To introduce the third and final phase of the semester, the students participated to a workshop on visualisation. The goal of this introduction is to simulate perspectives that will communicate both ambiances and dimensions of the designed space. Each group defined the perspectives that describe best their project, including one overview, two detail views and one section perspective.
The first phase of the semester will address the organisation and form of the site. A series of workshops is programmed to introduce the students to the topology of the Klybeckinsel resulting in a design hypothesis for the Beach Bank Basel. The site strategy postulates a new river arm cutting through the current harbour railway and connecting to the docking bay at the Dreiländereck where it joins again the Rhine. It takes into account the Wiese river and the urban areas adjacent to the site. The water flow will be regulated by a weir between Klybeck and the southern tip of the new island, allowing for controlled water conditions, and allow the Klybeck bank to accommodate the beach. Through precise landscape modelling of the park beach and of the opposite island, the students are asked within this phase to develop topographical prototypes capable of adapting to the dynamics of the water. Each riverbank will be treated according to its exposure, accessibility, and to the variation in water levels. The beach bank should also allow access to the adjacent riverbanks, and present a vision for the role value of a public open space in this part of Basel.
The goal of the studio is about transforming the Klybeck Insel, modifying its topology towards new urban and landscape conditions. Different scenarios may emerge depending on the way dynamic forces—such as water, sedimentation, vegetation and urbanisation—are staged together and interact with each other. We will be concerned with the geometry of the ground, the composition of space and the organisation of contemporary urban and leisure activities. Work in the studio is about making the future more visible through drawings, models, maps and various other notations. The tools you already master combined with new tools that we will introduce to you throughout the semester will help set up and verify the fundamental parameters of your design project. The work will be conducted following a topological design approach that is developed over the last several years at our chair, integrating the physical, scientific, and poetic properties of a particular site in a single meaningful whole. Students will need to balance the artificial displacement of material together with the natural of erosion and sedimentation provoked by the water dynamics. Students will be asked to imagine scenarios that will use and modulate extracted materials topographically for a variety of purposes ranging from landscape design to urban and waterfront design. In other words this means that no ground material will be brought-in or transported out of the site. The topographic process will transform the landscape reinforcing its relationship to the water’s edge and to adjacent urban areas. This is first and foremost an exercise in site planning and landscape evolution elaborated through the management of water surfaces and topography. The design scale ranges from the architectural object to the overall site. Students must get comfortable with different landscape scales. The precise character given to the Beach Bank area will depend on the design choices made for each scale. The studio will bring several concerns together: Landscape: topography, drainage and vegetation; Architectural: buildings, structures and urban design; Infrastructural: hydrology, circulation and services. Students will apprehend the scale of landscape by assessing designated areas within the site and will be asked to recognise various edge conditions. These edges will reveal a variety of landscape elements in shape, space and time. A critical assessment of these edges will lead to a better understanding of possible design decisions for the project. Some of these edges have a higher degree of resistance offering more or less permeable boundaries (visual and physical) from one space to another. By slight modifications, other edges may have the potential to reconfigure and bring change. The edge in this sense is not fixed but becomes a dynamic generating process for new topographies in an overall landscape strategy. What will the formal aspect of your design be? What is your aesthetic orientation and which image will you show for a plausible development over time? Working on a reduced scale of site through the investigation of edges will help raise issues of materials, construction, separation, definition and development of space in the landscape. This design project must lead to a challenging design for the Beach Bank Basel by constructing a landscape vision for this site. It must clearly be understandable, and communicate the fundamental aesthetic choices that you have developed. A range of scales will be explored from 1/200 to 1/1000. Various modes of representation and media will be tested to investigate different design possibilities. There will be a constructive and creative dialogue between drawing, modelling, and computer 3D visualization.