timescape morphs geometric sculptures with nature
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nov 14, 2013
timescape morphs geometric sculptures with nature


timescape morphs geometric sculptures with nature
all images courtesy of pfbernardodias

 

 

 

exploring notions of the picturesque and the potential of architectural decay, chaiki yatsui, bernardo dias and zhong qiuying have designed ‘timescape’ as part of their final thesis for the bartlett school M.arch program. immersed in nature, a series of autonomous structures stand along the river bank in coimbra, portugal. attempting to connect the urban fabric with the local national park, the contingency of the architecture is exposed – as the sculptures embrace their imperfections. the contrasting site conditions, the sharp edges of the built environment and the morphogenesis of nature – work to define an interface, shaped by this transitory momentum. the virtual side of the project explores the geometry of interlocking bricks, generated in 3D the pieces were cast using local materials; earth, cork, sand and cement, which when mixed in different ratios can be decomposed through high pressures of water. their morphological shape means that some parts are concrete based and structural, while others are more fragile, porous and textural. this process enables the architecture to be sacrificed to the wider landscape, creating a series of informal spaces that are both intriguing and uncertain.

 

‘it will have structures that initiate the form, but over time concede their role to other structural components. as one material energy saps away and others take over, the architecture may begin to rake and twist, whatever shape it takes, to reveal its origins in the landscape.’ says the designers.

 

 


a series of autonomous structures are immersed in nature on the riverside coimbra in portugal

 

 


the canopy riverside

 

 


the grotto riverside 

 

 


‘timescape’ park gate riverside

 

 


section concept image

 

 


grotto section riverside

 

 


model 3D printed bricks aggregation

 

 


model 3D prints bricks, aggregation and landscape

 

 


material research water jet studies with concrete, earth, cork and bricks

 

 


pfbernardodias ‘timescape’ model 1:1 final aggregation after cast concrete, earth, cork, and bricks

 

 


model 1:1 bigaggregation concrete, earth, cork, and bricks

 

 

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