The last two weeks SPAN has been conducting a workshop at the Genetic Architecture Master course of the ESARQ in Barcelona. The main Issue of the workshop was the exploration of the opportunities present in the manifold conditions of floral entities. The explored issue included venetion, plication, inflorescence, topology and ornament.
After a short research period the students had to apply their specific findings to the design of a flower store. The store was supposed to be a free standing structure about 180m2 in size. For the first, hands on, exploration, we made a short excursion to the Park Güell, in order to scrutinize flowers, and to examine Gaudi’s work in terms of relations to floral ornamentation. The harder work was to avoid simple mimicking the observed floral conditions, but to apply it in accordance to the discussed issues. After 9 days of hard work the students presented their work to a jury including Marco Verde and Max Zinnecker from Barcelona based architecture firm Cloud 9.