RCAT - Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics

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Studio Staff: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Prof. Søren Sørensen, Prof. Guillem Baraut Bover, Joakim Hoen, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel

Students: Juan Pablo Buvinic, Young Eun Choi, Erik Folmo, Eric Gehem, Glenn Alexander Hansen, Line Mari Haugland, Eve Komp, Sylva Solås Marwoll, Mighail-Marios Petrogonas, Lion Schreiber, Ove Joachim Svela, Thomas Etnestad

The Extended Threshold studio 2012 was an RCAT / OCEAN collaboration.


Hensel, M. and Sørensen, S. (2014). ‘Intersecting Knowledge Fields and Integrating Data-Driven Computational Design en Route to Performance-oriented and Intensely Local Architectures’. In: Bier, H. and Knigth, T. eds. Dynamics of Data-driven Design Footprint 15 Autumn 2014: pp. 59-74. online

Hensel, M. and Sørensen, S. (2013). ‘En Route to Performance-oriented Architecture - The Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics: Integrating Architectural Education with Research by Design along a Practice-oriented Perspective’. SAJ Serbian Architectural Journal 5 (2): pp. 106-131.

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Fig.01: View of the workspace organization prepared for AHO Works 2012.

The studio developed projects for two neglected inner urban public spaces in key locations in Oslo. The proposed auxiliary or supplementary architectures provide for a rich variety of activities and experiences, in the form of an extended transitional space that is sheltered, yet not fully enclosed in order to maintain maximum public accessibility and usability.

12 master-level students worked in teams on four distinctive projects that while sharing principal features demonstrate nevertheless the broad scope of design that can be accomplished with the shared material system and working methods.

Complex membrane and cable net systems were developed by way of physical form-finding methods and further elaborated through corresponding associative computational models. The form-generation process was informed by different modes of analysis (structural, environmental, etc.). Experiments with Augmented and Virtual Reality tools served to further evaluate and elaborate the designs.

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Fig.02: Analogue form-finding of a complex membrane system.


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Fig.03: Analogue form-finding of a complex membrane system.


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Fig.04: Analogue form-finding of a complex membrane system.

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Fig.05: Augmented Reality Visualization utilizing ARive software developed by master student Joakim Svela.

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Fig.06: Augmented Reality Visualization utilizing ARive software developed by master student Joakim Svela.

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Fig.07: Virtual Reality Visualization utilizing specialist software developed by IFE Halden.

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Fig.08: Rendered view of Project 01

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Fig09: Project 2 System Hierarchy

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Fig.10: Rendered view of Project 02

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Fig11: Project 3 System Hierarchy

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Fig.12: Rendered view of Project 03