La Tour de la Vache

______

This investigation began with the combinatory use of the I Ching with user-defined rule
systems to generate chance-based constructs. These were then randomly manipulated or
incorporated into subsequent architectural components, before being formalised into an
architectural design proposal.

Key themes derived during this process included the invasion of nature; urban fragility;
intentional destruction / burning; urban oddities; unorthodox material combination /
application and the cyclical reuse of resources – all of which were surprisingly evident in
Marrakech. In a similar fashion, the site itself was randomly selected as well as the
superimposed building programme of: leather tanning slaughterhouse with supporting shop
units and insect fighting arenas.

The resulting building is appropriately ambiguous; the rhetoric of decay and insanitation is so
embedded into the architecture that it is difficult to define ‘when’ (or ‘what’) the building is (or
was) – much like the urban fabric of Marrakech. Is it an ancient ruin, a recently abandoned
eyesore, a partially constructed monolith, or a complete building with Skeuomorphic
tendencies? Likewise, is this a finalised design or a set of design / construction principles
that guide a purposely haphazard build?

______

______

liam_atkins55@hotmail.co.uk

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: