Mecikova 26, Bratislava, SK
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Westside Railyards
Spaces are mostly defined by their boundaries. But once buildings attain a certain size, boundaries may become imperceptible. This project looks back at the hypostyle halls of antiquity and other precedents, where the architecture is articulated by the inserted punctuation of columns, rather than by its enclosing walls. The transitions in such spaces are gradual, as opposed to the sharp delimitation offered by partitions. But instead of repeatedly using a simple column, here in this "hyperstyle" space, the use of varying but formally related vertical elements create zones with different programs that continuously change from one condition into the next. Predetermined rules organize these zones into clouds of gradually changing spatial density. Instead of a homogeneous hall, a diverse quarter results from this system of repeated variation.