geological processes in architecture

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I am using precast concrete blocks with different colors and finishings. The layered structure varies from dark and rough to light and soft and finally to light-transmitting concrete.While the visual properties of opacity and transparency are understood and certain, translucency occupies the curious territory between the two, where spatial boundary or extension are shifting dependent upon the light conditions at the moment and the position of the observer The bath´s pools are conceived as if washed out of the building mass by the two rivers – the Potomac and the Rock Creek. The pools show within the building what could happen to the site over time.In contrast to the world above the water surface they are a smooth topography. They make visible that the world under the surface of the water is a very different.In almost every stone there are disturbances, for example little cracks that allow light to enter and moss to grow within.This is translated to my lighting system. It is a band of glued glas plates allowing light to enter during the day and leave during the night.The glass boxes are growing out of the mass like crystals grow out of stone. These glass structures provide a totally different light situation and spatial perception. They are constructed in two layers in order to hide the steel structure. The inner glass plates are colored to strenghen the special appearence.

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