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Guy Dessauges

Turkey Architecture News - Oct 13, 2014 - 19:23   17490 views

Swiss artist Guy Dessauges, a sculptor and painter,proposed a ''tube housing tower'' in 1960s and he discusses the advantages and disadvantages of this idea below:


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Since the votes ancient cellars and Roman art, the concept has remained mis-path. A semicircle. The vote resists much larger than the flat ceiling pressures. For the same quality of materials. I got asked why we could not use the cylinder to build a house. The only problem was the diameter of the cylinder. You had to have a large enough diameter to install two floors. The idea is crystallized in ten minutes. 

I built a model and the scale of the characters. Both formats have enough Unable rapidement.Le diameter of 6 meters and that of 8 meters. Both diameters are suitable to a human being 180 cm. By manufacturing models I and rflchissais dsavantages many benefits of the cylindrical shape. I dcouvris pretty quickly that I should consider advantages. 


Any attempt to decrier the disadvantages, would destroy the idea in the bud! The cylindrical shape is extremely strong, whether in concrete or polyester


Idea for a tower of prefabricated housing in tubes

I opted for the polyester: polyester between two arm plates (laminated) of textile glass, a layer of polyurethane foam of 30 centimeters would isolate perfectly the cylinder. It not n'tait Necessary to invent a new hardware or a new system of construction. Everything was already.


by Guy Dessauges, Zurich 1960s

In polyurethane foam would install the cables and pipes for viability. The curve would place cabinets. The interior would look like a normal house.  
FOUND The diameter was required a length. After some calculations I dcouvris that if I cut the cylinder through an angle of 45 degrees I had two balconies well exposs the light 


Another advantage, if I turned on the cylinder itself, the whistle gave shade the facade. In a jiffy, I had several adquates solutions. A model for the North and one for the south! This gave me the length of the cylinder for optimal light to the bottom of the cylinder.  
The rear part o was the kitchen and between left cut right angle. Once finished the first model I realized that my idea was an idea of engineer, not an artist's idea! 

I thought c'tait an advantage for raliser a prototype heavily ... I was wrong! 


To learn more of this story read Volume 2 and 3 of my memoirs! A good idea that comes at the wrong time and the wrong place has no chance!

From 1964 1968 I lived adventures thunderous seeking raliser this idea ... That alone was worth it ... I just abandoned in 1969 because I was in priority than a living, which is not easy in my beautiful country, and everywhere aillor finally.

8 meter diameter

6 meter diameter

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