Hanging Hotel: A Suspended Campsite for Climbers / Dr. Margot Krasojevic

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Dr. Margot Krasojevic is known for using digital parameters to explore the psychological effects of architecture – materials and spatiality – on its inhabitants.  The Hanging Hotel / Suspended Campsite is one such project that was completed in October 2011 for Holden Manz Wine Estate Cape Town in Massif de L’ Esterel, (Gorges Du Vedron) South of .  The project is an investigation in the choreography of perceptions of the environment around us.  In this particular project, catering to rock climbers, Dr. Krasojevic uses compound glass and a prism louver system to alter how the climbers see their environment and stimulates different psychological experiences based on these subtle shifts in vision.

More on this project after the break.


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The Hanging Hotel is a composition of platforms and pods that are affixed to the existing granite through borehole foundations injected into the rock face that clamp the structure to the façade.  These platforms can be used as additional obstacles for the climbers, but are intended to be used as rest areas for a pause along the route. The primary structure of the platforms and their interior pods are composed of steel horizontal piles, columns and steel frame sections.  The secondary structure is the wooden walkway that supports the structure and creates a smooth geometry across the surface. Third is laminated plywood paneling and and a carbon fibre reinforced polymer shell that partitions the pods.  The structure is finished with elastic plaster and paint.

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But the most important ingredient to this mix of materials in the holographic filtered compound glass and prism louver system that creates the affects sought out by Dr. Krasojevic.  The glass first serves the practical purpose of protecting the climbers from harmful UVB rays from the sun.  The holographic filter reduces the glare and types of wavelengths that enter the pods.  For exhausted climbers this is an important aspect that also provides a safe environment in which to relax before continuing their climb.

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Because these filters are removable, it allows the experience of the pods to be choreographed based on the desired affect.  The louvers to which the filters are affixed wrap around the pods and create a shading system.  They also dim the sunlight and with certain tweaks of the filters they can produce mirages and illusions out of the true environment, altering colors and relationships of the views.  The design also takes advantage of the altitude, which can be disorienting in itself, as well as the exhaustion associated with rock climbing.

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The pods allow occupants to disassociate from the reality of the present moment by altering the visual components.  It works in two ways.  It provides mental relaxation and preparation for the rest of the climb and creates a meditative environment to aid recovery.  It can also “tune climbers in” to the reality of the environment by creating a hyperawareness about the nuances of light that our vision may not be accustomed to seeing. The pods are half construction, half excavation of the rock.  They can also be perceived as an extension of the rock wall.  Finger and fist jams are added to the concrete surface structure sprayed into the boreholes and over the surfaces creating an artificial climbing surface for access to the platforms.

Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "Hanging Hotel: A Suspended Campsite for Climbers / Dr. Margot Krasojevic" 04 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=222582>

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      Digital parameters and parametricism are not always the same thing so before you rubbish a project understand what and why you are doing so. As for it being merely an illustrative exercise is as deluded as your understanding of the potential behind parametric architecture. This project might be pretentious but it certainly questions typology, program and appropriation something which architecture has been known to do. Pushing the boundaries of form not solely as an exercise is important and I believe this project does just that.

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      Andrew thinks everything is RUBBISHHHHHHHH!

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    Mount this at grade and I am THERE!

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    This is an adrenaline fuelled project. Love it! Grade it at HS and I still would give it a go.

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      This is a methamphetamine fueled project. Love it! Grind it some more and I would give it a go

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        who are the idiots that thumbed this up?! it’s called SARCASM, you morons! do you know what methamphetamine is?

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      Why don’t you try reading one of the other images but I suspect no matter how clear an explanation you will remain confused.

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    It is only too easy to dismiss a scheme such as this as just design led parametrics espececially if you have no idea or experience of using this as a design as well as an engineering tool. Ignorance is always exposed with irresponsible comments that go nowehere and have no foundations for an objective dialogue which architecture needs when facing new techniques and possibilities. Its a great project and a risky one with an audience that refuses to open their eyes and learn.

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    digital rococo

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      This comment rocks!

