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