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FAHR 021.3 reimagines urban ruins with scenic art piece
Portugal Architecture News - Dec 03, 2015 - 22:53 5930 views
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Artistic designs and installations become one of our daily life that can be encountered everywhere. They certainly convey a message to the public through the history or the end product, they are the most interactive mediums created by artists or designers- they are active, interacting and responsive for audience as well. Metamorfose is a special project / installation created by the award winning architects FAHR 021.3 in Porto and the project examines the urban ruins and the history of the city that sums up its provocative vision and reflects a new architectural and artistic approach to one of the most characteristic elements in Porto - void spaces.
According to FAHR 021.3's design approach, 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.
detail of mesh covers ruin
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.
FAHR's manifesto is very catching! Exception is provocative. Disruption is challenging. City and structure strike up a dialogue. Metamorphosis awakes. Possible interpretations are endless, intent is attained.
segment analyse of metomorfose. image © FAHR 021.3
plan of metamorfose. image © FAHR 021.3
section of metamorfose. image © FAHR 021.3
Creative Project: FAHR 021.3
Light Design: José Nuno Sampaio
Communication: Carla Brites Santos
Video: Building Pictures
Music: Orpheus Ticked - Ergo Phizmiz (creative commons) Initiative
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 Promoter
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