"He brought me out into the expanse; He rescued me for He delighted in me".     Psalms 18:19

 1. Walking out into the plain

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out into

2. Raising a shelter

Argo's Shadow

marks, productions

a cover

3. Gathering

basecamp

suites, an incidental composition

looking

4. Walking out into the plain

Architecture, therefore, could also be about leaving.

1. Walking out into the plain

We wish to address issues of transience and temporality.

It is a temporary structure and  should  not be built to last. Where we are continuously moving across a global expanse, we would like to investigate the possibility for a shelter, an interior. We arrive without foundations, always anew to the site. We propose a structure that takes from the site nothing but stories and leaves behind only memories.

 

2. Raising a shelter

This aim required the development of the lightest of possible structures, brought to site in several backpacks. It was developed in our workshop, over a period o a year, via a series of prototypes and loading tests, accompanied by parametric modelling and digital structural analysis. The materials used seem simple; they are, however, based on advanced technologies. It is not about a vernacular, but about simplicity of assembly.

Aluminium poles (7075 T9) are assembled into two horseshoe-shaped arcs, crossed and doubled for load bearing, and braced with internal and external supports. Button-knots fasten the arcs at their intersections, and webbing straps hold their ends in tension on the ground. Above and below, locally sourced agricultural light diffusion nets, with filtration between 30-60%, are layered.

A module is defined. Each weighing 7 kg.

Like the fable of the Reed and the Oak, the structure’s resilience lies in its ability to sway.

The way in which the building and it's inhabitants engage with the land is imperative. The ground holds everything, although we are just slightly touching it. The structure is held in place with weights, filled with material from the site. They are also used for seating and rest, engaging the visitors with the ground as well. In case of a storm, the sand is watered to increase its density and the overall weight.

The shelter is formulated between weight and weightlessness. Between technologies of exploration and technologies of agriculture. Between moving and staying. The space changes throughout the shifting daylight and daily events, throughout the changing climates of the seasons, throughout its lifespan. It engages constantly with its visitors.

Like the Ship of Theseus, it pledges for gradual recycling, reassembly and re-emergence.

 

3. Gathering

When positioned and com-positioned on site, the generic module becomes contextual. The context as a three-dimensional physicality to integrate into. The context as a situation. It creates a place  for a multitude of events - hosting, gathering, solitude and contemplation. It call for movement, transit: Out into a suite of interior and exterior environments in the space of the site. The composition of modules offers new environments on site - multiple situations, episodes, atmospheres to be explored, inside or outside. It is a safe place for rest. It forms a vestibule, an series of rooms, a court within a court, an exit.

 

4. Walking out into the plain

The structure is as an episode, a station, in a visitor’s day. It is not only about the experience of arrival and staying, but also about the experience of an ongoing travel to be continued.

Architecture, therefore, could also be about leaving.

Sway  _  with Liat Muller and Eyal Zur. Construction: Sack and Reicher, matterarc, Eyal Zur, Dale Design, Kedar Sails. Photography: Dan Perez, Sack and Reicher, z-eyez  _  client: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation.