Assignment__Assemblages (forming the Kulturhus)


In what ways can the Kulturhus extend, amplify, complement, supplement (1) the activities and (2) infrastructures of its surroundings?

So far, the use of the Kulturhus has been mapped in relation to an examination and interpretation of the conditions found in the territory.  In part, its influence will be a factor of its ability to participate in the ebb and flow of metropolitan life.   But the city is infinitely complicated and complex.  How can we generate and evaluate many possible relationships before settling on just one?   Students are asked to generate a wide array of possible relationships visible: to investigate hunches about site and building together, in assemblages which knit the two into one continuous model.


  • Refine and substantiate the site selection for the Kulturhus through modeling.
  • Investigate how the Kulturhaus’ activity extends, alters, complements, supplements the activity of the territory.
  • Investigate how the Kulturhaus’ extends, alters, complements, supplements the pattern and quality of infrastructures in the territory.


  1. Begin with a series of Programmatic Massing models to investigate the relationship between  Kulturhus + Site activity.  This model does not separate site as a pre-existing receptacle in which to place the Kulturhus, but is a dynamic integration of  Kulturhus and site.

  2. Evaluate and reinterpret the organizational relationships discovered in Part 1, developing the most promising as tectonic models.   This second step will take some effort and time because its the moment when formal languages, not just basic relationships, are tested.  The goal is to uncover possible ‘grammars’ for the project.   Serra’s Verb list may help you initiate investigation, but its just a starting point.


  1. How does the Kulturhus participate in the site’s dynamics?
  2. How does the Kulturhus engage the site’s infrastructure?
  3. Is the formal language clear and convincing?  Does it describe the actual shape of the building or does it describe the buildings spatial organization.  Does it describe the way that organization affects activity or does it demonstrate tectonics or material concept?
  4. Does the form convey or support the agency of the Kulturhus?


M    02/03        Assignment launch
W    02/05        First study model due
F    02/07        Second study model due / In class workshop
M    02/10        Iterative study models due, 4pm Site Group Conversation 1
W     02/12        desk crit
F    02/14        Assemblage lecture, desk crit
M    02/17        desk crit
W    02/19        Review, Upper Core 2p-6p


  1. Programmatic massing model that demonstrates both the spaces of the Kulturhus AND the activities, infrastructures and spaces of the site.
  2. A minimum of (2) series of iterative study models that demonstrate ‘practice’ in operational modeling.
  3. An assemblage that describes the activity of the Kulturhaus in relation to site activity.
  4. A final study model that models both the entire building AND entire site.

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