enric ruiz geli interview: cloud 9 at venice architecture biennale
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sep 18, 2012
enric ruiz geli interview: cloud 9 at venice architecture biennale


‘cloud 9 installation’ by enric ruiz-geli for the spanish pavilion at the 2012 venice biennale
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spanish architect enric ruiz-geli of the elbullifoundation has developed the ‘cloud 9 installation,’ a new approach to sustainable design practices
as part of the spanish pavilion at the 2012 architecture biennale in venice. analogous to a chef who makes food based on components,
cloud 9 views our world in terms of similarly structured particles which are made up of several elements:

‘our architecture becomes part of a discourse that makes no distinction between objects and products, buildings and landscape,
sea and mountain, but which understands reality as performing particles.’ 

the function of the particles is to create a cloud of information whereby each particle contains sociological and practical information
about its specific geographic point, which constantly updates with that point’s needs and characteristics. the result is a synthesis of
qualitative and quantitative data consolidated into a living map to give us a true understanding of the actual needs of our planet,
not just based on our analysis created at a specific moment in time.

this figurative ‘cloud’ of information is rendered physically in a dome showcased in the middle of the spanish pavilion as a symbolic
reminder that it is always present. parametrically designed ceramic tiles are modeled after shark teeth as a canopy over a curved glass dome.
the base is surrounded by stones borrowed from the cap de creus natural reservation in northeast spain and previous models of cloud 9.


interview with enric ruiz-geli
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glass dome is a small-scale rendition of the bulli foundation’s building
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model of ‘el bulli foundation’
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shark-tooth ceramic roof tiles and rocks from cap de creus
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book illustrating the theory of cloud 9
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walkthrough of the installation


videos along the wall explain the concepts
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‘millenium dome (capula del milenio)’ project
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timelapse of ‘capula del milenio’


‘media ICT’
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timelapse of ‘media ICT’ skin construction


architect enric ruiz-geli
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