Bellows, Organ

Synopsis:

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?



Process:

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