The project explores figure to figure relationships and their deformations caused by dynamic wind forces. It rigorously addresses the context of the site, Cres/Croatia, by nesting the volumes in linear production system and orientation dependent on existing winds which are the parameter of constant mutability and transformation of the shapes. Volumetric continuity achieved by multi materiality, surface creasing, seams and structure porosity is defining the complexity of sustainable architectural processes incorporated within the building.
City of CRES on Island Cres, is a historical Mediterranean town with Venetian architecture and urban structure. The dens typology of the urban matrix is a direct response to the environmental influences typical for this region. Small and narrow streets and houses with thick walls and small windows organized in maze are designed to cool down the premises in the summer and protect them from strong winds in winter. Cres has a marina nearby, which has recently been awarded the blue flag status, with many boats in it. Also, situated directly in city centre, there is an existing boat yard sitting on large area, which does not correspond to historical heritage of the context. Thus, the project addresses this problem by designing the new factory with sustainable properties and integrated program within the tourist centre of Cres.
The typical typology of the boat factory is open plan space which allows easy circulation and flexibility. However the large and homogenise roof structure is creating a problem of being unrelated to urban fabric of small and dens houses. The solution is a division in smaller functional units with various program that are interconnecting, interweaving and volumetrically relating to one another by allowing the urban labyrinth of small streets to continuously flow inside the factory ground. In this fashion, the boat yard is becoming more public (as it is usually open for visitors) and the border between the city centre and the factory is blurred.
Boat Fabrication Yard
Cres Island, Croatia
Greg Lynn Studio, ss 2008
with Julia Koerner and Miljan Radojevic
project exhibited at d3 Natural Systems exhibition, Gallery MC, New York. 2012