connections to both, north and Baltic sea, and its metropolitan size as well as its cultural heritage offers perfect ground conditions to underline the thesis argument.
Using the company profile of Siemens-Windpower, the leading manufacturer of off-shore-wind-turbines, gives scale and a programmatic outline to both, the manufacturing facilities and the administration facilities in order to formulate a suitable systematic framework.
The representational half of the proposal will have open plan office space as well as large communal spaces orientated towards the outside. This organisation will be communicated through the façade and though, will show the large scale and the generous organisation of space. Public event spaces will also take place in this area to communicate a certain integration with the surrounding public space. Since these spaces are being surrounded by the later stages of the industrial production, the integration of visitor walkways will be internally organised since the security level at these stages are very low.
The organisation of the production space is driven by the ideas of visibility of the product as well as the organisation of hierarchical equal communication spaces. These communication spaces or open floor-plans are organised towards the inside in order to create a spatial connection towards the product. The closed spatial volumes are orientated towards the façade in order to achieve natural daylight. The organisation of visitor walkways will here take place outside the building above the crane systems as well as along the linear light-well in the middle. This is due to achieve a certain distance to the product as its early production step will be protected though security-guidelines.
* you can see more amazing projects here gustav-duesing.com (blog of Gustav Düsing)
Architecture student: Gustav Düsing (gustav-duesing.com)
University: Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK
Unit Master: Eugene Han
Semester Diploma Unit 8
Category: experiment design
submitted on 2011.10.09
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