The “agriCULTURAL Montain” project developed in Creixomil Veiga, Guimarães (Portugal) by architects Bruno Gomes -AGi architects’ team member-, Nuno Cruz and designer António Lopes, has been shortlisted for a FAD Award 2013 in the Temporary Interventions category. Winners will be announced this evening.
This ephemeral monument creation was the First prize winner of the Performance Architecture International Competition in the scope of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture.
At the city outskirts, outside the dense urban core, at an agricultural area cut by road infrastructures, this ephemeral intervention recreates a paradoxical dialogue between the ideas of development/construction and building with nature/conservation and sustainability.
The proposal distinguishes itself from the immediate surroundings by its vertical scale (12,70m height) in opposition to the horizontal plain, producing an immediate impact to the public as soon as they arrive to town. The intervention wants to be a landmark, as the ancient Guimarães Castle tower is.
This pyramidal volume was built just by piling up a total of 288 big size straw bales around a guiding thin metal structure with no other structural function than supporting the interior elevated floor system allowing a completely locked structure with no need to use mortar or other reinforcement.
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