critic: Marcelo SPINA
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Amir HABIBABADI, Francisco MOURE, & Pablo OSORIO: Nube is Spanish for cloud. Nube is an architectural and engineering project to shield stadiums at the 2022 FIFA World Cup from direct sun exposure. Nube bases its design on the exploration of continuity, and motion. These ideas were conceived during the exploration and research of carbon fiber pre-preg tapes and composites components applied to large scale projects.
We gradually redefine and develop Nube’s design using a loose continuous carbon fiber string tow, which is laid out in hyperbolic patterns on a pure three dimensional geometry. This semi-rigid design concept allows for internal flexibility by being semi-rigid. This aspect alters the unit’s overall geometry amounting to dynamism of both performance and readability.
The units become unrecognizable altering their shape and hyperbolic patterns, hence creating a slow motion spectacle. Our intention is that two dimensional and three dimensional hyperbolic patterns create an elusive and yet surprising effects of light and shadows, motion and stillness, and ultimately an evasive sense of depth by means of geometrical complexity.
As a result, people’s visual senses are tested as the wind blows trough Nube in a playful manner, like human hairs in an open field. The spectacle of moving shadows and illusive three-dimensionality become a memorable experience. The semi-rigid units gently moving and changing position and its flight assembly in the air, simultaneously clustering together and separating creates a spectacle. Ultimately, a multitude of units come together in the air forming an artificial, crystal-like cloud hovering above a desert skyline.
Nube proposes neither an idealized utopia nor a simple engineered solution; as an alternative, it proposes a nomadic bottom up, technologically feasible, materially articulated and robotic cloud-like reality of today. Instead of the building being the main focus, the air and the environment around us becomes the spectacle.