Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), School of Architecture
critics: Ulrika KARLSSON & Einar RODHE.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Love LILJEQVIST: During the last Ice Age when the ice covered most of northern Europe, Sweden was completely under a kilometer of thick ice and snow which melted away and then water covered the land.
This helped to shape the landscape as we know it now. The impact that the ice made in the land is apparent in many areas in how the landscape is shaped, especially in the region of mass (mountains). An example of this is Lapporten in Abisko with its U-shaped valley that derived from when the ice retreated and moved and was pressed in between the mountains.
I used ice and snow to form a research building for this subject, materials that are relevant to the eco tourism of Abisko and why students come to this town to study.
The project deals with the tension between the control of the form/mold and the noisy and unpredictable mix of the two meeting materials. The capacities of this material were extended by the introduction of the precision of the change of properties in the material. Aesthetic, thermal and structural capacities are mined from the interplay between the randomness of liquid to solid, solid to liquid and the accuracy of the mold.
This dynamic and volatile method that negotiates between high articulation of the material behavior and the inconsistent manipulation of liquid to solid, solid to liquid, that creates a new texture/space analog. The heterogeneous mixture of the two materials during the design process began with the introduction of specific aspects of performance, aesthetics and material behavior on the volume formation studies. The method manipulated the surface to a certain extent, through control of the plaster mix, time, and the ice & snow volume. The project examines the involvement of the uncertainty in the design process to result in an integrated and resilient material that emerges from local conditions and possesses the ability to create global patterns and emerging forms.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
LL: It comes from an interest of nature and natural forces in material properties and later transitional aspects of the properties during the casting process. The method I used during this project centers and capitalizes the transitional aspects of material properties as a way of designing.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
LL: Reading about architects Anne Holtrop and James Wines. Listening to London Grammar, Junip, Arcade Fire, SOHN, and Haim.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
LL: Young + Ayata, Peter Zumthor, and MOS Architects.
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