szovetseg'39 saves critical shorelines with caltrope system szovetseg'39 saves critical shorelines with caltrope system
dec 20, 2013

szovetseg'39 saves critical shorelines with caltrope system

szovetseg’39 saves critical shorelines with caltrope system
all images courtesy of szövetség’39

 

 

 

budapest-based szövetség’39 has won the grand prix award for their ‘caltrope’ project in an international architecture competition, organized by the jacques rougerie foundation. entered under the ’architecture and sea level rise’ category, the design consists of a lace-like structure that is able to collect river sediment with the help of mangrove plants. due to rising sea levels, the implementation of these modules aims to balance the natural dynamics and forces of the delta regions, working as a catalyst to provoke positive changes at the most critical shoreline points.

 

 


‘caltrope project’
video courtesy of szovetseg 39

 

 

blending a mixture of concrete, organic materials and local resources, the water depth defines the height of the system, which is variable from one to three levels. the containers serve as incubators for young mangrove saplings that eventually get stronger with time to become self-supporting, forming a natural dam. the caltrope lace is only visible at low tide, resulting in very little impact on the overall landscape – the structure mostly remains underwater, influencing the shape of tree groups. an organic pattern grows out of the modules, visualizing hydrodynamics, shoreline, and sea level rise.

 

 


the system aims to balance the natural dynamics and forces of the delta regions

 

 


the lace-like structure is able to collect river sediment with the help of mangrove plants

 

 


the modules provoke positive changes at the most critical shoreline points

 

 


local crafting and fabrication skills are involved in the production process

 

 


the organic pattern grows out of the modules, visualizing hydrodynamics, the shoreline, and rising sea levels

 

 


3D model of the system

 

 


diagram

 

 

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.

  • MORE. Any architectural response to the imminent event of rising sea levels needs to be highly visible, as it may be the only way to bring “home” this slow catastrophe to a broader audience. DB should have a category solely devoted to design responses to climate change.

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