Currently, Architecture tries to eliminate any sense of memory and rely only on absolutes.Can contemporary architecture exploit object memory? What does that look like? And how can it better inform architectural form making?
This project sets out to answer these questions and explores how can architects better celebrate the embedded memory inherent in architectural form. The project is a proposal for an architectural pavilion that is made of a series of individual parts (objects) to make up an architectural whole. The pavilion is to be placed at Manitoga, the house and gardens of acclaimed potter and industrial designer Russel Wright. Like many of Russel Wright's dish designs, the project would rely heavily on techniques of handmade mass production and study the effects on the creation of architectural objects. The individual parts are made up of clusters of air-filled balloons covered in spray insulating foam. These clusters are then stacked up and carved away to create an interactive pavilion that attempts to hide and reveal the process and materials that made it. The pavilion was wired with lights where at night the color of inner balloon glows and reveals new information to the visitor.
This project reveals that architecture is as much part to whole as an individual is to its community. When relying on a process of mass production, variation is inevitable and it reflects the individual nature that architecture can have. Architecture is made in a certain place and time and with this proposal it can be celebrated and explored.
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