Thursday, 4 March 2010
and the site given was zonqor point. Below where the initial 3 proposals for the dwelling.
Concept 1 UFO* Unidentified futuristic object When I went on site I could feel emptiness. The site is filled with plants, beautiful sea, and interesting micro areas, but on a whole there was something missing. There needs something which cleanses all the bad activities in the area. Like bird hunting on the street and seashore, and from the people who dumb their rubbish in the area. In the site further up there is pillbox (built by the British) and a tower of De Redin (built when the Knights were here). So the building that has to be proposed has to confine with this time line. Knights, British, Contemporary/Future. Hundertwasser was in a sense Futuristic with his Organic ideas at his time. It is now that we are realizing in what a bad state our planet is that we are thinking more on how to be green, more with the political aspect of it, since the idea has been with us for a long time. The building has to show as if it is of today, or came today from tomorrow, with the real answers to the problem. Now it is not the Pirates or the Turks we need to build a tower to watch, but to watch ourselves from our own evil. Also introducing the UFO*, unidentified futuristic object, will attract attention to the place and will remove the dodgy activity, and hopefully bring new people to appreciate the little intact nature there is, and why not introduce more vegetal and animal life. UFOs Unidentified Flying Objects, where noticed most of the times in remote villages, or unheard of towns. We never heard of a UFO sighting in New York, London or Rome. It seems that either the Unknown likes quite places, or that the Forgotten Areas need the Unknown to come so as to attract attention on them. Zonqor is one of these forgotten areas, and maybe it needs this radical intervention. Hundertwasser was a man who wanted attention on him and his ideas. This building would reflect this too.Concept 2 Illusion / Illumination Summary of Concept A house that would stand out but emerge from site, a house that will be in harmony with site and the Architect’s beliefs, but will also challenge them. The building will be detached from the ground (heavenly), but connected to it with straight lines (evil). It has to be Organic not only in the aesthetic sense but also in its function and behavior. It will enhance the area to make it more accessible the public. Detailed explanation of derivation Hundertwasser said that the straight line will cause the downfall of humanity, and that the straight line is the tool of the devil. When I went on site, I tried to search for straight lines in nature, because he also said that there is no evil in nature, therefore there had to be no straight lines in it. There was a spider web which appeared to be constructed in straight lines, the horizon, the different strata in rocks seemed to be perfectly straight. The sunrays that the sun produced from behind the clouds. The rain fall (gravity). The lines that I constructed with my eyes between different starts in my mind (natural process), and the bees which think in coordinates, therefore in straight lines. When I went home to study them I realized that straight is what appears and is not the physical reality. The sunrays appeared to be straight lines, but if you give a deeper look to it, you realize that in fact it is in wave form, curvature, and also physical particle. The horizon which look straight from between rocks is in fact a curve when you see the whole object, Earth. If Straight lines are evil and from the devil, Good is curve and from God. This can be paralleled also to gravity, Newton said that gravity is in a straight form, he noticed this when an apple fell on his head, we also know that it was the apple in the genesis that fooled Adam and Eve in the acquisition of true Knowledge. Therefore here we notice that the devil used the same tool (apple) to fool humans, because Newton was not fully right, and gravity is in actual fact curved. What we can observe is that the straight line is an illusion, not a reality, not a copy of nature. The curve is of a deeper insight (knowledge) and therefore it is true. In architecture there is nothing wrong with the use of straight lines, only when one knows that they are an illusion, not a reflection of reality, an illusion of nature or a copy of an illusive nature governed also by evil forces. Since nature is not perfect, like us humans. In this I think Hundertwasser was wrong because he said “there are no evils in nature- there are only evils of man” man is of nature and in nature too, animals act just like humans and humans like other animals in most aspects. There should be reason (a human ability) for the usage of straight lines and it is not homage to evil; it is just an acknowledgement of the lack of knowledge, growth and wholeness of today’s humanity. So as to pass a massage or create a feeling with your building. Dwelling Hundertwasser had this sort of knowledge, so the house I am proposing for him has to show all this. The volume of space where he will have all the needs to live will be elevated in a form of a cloud, since it is a source or filter to make visible sunrays and a source of precipitation, gravity. It is also a heavenly object, elevated, but still connected to the land for the actions I mentioned above. The cloud is also made out of water, same as the spray of the waves when the sea hits the land, a mirror of what happens on land and is in fact a process of it. The cloud/house is supported on straight lines as to say that there has to be a process, to achieve this, the over coming of the illusive things around us. Hundertwasser used to preach his manifestos naked and make resistance to those who did not believe in the same as principles he believed in. In this way, an outstanding building will make people ask about the building and who lives there. Also this process of from ground going up, to a higher dimension, is a similar process of when you enter the site. If you enter the site from M’scala, which is an architectural hell, to slowly entering the site, until you reach an area where the sea is protected and people can swim, there is land where you can be playful in and make use, not infested by hunters and rubbish, and there is an architectural monument, which is the watch tower of De Redin. The process, the effort is important as to appreciate more what you find once you are there. The effort may not be a physical one. The cloud has to show and pass a massage to the passer by of this symbolism, I am suggesting a room on top of this ‘cloud’ in a Pyramidal form. This was used by an inspiration of Hundertwasser, Gustav Klimt who used to dress his women in paintings whit Eyes in Triangles, who he took from the Egyptians, the all-seeing eye of Horus. The Christians then enclosed it in a Triangle to represent the holy trinity. After that the free masons used it to represent God as the Architect of the universe. Here I want to use it as to Hundertwasser’s Open Eye as an Architect and artist to this knowledge, and that we all have to open our eyes and realize that not all that looks straight is evil, and we have to give a deeper look and understanding to what is around us. I can also add that there is always more to learn and understand as in fact Hundertwasser had much more to learn; therefore this room will not symbolize the acquisition of something, but a statement that we will always search for more. The studio in which he will pass most of the time will be semi berried underground, the roof will be open to public use. The side will enjoy the views of the north part of the site and the sea view, with his, ‘cloud’ house as part of the landscape. It is there living, collecting water by wind, naturally and dropping it again. In Malta it is rarely raining, rain was one of Hundertwasser’s main inspiration so he can always look outside and see rain if he wishes, which will constantly produce a rainbow in summer. Public space: Since it is elevated the area beneath the building can be used by the public. Land can be enjoyed by everyone, and it can be made more interesting. Since the location of the building is not a very safe place to swim I am proposing to enclose an area around the building that would be suspended over the sea where people could swim safely with and around the pillars. Hundertwasser always wanted to make even private apartments open to the public, like the rooftops he connected them to the land as to be used by everyone. In this way, we will give the Footprint of the dwelling to the public to use. **Information about Hundertwasser was taken form the publication of his Manifestos in the book : Hundertwasser Architecture ISBN 3-8228-8564-9