Architecture Design Option Studio — ARCHITECTURE AS LANDSCAPE (Barozzi/Kwon)

Mandatory lottery process
Open only to: 
MArch students
Required of: 
MArch students

Schedule: TR 1-5

The boundaries between architecture and landscape are labile.

Landscape understood in all its facets — physical, material, atmospheric, mental, and economic — influences the configuration of architecture. The architecture, in its turn, has the capacity to transform, modify and alter the landscape in which it is inserted. Each needs the other: there is a mutual feedback between landscape and architecture.

The role of architecture consists not only creating objects to house human activities but also to form a whole, an artificial landscape for social relations. The process of constructing an artificial landscape requires interpretation of a place and different realities that shape it: physical, material, atmospheric, and imaginary.

The architecture must absorb all of these various dimensions and translate it into a project that will be specific to the site and bring out the uniqueness of things and their diversity through an empathic, perceptive, and emotional relationship with the surrounding environment.

The course will investigate the boundaries between architecture and landscape; it will explore the relationship between the specific condition of a place and the autonomous nature of an architecture.

The studio suggests to design the new Museum of the Alhambra (to date hosted in the Palace of Charles V). The project site is located in Granada, Spain, in a place called “Carmen de los Catalanes”, within the grounds of the Alhambra.

Due to the fragile environment and the Bosque de la Alhambra forest’s exceptional heritage value of the site, inserting a new architecture is challenging.

The aim of the studio is precisely to reflect on these critical issues and examine methods of physical and spatial intervention into a complex and sensitive region in terms of historical, environmental and urbanistic aspects.

The project has to respect the patrimonial and environmental bonds and create new public spaces that open to the city and boost the collective and social use of this area. It must include studies of the potential of the existing topography to identify adequate exhibition and public spaces for the Museum of the Alhambra’s collection.

The project should reflect the existing conditions and integrate with the “Carmen de los Catalanes” in order to create an architectural sequence closely linked to the experience of the place.