Architektonik proposed two hotel meshes that were derived from various organic forms. Using grasshopper to generate shapes that they used further to inform a wider hotel atmosphere and interior condition. Contrasting their reference points of the layering of sediment rock and organ like vessels to explore the relationship between utopia and dystopia in their hotels.
Their Garden City hotel described by them was meant to be creating a “warm, happy atmosphere” through the use of “earth colours and natural light”. Indeed their project and how it was presented talked about these things. However maybe their use of a mesh didn’t reflect that experience. In their video the interior condition spoke about a closed even airy space reminiscent of deserted subway tunnels. They did talk about how their mesh wasn’t representative of all their hotel referencing ant and termite tunnels as the instigator for this studio investigation. Which brings up ideas about migration and movement within their hotel. When that is considered in relation to their overall project some interesting in roads could be made concerning circulation and the more conceptual ramifications of having a hotel that is about interior movement when hotels are traditionally a destination of rest whilst travelling.
Their Abandoned City Hotel was one that put a great deal on materiality expressing the use of translucent concrete throughout their building in their drawings. It is interesting to see how the drawings contrast to other hotel’s this one having a lot of white space yet not a great deal of consideration to how light might enter the building in the section at different intensities especially considering this focus on materiality. While the callouts may give us details to the backlighting of this building it would’ve strengthened their project overall if we saw some expression of light especially when you consider that sections are all about spatial conditions. The concrete brought up ideas about the replication of organic forms this synthesis something that has been explored a great deal within this paper as whole. It was interesting to how they brought this down to how they treated floor as a series of steps in and of themselves adding variation to standard pancake flooring.
Ultimately Architektonik’s project was an interesting proposal that may have been made even richer through more worked up drawings considering light and the conditions of the world around them.