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Robert Stuart-Smith Studio

Students
Wandy Mulia (Germany)
Paola Salcedo (Ecuador)
Ashwin Shah (India)
Yue Shi (China)

Project
Erosion

Weather has a great impact on most aspects of our life, from holiday seasons to what we wear each day. It also has a direct impact on architecture’s ability to adapt to climatic conditions. However, to date this has remained solely within the realm of the design phase. We believe in an architecture that can harness natural forces as a constructive energy that brings about a change in its materiality. This phenomenon is seen in nature as weathering and erosion. Our aim is to create an architecture that has a designed life-cycle where natural forces, such as rain, create a constant feedback between weather and architecture. Erosion brings about a continuous change in the users spatial experience through topological and morphological modification, producing varying architectural effects such as enclosure, lighting and ventilation. Conditioned by an initial configuration of built surface, the potential water flow of the site facilitates the dynamic process of erosion. By undergoing continual transformation the built material maintains a dialogue between cause, affect and feedback, resulting in the production of complex erosive patterns. This time-based design evolves outside the digital realm, generating a flux between interior and exterior due to its continual re-organisation of material flows, producing an architecture that is constantly reprogrammed over its lifespan.