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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Sandworm in Wenduine, Belgium by Marco Casagrande

 
April 5th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Marco Casagrande

Sandworm is an organic structure/space/creature realized on the dunes of the Wenduine coastline, Belgium. The 45 meters long and 10 m wide and high installation moves freely in-between architecture and environmental art and is constructed entirely out of willow following the local knowledge of a continuing interaction between work and environment. Casagrande worked hard with his team of young architects and local experts for 4 weeks in order to create something that he describes as “weak architecture” – a human made structure that wishes to become part of nature through flexibility and organic presence.

Beaufort Triennial (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

  • Architect: Marco Casagrande
  • Name of Project: Sandworm
  • Location: Wenduine, Belgium
  • Project Manager: Nikita Wu / C-LAB
  • Beaufort Triennial Curator: Jonas Vandeghinste
  • Photos: Nikita Wu

Main hall (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

  • Casagrande Laboratory for Cicada: Jan Luksik, Jan Tyrpekl, Lukas Landa, Zuzana Hanuskova
  • Willow Experts: Karol Jaworski, Pawel
  • Beaufort Specialists: Santiago De Waele, Karl Van Kelst
  • Measures: 45 m long, 10 m wide, 10 m high
  • Interior space: 320 m2
  • Materials: willow, sand
  • Organizer: Beaufort 04 Triennial of Contemporary Art
  • Completed: 2012

Wenduine (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

The visitors are describing the Sandworm as a willow cathedral finely tuned to celebrate the site specific conditions of the Wenduine tidal beaches. The space is used for picnics, relaxation and post industrial meditation.

“Inside the sandworm you are greeted by a natural spectacle of light and shadow. I was amazed. How you can create such beauty with such simple natural materials. The artist believes that architectural control goes against nature and thus also agains architecture. The built human environment is a mediator between human nature and nature itself. To be part of this, man must be weak. To the Finnish artist Marco Casagrande designing is not sufficient. Design should not replace reality. The building must grow out of the location, it must react to its environment, it must be a reflection of life and also be itself, as every other living being.” – Peter Beyen.

Wenduine dunes (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

Designing is not sufficient. Design should not replace reality. The building must grow out of the location; it must react to its environment, it must be a reflection of life and also be itself, as every other living being. Architectural control goes against nature and thus also against architecture. The built human environment is a mediator between human nature and nature itself. To be part of this, man must be weak.

Beaufort Triennial 2012 (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

Sandworm at Wenduine beach (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

Sandworm (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

Sandworm (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

Sandworm (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

Sandworm (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

Sandworm (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Nikita Wu)

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