suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
“Panama Supercharge” is an architectural dialogue between mass and fragility, expressed as thin patterned developable surfaces out of metal sheets and heavy masses out of raw concrete.
The building is adjacent to the new pair of locks at the Panama Canal, creating an environment for cruise ship passengers while they are waiting for the ship to pass the lock. In one hour visitors move through spaces with different identities and climate zones, creating highly varied, densely packed atmospheres. Planthouses, aquariums and an exhibition inform on the astonishing biodiversity of the area surrounding the Panama Canal. One side allows for spectacular views onto the water lock, on the other side visitors take a walk into the jungle canopy. The building becomes a threshold between an industrial structure and nature.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
rG: one year that I lived in Kingston, Jamaica and a visit to the HooverDamn (I was impressed by the huge masses of water retained byindustrial architecture)
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
rG: reading: Kwinter: Far from Equilibrium, Patti Smith: Just Kids, Lethem: Chronic City
listening: mixtapes from my estonian friends on thismixtape.com
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
rG: Commonwealth, Kokkugia, Soma Architects (from Vienna), the next Diplomas at the University of Applied Arts
Photographs by Reiner Zettl