Petracchin / Ark Architecture

Ark Architecture Space Suspension Strategies

Author: Alberto Petracchin, Politecnico di Milano

Supervisor: Sara Marini, Professor, (Iuav), Politecnico di Milano; Alessandro Rocca, Professor Dr., (Polimi), AUID, DAStU, Politecnico di Milano

Research stage: Intermediate doctoral stage

Category: Extended abstract


The contribution aims to construct a journey towards the figure of the ark. After a brief analysis of the mythological tales where the ark originates, the reasons and the contemporary scene from which the ark emerges will be discussed followed by its strategy of action in time. Some examples from the history and theories of architecture will be used to think about some authors who have already expressed on this theme and who therefore constitute the theoretical foundation within the disciplinary boundaries; consequently, some examples of contemporary arks, whose objective is the refounding of space by means of a suspension, will be considered. Finally, an attempt will be made to reflect on the conclusions of this research, that is, to deal with ark as architectures of expectation.

Keywords: Ark Architecture. Space Suspension Strategies