Graduate student at University of Michigan
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Vitra Fire Station No.X - Architecture

VITRA FIRE STATION NO.X

STUDY AND RE-ITERATION OF vITRA FIRE STATION

Studio WORK of FIRST YEAR IN GRADUATE SCHOOL AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, 2017

 
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Vitra FireStation Breakdown + Model Making Diagrams

 

Vitra Fire station was designed by Zaha hadid in 1991.

located in WEIL AM RHEIN, GERMANY, it is one of the most famous fire station in the world. In design, she focused on its motion. In terms of form, she expressed the tension of being on the alert, and the potential to explode into action at any time. The walls seem to glide past each other, while large sliding doors are literally a moving wall.

In order to study Zaha’s approach of design, the Vitra fire station no.x was using the same concept of stretching and pulling which Zaha did to hers. In the model making process, the use of plaster can ensure the uncertainty of forming hold by the wooden mold.

 
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Outdoor Perspectives of Vitra Fire Station No.X

 

In model making, the core and circulation of the original Vitra Fire station is kept and glued on the lid of the wooden box, and the “wings” of it are being cut in part. Once people pour the plaster in and close the lid, there shall be another iteration of the “new” Vitra. So, the plaster model iterations are implicated by the combination of the stretched “wings” and the “core”.

 
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Mold Making + Plaster Model Making Progress + 2 Alternatives

 
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Plan View of Alternative 3 ( Vitra Fire Station No. X)