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Ruins as room for imagination: Green Metal Mesh Building in Porto – design by FAHR 021.3
15 Dec 2015
Design: FAHR 021.3
Metamorfose, from the award winning architects FAHR 021.3
DIRECTION & PRODUCTION: BUILDING PICTURES
PHOTO DIRECTION: BUILDING PICTURES
POST-PRODUCTION: BUILDING PICTURES
MUSIC: CREATIVE COMMONS – ORPHEUS TICKED – ERGO PHIZMIZ
2015 | 1’17″ | 16:9
ARCHITECTS: FAHR 021.3
LOCATION: PORTO, PORTUGAL
Metamorfose has won another prize in a Shortlist Design Competition, themed Happy LED Life.
The competition was organized by Design Boom in collaboration with Gwangju International Design Biennale 2015.
Ruins as room for imagination
by creative team FAHR 021.3
Amid the architectural diversity of one of the most representative areas in Porto, Metamorfose, by creative team FAHR 021.3, stands out. The impact of the green metal mesh filling the void by one of the city’s gateway is undeniable.
The result of this intimate dialogue with the city is absolute perfection when bringing together all the elements that make up the area around São Bento train station.
Provocation is on its way. Where today decay, destruction and desertion are what is left, Metamorfose has found its place. The ruin, part of the history of the city, is now an area of intervention and, first and foremost, of imagination. It engages the eye and induces discomfort. It creates a new scenery in Porto and dignifies a space that was once destitute.
Six tons of steel, 28 metres long, 11 metres high, 5 metres deep and almost 200 intersections, all different – these are data that compose this digitally developed metal mesh. A mesh that finds its physicality in the irregularity that is a by-product of the human hand. In line with the creative team’s philosophy, the plastic gesture, which breaks free from formalisms and rules in construction, in a city centre such as Porto, puts into evidence the intent of provoking and surprising people. The use of colour itself, default in 3D modelling software, is a statement of its challenging essence.
This is the only way Metamorfose would ever make sense for the duo FAHR 021.3. Framed by the Locomotiva initiative, promoted by Porto Lazer , the team present a project that sums up their provocative vision and reflects a new architectural and artistic approach to one of the most characteristic elements in Porto – void spaces. FAHR looks at these spaces, found repeatedly throughout the city, and see possible opportunities for intervention and imagination.
Exception is provocative. Disruption is challenging. City and structure strike up a dialogue. Metamorphosis awakes. Possible interpretations are endless, intent is attained.
Creative Project – FAHR 021.3
Light Design – José Nuno Sampaio
Engineer – NCREP
Execution – LETRATEC
Communication – Carla Brites Santos
Video – Building Pictures
Music –Orpheus Ticked – Ergo Phizmiz (creative commons)
Porto Destino Criativo – LOCOMOTIVA
O Novo Norte – Operational Program for the North Region
QREN – Quadro de Referência Estratégico Nacional
European Union – European Fund for Regional Development
Materials Quadrangular profile steel
Dimensions (approx.) 28m extension, 12m height, 5m depth
Weight 6000 kg Number of intersections 200
Materials in metres 400 running metres
Colour Copper oxide
Metamorfose images / information from Building Pictures
LSão Bento Railway Station is located in the city of Porto, in Portugal. Inaugurated in 1916, the station building is known for its tile panels that depict scenes of the History of Portugal. source: Wikipedia
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