solid studio suggests nanonano science center as a sculptural network
 
solid studio suggests nanonano science center as a sculptural network solid studio suggests nanonano science center as a sculptural network
mar 13, 2017

solid studio suggests nanonano science center as a sculptural network

interdisciplinary solid studio has developed the NANONANO science center proposal with two global research topics in mind. first, taking adaptability as a solution to the ‘extinction’ of research facilities. second, merging utility services and bearing systems into one unit. the idea of flexibility in architecture has long intrigued designers. even though the field is considered a static art, many attempts have been made to endow it with changeable features. in other words, there is a desire to create buildings that can stand the profound inner program variations.


science center in skolkovo, russia

 

 

elaborating on the first topic, solid studio envisions the scientific centre with changeable research and service equipment. but why include this quality in a contemporary facility? for the last decades, the scientific agenda and requirements have evolved significantly. the complexes built in the eighties often couldn’t respond to unstable conditions, like the need of a section space for new and more powerful machines or the accumulation of dust due to certain building materials. as the team puts it, the ‘steady-state essence of architecture cannot keep up with the dynamics of progress’. however, this response to changing factors does not happen instantly; according to the designers, the optimal update rate is 10-15 years for a better architectural ‘preservation’.


main atrium with structural supply systems

 

 

for the field of nano science, complications often include the organization of laboratories and clean rooms. conditionally, the requirements for both can be split into four groups: precise control of humidity and temperature, noise and vibration buffer, air purification, insulation against electromagnetic and radio waves. therefore, when designing the space, architects need to pay extra attention to the location of labs and clean rooms to minimize mutual influence.


shrink-wrapped façade skin

 

 

since laboratories are reserved for specialized technicians, the studio focuses on the space between such rooms, the functional volumes, public spaces, circulation and adaptability. each lab has an independent isolation box that can be replaced without affecting others. auxiliary facilities such as the canteen, kitchen, and offices are also set as individual hubs scattered throughout — where gaps serve as bearing and utility structures. then, the entire program is wrapped by a shell to preserve the micro-climate within. according to technicians, if the building needs upgrading every decade, cylindrical labs are more relevant, comfortable and ergonomic than boxed spaces. after being replaced, the entire module is covered again with a protective shell. hence, with this cycle, the exterior skin also becomes an evolutionary body.


interior of the proposed science center

 

 

gradually, the studio has reached the second topic of the project: merging utility service and bearing systems. indeed, the team noticed how much space service equipments and ducts occupy — reaching up to forty percent. this comes as no surprise, since these centres require many infrastructures like channels, pipes, manifolds, sewage, electricity, conditioning, gaz and high air exchange. therefore, instead of concealing these structures, they become exposed. in other words, special attention is given to present-day designs of utility service. ‘we think the main problem of conventional approach consists in the fact that it is usually designed independently of the entire building. the bearing framework is managed by one team of specialists, the service network by another. [this] doesn’t suppose any integration between bearing and service system. it often causes un-coordinations […]. thus architects always have to provide more space for utility service, making the ceilings higher and shafts wider’, expresses solid studio.


physical model

 

 

the demand in large numbers of service ducts became the starting point in exploring design solutions. after virtual and physical prototypes, it was clear that the channels and bearing systems can be blended into one larger frame to create an incredible overhanging web. this three-dimensional network of ducts, manifolds and pipes creates a spatially stable structure which encircles and bear blocks located at the base — bigger and heavier. some of the ducts go to the top, forming strings of overlapping structures over the atrium. at the bottom, tubes are concentrated in bunches like tree trunks that begin to branch upwards. the pipes are supposed to be built with C-Fab / branch technology, which 3D prints spatial reinforcement for surfaces of any complexity that can be combined with conventional fillers. then, all final pieces would be assembled on site.


Physical model of the fragment

 

 

to ensure stability of the framework, more ducts and pipes are needed for the lab supply — yet some remain empty with a bearing capacity. in the future, if required, empty vessels could be put in operation or contrariwise, the functional ones could be stopped. thereby the proposal supposes flexibility and possibility for re-organization — like a complete living system assuming a step by step evolution. finally, the exterior of the science center also discloses a metaphor on living organisms. the shell tightly enveloping the structure recalls the veins under the skin or tree roots under asphalt. even more, in some places it becomes translucent, letting the scattered light penetrate.

 

the interior of the building complex is rich in public and semi-public spaces. the abundance of structural ‘trunks’ makes offers a gradation of zones with different level of privacy — enabling employees to look for a more comfortable surrounding to communicate and interact with their colleagues.


bearing supply structure


fragment of the building section


bird’s eye view of the research facility


structural concept diagram


functional diagrams

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    491,175 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample