Going Nuts!

Monday 04 Jul 2011

Studio MK27 design the Peanut Pavilion for the Kulturproject in Germany

Peanut Pavilion is a proposal for kulturproject closed competition for a temporary pavilion for a contemporary art exhibit in Berlin.

The project began as an intentional and proactive trajectory for the housed contents, treating the space as a closed artistic experience and setting it with a curator quality. This process materialized through the use of stackable building elements generating, besides the very spaces, an optical effect texture. A piece that went beyond civil construction and able to constitute an object of art, both individually and within the group, was sought, transforming the pavilion in a plastic space and enriching it with movement, light and emotion.

The element that was called here the peanut is actually a prototype called cassini block developed by sheet design. The cassini blocks are made with a technique unique to ceramics: slip-casting, or the forming of thin-walled objects using liquid clay slip and a waterabsorbent plaster mold. Instead of trying to force ceramics into existing models of building materials, this approach takes the natural efficiencies of the slip-casting process and uses them as constraints for design. Rounded profiles and hollow forms replace solid blocks and rectilinear stacking.

As a construction system, cassini blocks work similar to a standard concrete masonry unit wall. Instead of an extruded rectangle in shape, a family of mathematically derived curves generates rounded, vessel-like units that are self-stacking. It uses its inherent geometry to lock each unit to its neighbor. The wall it produces, while almost completely opaque, has subtle gaps between the stacks that reveal themselves in light as one moves.

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