tutors: Alexandros KALLEGIAS, Elif ERDINE, Daghan CAM, Angel Fernando LARA MOREIRA, & Suzan UCMAKLIOGLU.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Architectural Association (AA) Summer DLAB Visiting School: CALLIPOD is the final working prototype of the Architectural Association (AA) Summer DLAB, which took place in AA London and AA Hooke Park from 21 July–08 August 2014.
CALLIPOD is the outcome of an investigation which has explored earth scaffolding, fabric formwork, and concrete materiality. The means of exposing the structural behaviour of concrete across its fluid nature have formulated the starting point of the research agenda. Throughout the design explorations, the integration of structural and material properties of concrete with various architectural parameters which are essential in generating diverse spatial qualities have remained a major focus. At 2.1 meters tall and 4.4 meters wide, the pavilion was realized within a period of one week.
The structure is made of a special concrete mix that enabled it to be cast, dried and held strongly in place, in a period of several hours without being limited by the constraints of applying conventional reinforcing systems such as rebar. For the realization of the pavilion, the entire team of participants and tutors was divided into sub-teams and given a certain task. Each sub-team had their responsibilities and the site was converted into a construction site, following health and safety regulations. From a pedagogical point of view, this part has always been an essential part of AA Summer DLAB as it allows for a better, hands-on understanding of the demands involved in a construction of a 1-to-1 scale model.
Balancing the intricate concrete branches that are visible from a distance with a more monolithic interior piece, the pavilion is characterized by two different experiential states. The concrete branches which emerge from the earth create a dome-like structure that houses a plinth-type seat. During the day time, the pavilion merges with its surroundings due to its shape as well as its surface patterns that resemble a tree. One can then enter CALLIPOD and take a seat to enjoy the serene view from within the dome. The harmonized blending of CALLIPOD in nature changes during the night, when the central concrete plinth begins to illuminate. With an almost exotic look, the special pebbles that are part of the plinth-type seat begin to glow in the dark. Each day they get charged by the sun-light and then release that energy in the form of cyan light that distinguishes the structure from the rest of the forest in the night.
CALLIPOD will be exhibited at the AA London, in the Graduate Gallery, from January till March 2015.
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Programme Director: Alexandros Kallegias
Tutors: Alexandros Kallegias, Elif Erdine, Daghan Cam, Angel Fernando Lara Moreira, & Suzan Ucmaklioglu.
Students: Adam Turczyn, Isabella Souza, Baraa Yakzan, Juan-Pablo Chinchilla, Elien Termote, Daria Kleymenicheva, Aiman Tabony, Mohanned Iskanderani, Weronika Krol, Xiaohong Ling, Sabine Hansmann, Fabian Scholz, Max Winter, Ignacio Carbo del Moral, Kevin Mazanek, & Zelal Cinar.