This pul, a visual representation of a wooden bridge, is not an exercise in design but in skeuomorphism (a term I borrow from UX/UI design in which virtual objects mimic their real-world counterparts), or as American architects Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi would’ve called it, it’s a duck, a building that itself expresses its function—often boldly.
“The duck is the special building that is a symbol,”
This pathway by French architect Robert Mallet-Stevens (look at that hardware!):
Steampunk by SomeemHahm, Igor Pantic and Fologram, designed for the Tallinn Architecture Biennale, using steam-bent wooden strips:
Frequent student work from the University of Stuttgart, ETH Zurich and the AA School of Architecture using driftwood, engineered wood, pallets, and digital fabrication:
“In the 27 years of my woodworking business, I have never thrown away a knot. Many people see knots as a defect, but to me knots are the visual representation of a trees struggle to thrive. Not all little limbs become big branches, but their combined efforts on behalf of the tree as a whole should be celebrated. Just like human scars they tell a story of sacrifice and healing. Each of these “scars” has a unique personality and deserve the chance to be appreciated as art.”
That’s what experiments are about: trial and error that leads to innovation.
Architecture is a collaborative process, it cannot be practiced from disconnected silos and by turning our backs on history, context, culture, economics, politics, material, technology and people.