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.
OVO in Fideris, Switzerland by Camilo Rebelo
April 9th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Camilo Rebelo
EGG project was an order from a client full of restlessness – OJ.
In a second stage, OJ threw us the challenge to design and build a space to receive and expose the ‘Seed’, promoting a deep reflection between Art and Architecture. The designed space is in the basement of his home in Fideris, located in the Swiss Alps.
The ‘Trojan Egg’ was the first stage of the project. The objective of this wooden egg was to create a void, revealing a new dimension and through it enhance mystery. The mystery is a condition that is very close to disappear from our civilization. This value is for us one of the main reasons for life and the egg is the dimension we choose to express it.
As architects, from the beginning, we wanted to design a space that was in fully consonance with Rui Chafes’s sculpture. The ‘Seed’ brought us immediately issues related to the purity and the origin of our existence and in this sense our proposal was to build a cocoon, avoiding the usual edges.
The project seeks to establish a direct relationship between three components: sculpture, void and the observer.
Weight and thickness were key aspects to this construction. This space was almost entirely constructed with white concrete which has been poured at once from the upper floor, between the ancient masonry stone walls and the wooden mold.
The lighting, indirect and mysterious, arises through the floor where a very thin marble layer allows to emphasize its translucent nature, omitting the source. The intensity and the light colour can be changed allowing different perceptions of the space and the sculpture, in real time. The experience is always unique, unrepeatable and personal. The ‘Seed’ is suspended in the air.
The draft formwork in particular, held in a noble material, Wood, reflects the materialization of a regular geometric volume, known in mathematical language as Ellipsoid and whose production process had this parametric equation that gives ‘life’ to that shape! The use of computer-assisted production technologies and the use of a particular methodology of CNC programming (DMP – Design Math Program) allowed flexibility in the production of each structural component. New volumes within the same typology are thus possible without any additional programming effort. The translation into mathematical language of the creative process elevates the status of the static form into a new dimension where the ability to mutate is allowed!
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