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  • a hole in the earth

    a hole in the earth
    college station TEXAS

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    mitch ROCHELEAU (Productora Studio): This project is a proposal for the implementation of prefabricated high efficiency residential prototypes into pre-existing underground spaces. The strategy for execution of this type of community is driven by the availability of natural light. The availability of natural light stands as the primary concern when developing underground habitats, therefore it is the organizational mechanism which this project is based on. Through the development of a digital light simulation we were able to digitally reproduce pre-existing cave structures and run our light simulation particle emitter to determine if the site would be advantageous to develop.

    This project discusses the potential for the development of an underground culture aiming to address issues of economy, structure, energy production, availability of natural light densities, water cycling, as well as the development for a new architectural aesthetic of the underworld that caters to the synthesis of these elements.
    The implementation of this new type of building system is to be implemented within pre-existing hole conditions within the earth. These may include but are not limited to, natural cave structures, abandoned rock quarries. Large crater holes, as well as abandoned
excavations from prior construction sites. The goal for this regenerated building typology is to utilize these already pre-existing sites, in order to minimize construction cost, and limit inhabitation on the natural environment. This architectural aesthetic is derived from the modern movement focused around the area of Pedregal, Mexico from 1947- 1968.
The series of houses designed within this area and time period exhibit timeless qualities mainly focused on their integration with the natural rock formations of the area.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    mR: P R O D U C T O R A, Gabriel Esquivel, Pedregal Mexico

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    mR: Tim Durbin and the Steezy Beats

    Additional credits:
    This is was a studio collaborating with PRODUCTORA and Gabriel Esquivel

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