Project Year: 2015
Materials: Spandex, rebar, concrete
Location: Rivière Rouge, Québec, Canada
"What do you wanna be, Brick?"
"I wanna be chillin'."
This pavilion -- affectionately named “Greta” -- was an exercise both in place-making, and in testing the potential of fabric-formwork in construction. As a primitive structure, the goal wasn’t to provide physical shelter from the elements; it was simply to create a place by structuring the environment in a specific location. To do this, the structure sought to create a moment where the qualities of the place were intensified, seeming to emerge from the very place on which it stands.
The method of building with fabric-formed “lazy bricks” made this possible. Instead of lending themselves to a pure, geometric form like a normal brick would, which would have struggled to relate to the messiness of the site, the lazy bricks happily slumped on, over, or around anything that got next to or underneath them. They couldn’t be bothered to resist.
The result is a form which couldn’t help but make intimate acquaintances with the site - resisting the control of the Designer, preferring instead to simply lay down at its nearest convenience, and therefore be genuinely a part of it.