Echinoidea, when wood expresses all its potential in design, technology and sustainability

Designed by GG-loop for Rubner Haus, Echinoidea is on display from 6 to 13 June in the Cortile d’Onore at the University of Milan, in Via Festa del Perdono 7

Milan, June 10, 2022. An installation designed to connect man and nature through a space in direct dialogue with the exterior and the use of light, wood and air as building materials. Designed by GG-loop and built by Rubner Haus, Echinoidea is the interpretation of an organic space whose function is the archaic of shelter. It is a modular wooden shell that offers visitors a contemplative and immersive experience and a new perspective on the lawn of the Cortile d’Onore from the University of Milan, home of the INTERNI Design Re-Generation exhibition. But more than anything else, Echinoidea wants to be the manifesto of a way of life that seeks the canons of zero-emission architecture in harmony with nature.

“The search for a form of harmonious coexistence with our planet is manifested through the deep connection and mutual exchange with nature of which we are a fundamental part – declares Giacomo Garziano, architect and founder of GG-loop – Minimizes the impact of our actions and of our buildings is not enough, we must turn the curve, we must necessarily aim for a positive ecological impact through our built environment.By exploring this possibility, the biophile and regenerative approach is fundamental to its inherent connection with nature. The Matrix of the Constructed that we must seek to find new solutions to the necessary regeneration of the planet. ”

“After the industrial revolution, the construction industry has transformed the entire production chain in the pursuit of efficiency and speed, not only on construction sites but also in the choice of materials and in the way of extracting, transporting, transforming them at the expense of the environment -” adds Martin Oberhofer, CEO of Rubner Haus – At present, it is more than ever obvious that this production logic is incompatible with a carbon-neutral architecture.Wood, as a natural material that renews itself, is the ideal material for an architecture that wants to have low energy consumption and low emissions of greenhouse gases. Although an old material, the development of technology and construction techniques today allows for performances never seen before. Echinoidea wants to be an example of such a potential. “

The installation is inspired by the concept of “clock cabin” introduced by Vitruvius in De Architectura and taken up by Abbot Marc-Antoine Laugier in his “An Essay on Architecture” (1753), in which he confirmed that the ideal architectural form embodies the natural. Particularly successful was the iconic illustration on the title page of the French artist Charles Eisen, who referred to the “watch cabin”. In the picture, an idyllic woman, perhaps the personification of architecture, points to a child, perhaps the naive architect, a simple rustic hut made up of trees and foliage – which Laugier will translate into the key elements of pillar, entablature and pediment. – as an archetype “on which all the greatness of architecture has been imagined”.

A parametric system consisting of 503 wooden slats for a footprint of 6x6x6m makes the pavilion modular, easy to assemble and extremely sustainable and reusable.

“Unlike the traditional processes of creating three-dimensional files that create a” static “3D model as output – Garziano adds – with parametric modeling, we have defined a number of rules in terms of parameters and numbers, which, inserted in the software, provides a ladder for installation in an almost automated way. By changing and acting on these parameters, it will be possible to achieve a virtually infinite number of variants and sizes of our model. “

The term shelter, shell, was further explored in the design phase by referring to the aquatic animal species of sea urchins, or Echinoidea, from which the installation got its name. This species, which dates back 450 million years, lives in all oceans and climates and is extremely important for understanding our ecosystem, as it supports the assessment of general ocean acidification, temperatures and ecological impacts.

In the Echinoidea installation, the light from the Artemide makes the environment even more inviting with linear RWB profiles that disappear by being integrated into the structure to make room for only the dynamic and enveloping light effect. The light emphasizes the wooden skeleton, giving volume to its interior and communicating with the outside. To this minimal but scenographic presence is added Gople Outdoor from BIG, large white speakers, light and resistant, which fit freely and flexibly into spaces according to an almost nomadic interpretation.



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