‘York Watergate’ Inigo Jones, 1626.
This charming ‘Watergate’ was built as an extension to York House for George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham. It marks the site of the original course of the Thames before the construction of the Thames Embankment in the mid-19th century, and used to provide quick access to the river from the mansion’s garden. Now lying some 150 meters from the banks of the river, it gives an idea of just how far the river bank moved during the 1864-70 construction!
\\\\\ Detail of the new Prägen boards by @studiohannewillmann. For these boards Hanne developed a special method to press permanent structures and reliefs into wood surfaces. Through this, the surface of the Pear wood gets a third dimension – both visual and haptic.
Vij5 launches 10 new products in 10 weeks. This week product nr. 6 Prägen boards by Hanne Willmann.
Isometric drawing of #bargeitecture concept. This proposal combines the influence of infrastructure on and along the #mississippi river and the scientific idea of filtration/filtration methods for water management and farming practices. The concept of filtration suggests this as an architectural technology as well. Spaces, facades, program adapt to orientation, re-orientation, and dis-orientation of a barge in the Mississippi River. Spatial "containers" can be moved into specific places via hydraulics or by crane. Spaces can then respond to site conditions via kinetic facades. This barge facilitates the growth of aquatic plants found in backwater lakes along the river such as duckweed, and algae, and studies their benefits and potential usages as opposed to commodity crops such as soy. The proposal also suggests the implantation of the barge itself along certain areas of the river and how it might then be able to deliver these products to rural areas, farmers, ecologists, sub-urban families, and cities.