The term “intermediate” describes the situation of the in-between. When the term intermediate relates to space it´s meanings on the architectural scale can be various, ranging from the zones between the public and the private – the common?, to building gaps, distances between building elements and even intermediate situations – “Zwischennutzungen”. On the larger scale the intermediate space can refer to less defined zones between clearly defined ones. Sometimes planed, more often the intermediate space occurs as an un-planned phenomenon.
In several building cultures the intermediate is understood as an integral part. In the Greek model of the “Polykatoikia” the intermediate refers as much to the spatial dimension (the not finished parts between the levels) as to the dimension of time (the condition of the unfinished).
For 28 years the city of Berlin experienced an intermediate space of a different size, the “Niemandsland”, the zone between East Berlin and West Berlin, which was not to be entered by anyone but offered after the fall of the wall a huge reservoir of inner-city building land. In ever more increasing dense inner-cities intermediate spaces become sacred, such as the gaps between buildings in Berlin, and disappear.
Facing the COVID- 19 pandemic, the intermediate space gained new attention – as the distance that we have to keep between each other, as well as neglected spaces in dense urban neighbourhoods that suddenly gain new meaning to the inhabitants during various levels of shut down.
This studio deals with the topic of the intermediate space, ranging from the small to the very large scale and itsqualities for our urban areas.
- Trainer/in HSA: Zareh, Vesta Nele