Bellows, Organ


We have proposed five potential ‘short-lived curiosities’ that use AIR as their primary material interest. Each of these proposed ‘curiosities’ are written for a diagrammatic courtyard typology, where each proposal will evolve relative to the minutia and challenges posed by a specific courtyard.

Each ‘curiosity’ describes a cyclic process and a collection of objects which exist in a continual state of becoming. There is no final form, no origin, only a condition of evolution from one from to the next.

Each visit to the courtyards provide an opportunity to discover something which will provide a novel and challenging opposition to the traditional understanding of this architectural typology.

‘Five Curiosities’: Curiosity Two : Bellows, Organ

When a human breathes irregularly, he is either hyperventilating or hypoventilating, either case may result in relative illness and in extreme cases — death. What happens when architecture ventilates irregularly?

Imagine walking past an inconspicous door and being pushed by a subtle but massive wave of air, and only moments later to be pulled toward the origin of such force. Could artificial respiration revive our curiosities in this ageing structure?


Where air is cyclically pulled into and pushed out of a courtyard, creating a ‘wind’ that would draw in and out of the space over time. This force is created by installing a membrane or form (an inversion of the void).

Smoke Trails (Competition Submission for the Festival of Architecture Vivant, Montpellier, France)
Collaborator: Laura Coombs