Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger are two architects specialized in the field of computational design. Theyare both lecturers at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. They have published widely and have exhibited at numerous galleries and exhibitions, including the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011 and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.
The Sixth Order involves the development a column order based on subdivision processes. It explores how a procedural approach to form can define and embellish this column order with an elaborate system of ornament. This approach inherently shifts the focus from a single object to a family of objects: endless permutations of a theme can be generated. For the Gwangju Biennale, a single process was used to generate four individual columns. The resulting columns have not a single surface or motif in common, yet due to their shared constituent process, they form a coherent group.
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STADTIGEL : BENJAMIN DILLENBURGER / KAISERSROT
The Stadtigel It is a city on a sphere – not necessarily a global city – rather a city globe. It is endless, or better, beginningless. There is neither periphery nor center. The city’s openness is simultaneously based on its seclusion. Once within one can never leave again. The city has a specific form; its physical presence is obvious.
Nevertheless, the city can never be experienced in its totality. There is no outside vantage point from which all of the 80 square meters of city surface can be coherently perceived.