Sandworm

14 Apr

Sandworm © Nikita Wu

Willow and sand are the only two materials used to make this amazing structure on the coast of Belgium yet it may be one of the most beautiful works of architecture I have seen in a long time.

Exterior © Nikita Wu

Now I must say the outside doesn’t thrill me anywhere near as much as the interior does but I think that makes the inside all that more powerful. Imagine walking up and seeing the rather oddly shaped lump lying on the beach, nothing too impressive or intriguing looking but just enough to get you to peak inside. Then you get treated to an amazing play of light and shadow in a space that (I would guess) feels like the materials are so minimal that it could be blown over in the wind or crumble into a pile from a slight bump. On top of that the main space gets to be a huge 10 meters (about 33 feet) wide and 10 meters tall to create a space large enough to dwarf even the giants among us.

An Idea of Scale © Nikita Wu

I only wish I could get a chance to visit this amazing space. This is the type of simple yet amazing architecture that makes me wish we could all live in space like this, well until I think about my stuff!

© Nikita Wu

Source: http://www.archdaily.com/223656/sandworm-marco-casagrande/

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One Response to “Sandworm”

  1. Ryan April 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM #

    Very cool (and admittedly a little creepy in form)!

    The beauty of this is certainly in it’s inherent simplicity. Because you’re not distracted by any complexity in the building, you get the (sometimes rare) opportunity to nothing but get absorbed into the beautiful experience of the space. In addition, the materials and construction make the building, to me, feel like it is in harmony with its surroundings.

    “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus

    So, when is the field trip?!

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