BART JAN POLMAN, JOHANNA MUSZBEK, MAURIZIO BIANCHI MATTIOLI
Ábel Kiss, Agnieszka Turczynska, Anna Smyczyńska, Áron Szabó, Ben Summers, Danique van Hulst, Dóra Komlóssy, Guiseppe Ferrigno, Laura Nica
This rolling pub is a social condenser of sorts. It smoothly brings together the different crowds of the village, in a way that only the best pubs can do. It rolls and offers a multitude of possible configurations for the multitude. It has an audience. Distilling from the creators’ own experience and society at large, three defined types of pub-users represent the village as a whole: the Lonely Drinker, the Social Drinker, and the Exhibitionist. Each of these three types of “drinkers” has their own place in this rotating wheel of everlasting pleasure. Its features and users are clear.
The Lonely Drinker, for example, is a type we've all encountered—or been—at some stage in our lives. Maybe we are still Lonely Drinkers, secretly. And for these drinkers our wheel of fortune has a very special place: A Hammock of everlasting isolation. In the hammock, the drinker can drink, isolated, away from the crowds, and contemplate his or her contemplations. It is peaceful. It is lonely. It respects your distance.
Then there is the Social Drinker. You know, the type that's always up for a beer—or maybe something stronger. The type who can drink in a bar as easily as on a square or in the woods: As long as there are people, as long as (s)he can talk and interact. For these drinkers, too, we have a special place in this rotunda of love: A stair of social interaction. Like the Spanish Steps (only smaller) it will invite the crowds to sit, drink, and talk. It will be the village meeting spot. We'll see you at the stair someday.
Finally, then, there is the third type of drinker. The dancer. The exotic. The one who drank too much. In other words: The Exhibitionists who are driven by the urge to share their very special features—whether talking, dancing or having sex—with an audience that cannot be large enough. For these friends, the masters of showmanship, our circle of all-compassing fun has an arena to share: A stage, waiting for the first show to happen.The hammock, the stair and the stage are located within the depth of the wheel, and the exact design of these three programmatic elements will de decided with the students. Its features and users are clear.
The wheel itself, however, can also be approached from both sides, where the large round circles offer a place to hang serving planks that will work as conventional bars.
Maurizio Bianchi Mattioli is a practicing architect in New York City. Graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science in advanced Architectural Design in 2010 and the University ofSouth Florida in 2006. Maurizio had received high honors awards in excellence for design from both institutions. Currently working as an Associate Architect at WORKac, heading the design of multiple international projects. Before joining WORKac Maurizio collaborated with THEVERYMANY/Marc Fornes in a permanent installation for Centre Pompidou and artist/architects Arakawa + Gins. Maurizio has taught design studio at the PRATT Institute in collaboration with Peter Macapia as well as being an active design critic at Columbia University and Penn State University among other institutions.
Bart-Jan Polman is an architect from the Netherlands who lives and works in New York City. He graduated with distinction from Delft University of Technology in 2008, and received his Master's in Advanced Architectural Design with honors from Columbia University in 2010, where he was a Fulbright fellow. He currently works on various projects for Bernard Tschumi Architectsin New York, and teaches with Tschumi at Columbia University. He is interested in the crossing-lines between Politics and Architecture, and his writings have been published in several places, including Volume magazine.
Johanna Muszbek is a practicing architect and landscape architect in London and until recently in New York City, where she worked for Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Steven Holl Architects on projects such as The Visual Arts School in Iowa and the Cite de l’Ocean Museum in Biarritz.
She graduated from the MSc. Advanced Architectural Design Program at Columbia University in 2010 as Fulbright Grantee. She was awarded the Kinne Fellowship prize for her research proposal Case Studies of Urban Beaches, which she is currently developing. In 2007 she received the Golden Cross State Award of the Hungarian Republic for her achievements. Muszbek received an MA in Architecture at Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design in 2006 Budapest, where she also taught as adjunct professor in 2008. In 2004, she was representing Hungarian Architects in the British Council’s “Rising Stars in the Newly Joining EU Countries”Program. She co-founded the award winning Ujirany Group in 2001 after winning the opportunity to design the Millennium Park in Budapest, which was granted the Europa Nostra and the Budapest Novum Award for Design Excellence. Ujirany Group has been addressing urban problems through innovative design solutions and public art projects such as the ASLA Award winning urban mapping project and Budapest Plage and FLOKKK.