Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen are presenting a concept for a megastructure developed from a hundred overlapping circular enclosures, as component of an exhibition in the Czech Republic (+ slideshow).
Pezo von Ellrichshausen worked with architecture students from the Technical University of Liberec on the undertaking Infinite Motive, which imagines a sprawling architectural structure made from circles in a broad selection of sizes.
It is one particular of two performs on display at the Gallery of Modern Art/House of Artwork in České Budějovice as portion of the exhibition Finite Format.
According to the architects, the aim of the task was to investigate the capability for architectural experimentation when constrained to a single repeating element – in this case, the circle.
The duo have produced a series of drawings exploring this, the two in configurations of 10 and one hundred circles. They have also constructed a huge scale model out of cardboard, which types a centrepiece for the exhibition.
The seemingly random arrangement of the shapes demonstrates the scope of room shapes and sizes achievable, despite the original constraint. Some are even now round, others are crescent shaped, but the vast majority are much more complex.
The sense of scale is emphasised by a series of doorways lower by way of the walls, as properly as by the addition of figurines.
The project can be witnessed as a continuation of the architects’ ongoing curiosity in architecture that adheres to a stringent geometry. Examples of this incorporate their strictly gridded Casa Meri and the symmetrical Casa Pezo.
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“We think the attractiveness of vernacular architecture resides in its unapologetic sense of naiveté, in its fragile sense of ingenuity, of being ‘unaware of itself’, intuitive, primitive, innate, practically a sheer item of organic commandments, an instinct,” mentioned Pezo and von Ellrichshausen.
“But architecture is far from that authentic innocence,” they added. “It is in fact an explicit opposition to nature.”
“Architecture is a solution of cause it is an artefact, a a lot more or significantly less intentional gadget. While nature is somehow given, architecture is constructed by motives, functions, by artificial orders.”
Infinite Motive is presented alongside a 2nd operate – comprising two collections of 243 paintings. Each sets of photographs show a easy rectilinear volume incrementally adapted into a assortment of different forms.
Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen established their architectural studio in 2002 in Concepción, Chile. Their very own house and studio is a 7-storey tower with rough concrete walls and a complex layout.
“Above more than 10 years, the architects have produced a remarkably concise body of function, with a distinctive signature fashion, independent of the latest trends, and with a clear eye in direction of designing structures imbued with enduring value,” said the gallery’s chief curator, Michal Škoda.
“The work of Pezo von Ellrichshausen can be described as possessing a clear signature fashion, a single that is based mostly on basic geometry and is not subject to any design and style trends or the most recent special technologies,” he added.
“The aforementioned absence of design is regarded an essential element, for good architecture is not about appearances but must make certain that we have the ideal attainable expertise from the space.”
The exhibition continues until finally 19 November 2015. It is supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of the Republic of Chile.