ALMOST NATURAL SHELTER

Date: 2016
Status: Comissioned by 1971 Design Space

Conceived as a hollow object, Almost Natural Shelter is a spatial installation that critiques computational design and digital fabrication’s obsession with both precision and images of natural patterns that continue to adorn computer screens with the advent of off-the-shelf computational design tools. Almost Natural Shelter rejects traditional part-to-whole relationships through the design of deep and spatial textural formations. This shelter emerges from the integration of messy computational design methodologies and chemically volatile non-linear fabrication. In specific, High Density Foam is persuaded to chemically self-compute in an attempt at uncovering a space that has almost natural spatial qualities such as non-linear textural differentiation and interplay between line, surface and mass.

The motivation behind Almost Natural Shelter is to question the production of space and aesthetics in a post-human frontier, especially as we embark on a new geological era that has emerged out of the unprecedented influence of the human race on the planet’s ecological systems. The project posits that the blurring between the natural and the synthetic in the can materialize a space conception that exhibits qualities that are both natural and synthetic. The blurring between the synthetic and the natural is also evident in the manufacturing processes at play within this shelter. A juxtaposition of slow and precise manufacturing techniques such as cutting and gluing with messy and fast operations such as melting. This results in a determinate and synthetic exterior and an interior that exhibits an amplification of texture that is almost natural.