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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Salt Tower...


The Salt Tower
3D printed plaster, clay, salt, paint; base made of CNC milled marble. 


It's estimated that 99% of potable water in Qatar is desalinated sea water, a process that requires 5 litres of oil per each cubic meter of treated water. Most desalination plants are located along the country's west coast, resulting in the adjacent sea being approximately 30% more saline than the country's east coast. 

The design of the Salt Tower was catalyzed by the aforementioned. Placed by Qatar's west coast, the design is surrounded by a salt farm, which provides the raw material - the bricks - that make up the bulk of the Salt Tower's walls. Here, however, the tectonic support is, in a sense, 'reversed', and is actually provided by the gridded 'mortar' that surrounds the hollows that support the salt bricks. Maintaining this wall of salt would require constant upkeep. The salt farm provides the material, human labour would be needed to both fabricate the bricks and to patch the cavities resulting from seasonal rains and general erosion. The tower would act as a constant quantified reminder of the energy and effort required to provide us with one of our most basic needs.




Sketch of the Salt Tower...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Weathered Tower...


The Weathered Tower
 
Made of 3D printed white ABS; green, blue and black paint; base of CNC milled travertine and mastic. 

 
It's been estimated that the average age of a building in the Gulf region is 5 years, and the average lifespan of a building is 20 years.
 The design acknowledges the need for select nodes of seeming permanence in a perpetually changing world. The tower, which stands on an unspecified rock in an undetermined desert within the GCC, would act as a 'filter' of the subtly abrasive but unrelenting dust and sand present at the setting, which would permeate and transcend through its ribbed torso, a slow and extended performance that would gradually begin to weather and wear off the tower's various stratum of paint, layer by layer, revealing the green below the black, blue below the green, and the white core below the blue. This process would take years, decades, to complete. The layers would reveal themselves unevenly, dependent on the whims of the prevalent winds and its changing environs. In time the tower would reflect - celebrate - its age, and in its ever morphing/ amended presence, become a connective link between generations...







Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

AI Presentation at JAIST, Kanazawa, Japan...


Tomi's presenting at JAIST in Kanazawa, Japan, on May 17 (and Tokyo during the preceding days) talking about the work of AI. Please join us if you're in the neighborhood...
 
Thank you Tsubasa-San for arranging all of the above.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Three Muses Bracelet...


A bracelet of three interlocked/ hinged silver rings, which can be worn by a single individual or, in its unfolded state, by two BFFs... 
The hinges were 'printed' into each other (no assembly required)... 

The design was inspired by the three core muses in the AI family... 

Made of 3D printed silver... 




Hand models: Mona Makhlouf and Norah Al-Shammari.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Architects Independent Presentation at the Doha Fire Station...


Join us on Monday, March 27 at 6.30 pm at the Doha Fire-Station for our presentation titled:
 

Intrepid Architects Independent
Ardent Explorations of 3D Printing, Design, Architecture & Beyond... 


Portrait by Markus Elblaus