SandHouse


A research project by Finn Stevenhagen, Nina Luisa and Thorir Hoskuldsson in memory of Arakwa and Gins. Text by Finn Stevenhagen.


The rain wets both you and the sand. As awful as it may seem, this is the perfect time to work. The sand is at its most compliant and, with no roof to protect you, this heavy work is essential for your warmth. You address only your immediate needs and build structures to satisfy them. Though the work will supply you with warmth, it is unhealthy to sustain this intensity of action forever and so you will have to work towards a shelter, most importantly a roof. You won’t need it yet but you must conclude your first shift having constructed this and a place to start a fire. This is an example of a framework for building a work of procedural architecture, a sand house, but is, however, completely dependant on the weather at the location of your site. Time and use will influence its shape. Using destroys and neglecting to use is not preserving. Every step risks the structure of the space you carve out and the wind slowly fills the room with that which you have carved out. One cannot preserve this space since one cannot keep it in its intended state. Its shape shifts constantly and with active resistance to your procedurals. This space must be actively and constantly maintained, carved and re-carved out.





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