Future School Space Design
by Ryul Song, Christian Schweitzer
Drawings consume a large portion of our work as architects. They contain all our ideas, believes, and ethics, and their transformation into a possible reality. It simulates reality as much as a photo of a finished building simulates reality, but not through the eye and thereby the interpretation of another person but by the author itself. It contains an all-encompassing truth that again influences back on all other work we do from there on. Yet drawing is merely seen as a tool, not as an autonomous work within itself with its own right as architecture.
The Naked Plans series tries to counter this reduction, allowing a drawing to gain an equal weight as architecture next to the finished building, next to its communication through photography and text.
Naked Plan – Future School Space Design overlaps 94 A3 sheets of execution drawings for the Korean Pavilion. Stripped in Autocad of all information like image, non-drawn text and mtext, line weight, saturation and lightness, only the basic lines and the accumulation of lines in hatching remain. The plans are reduced to the pure aesthetics of a line drawing. Through the process of overlapping the remaining information is obscured even more and new forms of information emerge; relationships between scales, geometry, density, intensity, time and thought.
By eliminating the existing pavilion from the drawings, only remaining our interventions, all possible scenarios of the space usage become evident: architecture as process, architecture as time, architecture as relationships, architecture as being fundamentally social.
The transformation of our execution drawings into an autonomous state as an independent work of design is an attempt to question our thinking as architects and to reflect back on the essence of our intentions. Drawing in its essence is communication. It is the objectification of subjective thought in order to make it readable, understandable, reproducible and transformable into a physical state as a building. Therefor execution drawing is a universally understandable language with an alphabet, words, grammar, syntax and semantics.
Two lines drawn in a specific relationship to each other on a piece of paper or within a CAD program are readable as a wall. When we close our eyes we see it more clearly in front of us, what it could be, what it could do. At the same time we see in these two lines a lot of effort by the people that will get involved, endless paperwork, technical and logistical constraints, periods of boredom and periods of sleepless nights, anxiety. We have drawn these 2 lines hundreds of times before, yet they are never the same. They are hundreds of processes that are their own hundreds of thoughts that become the essence of our creative actions.
By changing the syntax of our execution drawings while remaining the alphabet, words, and grammar in place, we make these hundreds of processes and thoughts readable for ourselves. The Naked Plan is the re-subjectification of an objectified design by other means than the actual individual experience by the user of the building that resulted from it.