AmniosyA + Lash-Up
Honorable mention // arquitectum - competitions & event

The stunning scenery of the towers of the Kremlin has expressed the need of giving to the new Moscow’s Fashion Tower the role of sounding board perceived at a great distance that can modify and amplify the modulation of the other buildings around.
A wide range of iconographic references has produced continuous hybridizations to the initial concept(s), so as to construct a system of complex shapes and figures.
It’s a skyscraper with skin and bones destined to become a new Totem in the city, reflecting the magic colors of Muscovite light. New architecture is intended really like sartorial: strategies and terms derived from fashion as exploring, cutting, folding, wrapping, make us work with surfaces and materials. The Moscow Fashion Palace is generated from twisting a two-dimensional cloth.

Project was inspired from:
“Russian Doll” exhibition at Groningen Museum by Victor & Rolf (2000). Matrioska’s spatial device has been revisited, inverted, digitally drained in a way that the whole energy is gathered in the amniotic interstices, in between. 
Architecture and Fashion are conceived as a bodywork.
“ The Most erotic part of the body is not that where the suit is unfolding?”
As Roland Barthes said in “Le plaisir du texte” (1973) we saw the new Fashion Palace as an object of pleasure so that the real skin will shine between the two edges (the shirt and pants, the glove, the sleeve) This twinkle is seductive and stages an appearance-disappearance.

Interior floors cantilevered  are supported by a central steel space grid, when exterior shell is encased in a skin of stainless-steel and structural glass strips to create expressive curved forms branching off the Fashion Square. Standard orthogonal relationships have been reconsidered and computed on the lights and shadows of the drapery with a rich play of bright reflections and transparencies.


Cristalplant® Design Contest 2012


[AC-CA] Architectural Competition Cconcours d' Aarchitecture
[AMSTERDAM] Iconic Pedestrian Bridge 


Within the highly developed international network about architecture there are still pockets of experiments clearly identifiable. The most interesting of these implications, necessarily inventive, are areas of research linked with new vision environments, capable of evaluating the ethical context of experiment, delineating how and what is going to explode in the future attitude of building. The challenges to the survival give us a valid means of exploring clever structures and new forms out from architecture. The question is how to design an integration strategy within metropolis capable of resolving sustainable problems for the future of the city without hiding processes of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Nature does not produce waste: any substance that plants and animals produced are converted to the natural cycle so that waste of an organism is food for another one.
We propose an urban structure to become an adaptable container of social activities, choosing to qualify the environment of  Kennedy Town, the western section of Hong Kong’s Victoria City, changing its topography and opening e new way of life to its inhabitants.
The new organism realizes a joint interchange with other buildings in a favorable manner and bringing two kinds of advantages: skyscraper absorbs the waste of buildings (dirty water, paper, organic), processes them, and then recycles it in form of food, green public and open spaces.
The Concept is generated from an analysis of the average production of waste from the area, and from the study of its different sectors. Idea has included the metaphor of the Fungus, as an organism that feeds on organic matter, turning waste into nourishment. Through pipe-lines matter will be deposited in the storage areas, processed or purified from microbial populations and then filtered and recirculated.
The organism provides an enclosure that re-invents the scenery of the site. It has an intended vertical nature, and the variable geometry of the structure can generate a versatile system that adapts to the different programmatic uses, as a basic “skeleton” that support all the necessary elements for the development of the different activities. The main profile is “in the air” and takes advantage from its physical location, combining existing connections and directions in a LOOP Design that forces and extrudes functions and social activities. Public space becomes a mechanism with which to structure and organize the architecture itself, suggesting that the new building grows in an organic form with a naturally connected process of relationships. This superstructure of large-scale will be “a building in-between buildings” but increasing the feeling of an open, continuous and fluid space with its dynamic fusion of interior and exterior: a sort of floating shell giving the entire ground free but strictly linked with the site’s shape thanks to its branches.
Skyline could be seen as a new cityscape. It is a clear gesture to create another landscape icon which should distinguish from the surrounding environment. We created a multipurpose high-rise with a Farmer’s Market, connecting and integrating the public spaces, in a dynamic balance between the existing buildings and parks, markets and gardens. Soliciting an emotional as well as social response they have the potential to enlarge capacity of the city, realizing more synergy and efficiency.
The work shows an inventive manipulated use of natural processes for a better city and  better life.


Second prize winners - PFFF Inflatable Architecture Competition

PFF pavilion: The idea came up from a study on the main functions associated with research for a dynamic organism.
The structure developed across a regular shape, a rectangle that from a transversal deformation ideally gives back a parallelogram.
This form is self-organized and is altered in a two-dimensional or three-dimensional way, following a symmetrical order.
The project generated is both complex and fluid, it’s a continuous element that refers formally to bone structure.
This structure is pivotal point of the whole project, partially characterized by "skins" stretched out between the different forms, determining the spaces and hierarchy of its functions.
This structure wishes to convey its substantial and aeriform soul through the utilization of a water-repellent PVC with semitransparent gray weave.
 An evanescent but immediate bony structure that, for the importance of its function, reduces or thickens: the resulting perception is immediate and intense.
The final feeling is a dematerialized object that shows the visual and perceptive permeability of the different environments.
 The conference hall has 32 extendable seats, with the space immediately accessible from both entrances. It can be used as a hallway, meeting area or as an additional space for the conference hall.
The "skins" that separate these spaces were conceived as elements able to develop some visual projections, and are characterized by micro-holes spaced 10cm from the perimeter, the micro-holes being used for better ventilation of the indoor environment.
 With regards to the material, we decided to use 100% recyclable PVC in polyesters. The seams are heat bonded because of the irregularity of the individual elements that have been joined.
 The pavilion is illuminated by fluorescent tubes positioned inside.  A coloured gel influences the atmosphere of the structure with theatrical results, sometimes affecting the intensity of the light.
The light intensity is also influenced by the intense ambient light. The outdoor space has been decorated with a punctuated light system.
 The control of the weather conditions is partially regulated.  It is advisable to monitor the structure in case of extreme weather conditions.
 The structures are conceived as systems of air flow: the air rejects the water and does not allow it penetrate inside the structure hindering its progress until the ground.
 The structure is fixed to the soil through pivots.
The structure has straps, varying from 50 millimeters to about 500 millimeters, tied together along the support surface. 
 Each fixing point can support a 150kg load.
On the reference of basic studies, the structure was studied for wind force, not exceeding 48 Km/h. 
Technical Specifications:
Dimensions of structure - deflated and packed:  2500mm. x 2700mm. x 1700mm.
Fan sizes - outdoor : 380mm. x 385mm. x 400mm.        
Fan weight: 8kg
Fan sizes - indoor : 290mm x 290mm x 100mm
Fan weight: 1kg
Color: semitransparent grey
The main package contains the structure, the box and the fan.
Maximum usable area: 50sqm = 34sqm (conference area) plus 16sqm (foyer)
Entrance height: 2.30m
Building height: 4.20m
Seats: 32 (extendable)
Standing places: 15

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