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      yes

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    As a grade 5.10 climber I think this project is amazing.the design is a climbing frame accommodating portals she’s,brilliant stuff!

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        what is truly disgusting are some of the unnecessarily rude comments, mostly nothing to with architecture.

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    So many people are confused with what parametricism involves. It’s actually funny to read, nevertheless I like this project, a lot, and if this is the direction architecture is heading in than I am pleased. As an ex student of Louis Khan I can say whole heartedly it is pushing the dialogue between what we have come to expect and what we are yet to learn that makes architecture.

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    Thoroughly ashamed! (what we talking about again?whatever it is I want in)

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    This is a challenging vertical assault course, which any serious climber would welcome, it looks great and the surfaces are perfect for crimping. I really like it! People should chill out perhaps if they understood rock climbing they would be more positive.

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    This project takes a risk and it pays off, really like it. Woks well in it’s context.

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    I Think this project emphasises the precipitous nature of the site in a dramatic manner, sometimes being polite in such an environment just doesn’t work which is why I like this. Great stuff! Artificial and natural neither sedate or subservient.

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    I would have to disagree that this is merely a formal parametric exercise. Dr. Krasojevic has mixed parametrics and spatial perception with a perfect narrative of a rock climbers dream resting spot. This project pushes the boundaries of materiality, program, and gravity, and takes into account many of the nuances within the sport / lifestyle of rock climbing. Climbers are an adventurous lot, and this bold proposal is a testament to such a mentality. Dr. Krasojevic’s project is rigorously worked through, and a fine example of the application of parametrics in contemporary architecture.
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      Yours is an equally arrogant comment, how do you know whether the community was involved or not? And what exactly do you mean by cultural relevance? Some argue and rightfully so that there is no such thing anymore but in this case it is a building on a granite rockface the nearest villages are 30 miles away from what I can remember ….what do you suggest? The Lac de Sainte-croix is an artificial lake what is so cultural about this and it is in the close vicinity of the hanging hotel.

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    我喜欢这个设计,或许会有很多人有不同想法,但不管什么原因,这个建筑,已体现了设计者对设计完美理解.
    还想说的任何完美建筑都存在争议!

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      As a grade 5.10 climber I think this project is amazing.the design is a climbing frame accommodating portals she’s,brilliant stuff!
      You might know a little something about climbing but obviously have no idea about architecture!

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      You might know a little something about climbing but obviously you know jack about architecture!

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      An 80′s throwback!!! Explains EVERYTHING. Time to shuffle into 2012 dude!

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      Target market? This isn’t a lesson in branding. You might know a little something about climbing but OBVI- You do not know “jack” about architecture!

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    I Think this project emphasises the precipitous nature of the site in a dramatic manner, sometimes being polite in such an environment just doesn’t work which is why I like this. Great stuff! Artificial and natural neither sedate or subservient.

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    我喜欢这个设计,或许会有很多人有不同想法,但不管什么原因,这个建筑,已体现了设计者对设计完美理解.
    还想说的任何完美建筑都存在争议!

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    This is a great project, I can’t wait to visit it. Not for the faint-hearted. Nature and man made structure choreographed beautifully! An adrenaline rush!

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    So many bitter comments? I know architecture is a competitive business but no other creative profession is so aggressive and rude. Absolutely no encouragement or conversation, constructive criticism or civilised exchange of views, so very sad.

    Or are these comments by frustrated ex employees who just lack initiative and enthusiasm to dedicate to design.
    Jealousy only too easily replaces creativity: if you lack talent then just post some disgraceful comments in the hope that it will make you feel better. Absolutely shameful!

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      I completely agree with you Axi:ome. It is really a sad state of affairs if people only know how to be rude and disgustingly so without even making a point. All offensive language should be screened from blogs like these, thoroughly shameful and indecent!

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        Saying you don’t like a project is not the problem at all, why should everyone agree not everyone likes or respects the same thing, it is the manner in which you say it that can be very offensive. Nobody should have to read about wanking in reference to an architectural project it is really unnecessary as a statement.

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