Amatruda Penthouse

Kovac, T 2004, Amatruda Penthouse, (Creative Work : Digital work).


Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title Amatruda Penthouse
Author(s) Kovac, T
Year 2004
Type of work Digital work
Outlet Metamorphy 2004, 9th International Architecture Biennale,Venice, Italy
Dates 12 September - 7 November 2004
Medium Computer aided design (unbuilt)
Summary RESEARCH BACKGROUND
Tom Kovac's several tower designs are configured as complex organisms internally, with cross-sections that appear like puff pastry where walls and floors seem to morph, creating sinuous, stacked architectural forms.

RESEARCH CONTRIBUTION
This tower was undertaken as a speculative penthouse design for an apartment tower located at the edge of Melbourne's freeway system. The project comprises a structural frame covered with a sensor-embedded glass skin that would carry changes in its external appearance in response to the client's movements within the dwelling, as well as to such external factors as traffic movement, noise, and weather. As such, the project offers an innovative speculation on how future technological development may integrate structural materials and ephemeral change in architecture.

RESEARCH SIGNIFICANCE
Kovac was invited to exhibit this design as part of the Italian exhibition at the 9th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, and was also included in Leon Van Schaik's Melbourne Masters Architecture exhibition. The design was published in the catalogue accompanying the Biennale show and in books including the esteemed 10x10_2: 100 Architects, 10 Critics by Phaidon Press and Van Schaik's Mastering Architecture: Becoming a Creative Innovator in Practice.
Subject Architectural Design
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