Shadow games with pantyhose
This was the fifteenth time that the Techtextil “Textile Structures for New Building” Sponsorship Prize has been awarded to students and young graduates. When it came to choosing materials for their designs, many prize-winners rummaged through their own wardrobe.
“We used nylon pantyhose as our means of screening the light”, says Isidora Kojovic, who can be seen above on the photograph next to Nevana Jeremic (middle) and Masa Zujovic (left) under their competition design. The three women architectural students from the University of Belgrade impressed their professor Jelena Milosevic during an academic architectural competition featuring half a dozen groups of three or four students each – their reward was to take part in the Techtextil Sponsorship Prize. “We won at home – and now we have won again here”, says Nevana Jeremic excitedly. Thus the “voro membrane”, designed by the three young Serbs, had no trouble achieving first place in the category of “Urban Living – City of the Future.”
The jury showed itself not merely impressed by the successful concept, but also praised the consistency of the design idea and the generation of its mathematical geometry. For the “voro” structures were not found by chance but derived mathematically from the spatial characteristics at the point of use. “It was our task to build new structures for a hallway at our university”, explains Masa Zujovic. Windows, doors, lamps and (only) already existing fixing facilities served in the process as helpful “obstructions”, in order to create, in a combination of mathematical minimal-spacing principles and clever formal deign, the particular (pantyhose) play of light and shadow. The three prize-winners intend to work with textile material in future, too. “In this way you have an incredibly large and creative scope for design”, they all agree.
The Weissensee Academy of Art – again!
It looks like becoming a regular feature: as early as two years ago students from the Berlin Weissensee Academy of Art (KHB) creamed off their prize in the Sponsorship Competition. This year KHB student Rebecca Schedler won the first prize in the Micro-Architecture category with her “Airdapt” wall system. Her partition-wall module, made of polyester acoustic felt, opens and closes pneumatically. “I imitated some of the principles from nature”, says Schedler. Thus, she points out, the opening and closing mechanism is similar to that of the Venus fly trap: air streams in, the wings of the two small ellipses close up; when air is let out, they open again. The “Venus fly-trap wall”, which hopes to do without any meat-based victims, is designed in future for example to divide large offices into smaller individual rooms, each of which, by touching a button, can be made to open or – for concentrated work – close with perfect sound insulation.