nuno pimenta installs two manifolds viewpoint on s.miguel island, azores
 
nuno pimenta installs two manifolds viewpoint on s.miguel island, azores nuno pimenta installs two manifolds viewpoint on s.miguel island, azores
nov 01, 2016

nuno pimenta installs two manifolds viewpoint on s.miguel island, azores

 

in portugal, the azores archipelago is partly defined by the continuous search for new horizons, juggling between economic sustainability and the feeling of enclosure. following this idea, portuguese based nuno pimenta creates the two manifolds viewpoint — an artwork that explores the ‘dual’ relationship between the permanent and temporary, the act of going or staying. as expressed by the studio, ‘it invokes the desire to raise ourselves to be able to see a little more of this seemingly infinite horizon, this diffuse but concrete line that defines an uncertain periphery’.

 nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint s miguel azores designboom
two manifolds viewpoint: a landmark and connector
all images © rui soares

 

 

the viewpoint is located in santa clara, one of the most peripheral places of ponta delgada. although an underprivileged area, santa clara is known for its importance in the construction of the city port — one of the major exchange gates between the archipelago and the rest of the world. according to nuno pimenta, it was important to create a new centrality that emphasizes the urban periphery of the region. therefore, two manifolds becomes a landmark, a stopover and observation point that connects the site to the political and geographical contexts of azores.

nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint s miguel azores designboom
three different orientations established in the architectural structure

 

 

the installation is composed of two levels — a low point reserved for rest and stay, a higher one for observation and introspection– and oriented in three different directions to highlight the various degrees of proximity to the site. each level is made of distinct materials with different resistances to time; they were all built through processes of auto-construction and in collaboration with local artisans and volunteers.

 

taking into account the location — an inhospitable area exposed to the sea and winds — the lower level has a set of three concrete benches, like tetrapods that protect the area from the waters. ‘these benches suggest a new centrality and, due to its permanent character, record the intentions of the piece in case severe storms affect the place’, explains nuno pimenta. the top level is in cryptomeria wood which has temporary characteristics and is easy to disassemble for storage and maintenance purposes.

nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint s miguel azores designboom
it consists of two levels – a high point for observation and introspection , a lower one for rest and stay

 

 

as mentioned, this tripartite wooden box points at three directions: the first one, where the entrance is, points to santa clara and invites its residents to visit the viewpoint; a second, swung seaward, overlooks the port of ponta delgada which is the point of entry and exit of the island; the third leads to the opposite direction of the european political centre and reminds people of the ultra-peripheral conditions of the azorean archipelago — encouraging users to extend the context with their own eyes.

nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint s miguel azores designboom
two manifolds ‘invokes the desire to raise ourselves to be able to see a little more of this seemingly infinite horizon’

nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint s miguel azores designboom
the azores archipelago is partly defined by the continuous search for new horizons

nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint s miguel azores designboom
the artwork is located in santa clara, known for its importance in the construction of the city port

nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint s miguel azores designboom
the set of permanent concrete benches

nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint s miguel azores designboom
nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint : an exploration of opposites and dualities

nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint s miguel azores designboom
axonometric views: the different layers and materials

 

nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint s miguel azores designboom
the tripartite wooden box plan view: pointing to three places closely linked to local and geographical contexts

 

nuno pimenta two manifolds viewpoint s miguel azores designboom
elevation view of the two levels

 

 

project info:

 

materials: cryptomeria wood, concrete / 
4,46×3,86×3,86m
location:
ponta delgada, s.Miguel island, azores

producer:
 walk & talk azores – public art festival

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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