This article presents a compilation and analysis of different void typologies in several buildings designed by UNStudio. The Void Analysis project was carried out by our Innovative Organisations Platform (IOP). In addition to providing useful insight and knowledge, this article serves as a reference guide of how to use a void as a design tool in future projects.

The following text is an extraction of the full research article.
A download link to the full document (PDF) can be found at the bottom of this post.

Diagram: Void Analysis Chart for UNStudio projects, categorised by the topics of the analysis presented below.

For the classification of projects, this void analysis follows the UNStudio Workfields organisation, which exceeds the traditional classification of function toward contemporary requirements for the built environment and focuses on the fusing of programmes. UNStudio categorises these hybrid and combinatorial categories of building typologies as the following workfields: Super Living, Work, Culture & Commerce, New Campus, Mobility+, and Pilots & Products.

Void Analysis: UNStudio Projects

The Void Analysis document examines twelve UNStudio projects with the aim of presenting a wide range of different void typologies that were designed and implemented according to programmatic requirements, design intentions, and site location. The presentation of each project (2 pages each) consists of the following:

1. Introduction
2. Characteristics of each Void Typology
3. Key Signature Parameters, including special features.

The last section of the document consists of a chart comparing the projects for analysis or input for future projects, based on the following topics: Circulation, Spatial Features, Urban Context, Visual Links, Sunlight, Way Finding, and Inside/Outside.

The void in relation to both vertical and horizontal circulation. The location of the staircases, elevators, escalators, and walkways in connection with the void.

Spatial Features:
The volume and the architectural elements of the void. This category refers mostly to the void that generates a spatial experience and is designed according to programme requirements.

Urban Context:
The relation of the void to the urban landscape and how it is used as a transition field between the urban context and the building itself.

Visual Links:
The void as an element enabling, preventing and/or redirecting visual connections for the users of the building.

The relation of the void to the roof and the facades with respect to facilitating sunlight penetration into and throughout the building.

The void as an orientation element inside the building.

Inside / Outside:
The void in relation to the facade: how it is reflected in the building envelope.


Posted by: UNStudio / Innovative Organisations Platform