Transitional Space

Transitional Space / Sebastiao Celestino / United Kingdom, London / Архитектурный объект

Transitional Space interior

Transitional Space

Purpose: Art Installation that may hold public events, and contemplation by the passby users.

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Цель данного проекта – сконструировать арт-инсталляцию, которая бы стала площадкой для массовых мероприятий и местом отдыха и общения горожан.

«Переходное пространство» для встреч и общественных мероприятий. Проект поднимает проблемы гравитации в дизайне, пропорций и гармонии. Первоочередная задача – создать одновременно устойчивое и неустойчивое пространство. Используя свет и прозрачность для создания ощущения «переходного пространства», создается конструкция, которая является одновременно статичной и динамичной с точки зрения пользователей.

Главная идея основана на одной из наиболее важных современных концепций культурной взаимосвязанности. Форма напоминает деревянные коробки, использующиеся для транспортировки грузов по всему миру. Такой бытовой объект, взятый за основу, удовлетворяет двум основным характеристикам дизайна: простоте и функциональности. Коробка служит символом жизненно важных грузов, транспортируемых по всему свету, которые связывают друг с другом людей разных культур и сообществ.

Данная арт-инсталляция совмещает образы городской революции с одной стороны и устойчивости и стабильности – с другой. Единство формы и функции базового объекта гармонично объясняет изменения на городской карте.

Город – это уравнение с постоянными (географическое расположение, реки, ландшафт) и переменными (осадки, свет, время года). Между тем, постоянное становится временным: под действием человека реки меняют очертания, холмы и горы выравниваются в процессе застройки пространства, и эти два понятия размываются. Так и наш объект может одновременно служить и общественным местом, и площадкой для мероприятий, и беседкой для уединенного созерцания, меняя свои свойства в зависимости от задач и  оставаясь при этом естественным и экологически чистым местом.

Concept of the project: Transitional meeting and public events simultaneously. Rises problems in terms of gravitational force and structure design. Uses light and transparence to create a transitional space which is both solid and liquid in terms of users experience. 

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Technical description: 5mx15m, 12% inclined space made from timber structure members and externally clad with recycled timber panels and internally with polished stainless steel sheets.

The estimated cost of the project: $3000.00

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The transitional space.  

The proposal main idea is based on the concept of cultural inter connectivity which is one of the most valued aspect of our modernity, this common identity has been universalizing the way that humans deal with nature not just as the support for life but also as the provider of raw materials. This aspect is symbolized through a timber box reminiscent of shipping containers that are constantly used to connect us through the transportation of goods around the world. The shipping container box has two main design characteristics, simples and strong on its external structure and detailed and protective on its interior arrangement. The combination of these two features permits it to efficiently exercise its function of moving around life saving goods around the world therefore connecting societies in a never-ending relationship.

Transitional Space masterplan

The proposed public art installation makes this parallelism with the urban revolution and sustainability that are needed on our cities which in some extent have to be structurally planned to support mankind live on its multiple aspects in line with our most valued desire; to be happy and fulfilled when protecting and enlacing the environment. This unity of form and function is employed to propose a new system of urban entity where the space constantly re configure itself in away of supporting any kind of activity that is necessary. Mathematically, the space is a constant that satisfy an infinity number of equations with multiple variables and this is done through a combination of Euclidean and No Euclidean types of spaces; orthogonal and curved entities.

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Therefore, the parameters applied to define the object’s architectural typology were taken from the environment resources that forms the city and the large region, those are: the hydrologic system composed by the meeting of rivers, the trees and vegetations that characterized the land and the urban networking, the linearity and historic arrangement of the city’s form specially around the area of intervention, day light and its effects on the local context, neighborhood buildings with their textures and colors.

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All these features are used in away of programming a space that is defined as transitional in terms of the experience that users may feel. Therefore, it is solid and liquid type of environment simultaneously; it develops on the ground’s gardens and ends along the top of the trees. Furthermore, the proposed art installation is configured to be experienced as open and closed kind of space where one may be in a private context that is simultaneously public.

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The simplicity of details becomes very complex through a mathematical progression of numbers that multiplies itself through the reflection of the internal decoration and all the external entities on site. It is the multiplication of life through variation and adaptability compared to the river’s microbiological organisms arranged as biological soup that moves along,

fertilizing the land to germinate living organisms that are most need for humans. The design moves away from the segmentation or fragmentation through function of traditional cities and proposed a new kind of city where the space becomes a variable that transforms itself according to needs, if an inclined type of space is need then the same-leveled space becomes inclined. This is in line with our next social revolution that will be characterized by freedom of molecular arrangement on materials meaning that through molecular arrangement we will be able to transform the property of materials, from rock we may produce plastic.



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On this exercise, we have been focused on exploring the idea of unity and inter connectivity of entities in a large scale so to form a sensitive and constantly changing unity of environmental friendly object that is harmoniously integrated with its immediate context. Its space arrangement is done in away that the users are invited to put themselves on a podium so to be contemplated and also to contemplate others or the landscape. This is what an eco friendly futuristic life is: I am others and others are myself through the unity of diversity that is equilibrated by the physics of nature through the continuity space.


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Some technical drawings

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