suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Roland Dániel NÉMETH & Anett FARKAS: The aim of the “Para-Mat” workshop, held during the annual European Architecture Students Assembly (EASA), was to create a pavilion/object, that would instantly become a meeting point, a tool for social interaction for the inhabitants of the Spanish city of Cádiz, the host of the event in 2011. Right along the Atlantic coast of the old city lies a promenade, that already had nearby meeting points for distinct local groups, like old fishermen, couples enjoying a walk, youth having a “botellón”, or mothers with their small children. We wanted to bring these groups together to the same spot, by giving each of them something useful.
The pavilion itself was to be an elastic woven structure, that we could modify on the spot to suit arising needs. After research conducted using models made out of small rubber rings, the final structure was created using bicycle tubes. Since the structure was to be temporary, we decided to use only tension and weight for the final structure, without damaging the pavement or leaving any mark on the environment. It was suspended using hemp ropes from nearby palm trees, and puled down by tires filled with sand. The pattern of weaving of the bike tubes evolved from the girih patterns and ceiling structure of the andalusian Moorish architecture of the area.
The final form is a hammock, a seat for watching the sunset, and a shade for the scorching summer days in one elastic structure.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
RDN & AF: The spirit of the EASA, the city of Cádiz, Yona Friedman, and of course Frei Otto.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
RDN & AF: Soulclap, Johnny Jewel, Extrawelt and EASA radio; our own little radio station for two weeks.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
RDN & AF: Apostrophy’s, soma, and many young architects.
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Our workshop participants deserve much credit for the enthusiasm and resourcefulness they showed during the workshop’s two weeks: Alice Shead (UK) Cansu Pelin Isbilen (TUR) Claire White (AUS) Coen Meintjes (ZAF) Corrie-Anne Rounding (UK) Elena Curasevici (MDA) Elizabeth Daly (UK) Elsa Deconchat (FR) Evelina Vasilanskahe (LTU) Ines Alecrim (PRT) Jake Balderson (UK) Jesse Delmo (AUS) Lasma Grigone (LV) Mészáros Mária (HU) Miné Roodt (ZAF) Nielsine C. Otto (DK) Tanya Yliaho (FIN) Tatevik Hakobyan (ARM) Tatiana Leontieva (RUS).
Also, the team organizing EASA 2011 in Cádiz deserves much credit.