hacienda vitor peru

HACIENDA, Speciation Vs Typology
Designed by ahylo studio
Project Director: Ioulietta Zindrou
Design team: Panagiotis Lianos, Georgia Voudouri
Location: Valle de Vitor, Peru
Client: Quimera hg.
Area: 90ha
Year: 2010

Hacienda is an ongoing investigation into strategies of mixed use intervention in a rural territory. The particularities of the landscape, the various programmatic elements and the local real estate economy are only few of the inherent antagonisms in the definition of the design problem. This complex set of spatial and temporal forces is harvested for its singularities of momentary equilibria. Our primary aim has been the definition of a consistent design system which is able to continuously re-evaluate new inputs. A series of feedback mechanisms between current/future inputs and the existing field of forces allow for the constant forming of the system itself. It is a platform of self-organization of territorial conflicts which seeks to emphasize their emergent material character in the urban and architectural scale.
We shift from the notion of the master-plan to the logic of the master-algorithm: the conflicting force fields are analyzed and encoded into an adaptive system of local negotiation which is able to pause, re-evaluate and restart the design development of the territory as many times as needed without loosing its consistency. The algorithm has been fine-tuned to allow for the emergence of different meta – patterns (behavioral qualities) through the intrinsic tendencies of the negotiation over time.
The generative system that has been developed for the design of the building masses is conceived as an evolutionary system able of speciation. The emphasis in the architectural scale of the intervention is in the shift from the typological classification of the building masses to a different kind of consistency in the field which allows for topologically open-ended results. While all the proposed building masses share the same algorithmic principles, the logic of the subdivision of space yields highly differentiated results in terms of form, function and construction. This technique is applied across a number of scales, and choreographs their population by introducing aggregation and subdivision logics towards larger scale building units and neighborhoods. The design proposal is the result of this procedure of constant osmosis which leads to a field of territorial momentary equilibrium