The idea of conceiving a multi-functional building is not new. Bringing together different functions in the same complex meets the needs of the contemporary, just like our laptop, which includes various programs that work and coexist in the same given space.
In cases where exclusive areas require specific purposes, in the same building you may come across a section dedicated to workspaces and other sections with a restaurant, a gym, a conference room or any other possible purpose that can be contained and integrated in the general structure.
The project becomes much more challenging when the aim is to assign more functions to the same space: this means radically changing its “static” nature to make it fluid and variable. We have limited space on our planet and this space is precious and can’t be wasted: that’s why we decided to reshape it into a flexible element.
If the space function is discontinuous in time, time should then define space. To make this idea a reality we need surfaces without structural impediments, a building conformation that optimises acoustic performance and foldable and removable interior furnishings, functional for mobility. What makes the difference is the nature of the materials, along with the ability to combine them efficiently. We could never express the form-function fluidity we conceived with using traditional materials such as cement and steel. These materials would lead the project to become a massive and static construction.
Mass timber technology, together with a novel interaction between spaces, combines working environments such as coworking, lounge area, conference rooms. Thus promoting comfortable coexisting environments that have a recreational purpose, such as the concert hall or the cinema, the coffee shop, the outdoor gym.
The Y shape recalls a trunk with branches and aims to generate economic, technological, and cultural connections in the future. It should represent a possible solution of continuity between the forest that surrounds the site and a new arising city of wooden buildings. Establishing an organic relationship between the growing forest generating resources and the town that usefully employs them is a distinct path we must have the audacity to take.
It takes audacity to establish a distinctive path based on the organic relationship between a growing forest resource and a town that will cleverly employ it.