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ARCHITECTURE OF THE ABANDONED

CAN YOU DESIGN A HOUSE OF METAL JUNK?

LIFE UNDER THE MEMORY OF A GIANT UMBERELLA

FIRST PRIZE

TEAM CODE: TBT01050AA

LOCATION: DHAKA, BANGLADESH

IFTEKHAR UDDIN AHMED

S.M. EHSAN UL HAQUE SHWAPNIL

SUMAIYA AZMI

Every abandoned object has a story and reminds us of the life once lived with it. When an object loses its purpose, it becomes abandoned or disused. Incorporating a new purpose that abandoned objects can be made useful again. Adaptive re-use can be the best way to generate new life into an abandoned object, while conserving resources and greater sense of emotional value.

The invention of new communications technologies in the 1980s left the large satellite dishes abandoned which were installed as a part of radar and space observatory system during World War II and Cold War. Though these abandoned satellite dishes were the symbol of advancement of radio telecommunication technology of that time, now these giant metal dishes are left abandoned in different parts of Europe, America and Russia. 

These giant dishes have different sizes from 20-100-meter diameter. We look at such giant disc as an umbrella is pulled up to create a lofty space for a mezzanine floor. The other side rests on the ground giving structural stability and also creates a pool which holds rain water and welcomes people through a small courtyard. The design is done in a way that the abandoned trusses and other parts are used for structure utilizing its lofty side as a vista to enjoy the amazing natural beauty. In the interior, every one can get a view from anywhere, which is a very interesting aspect of the design.

JURY COMMENTS

“Good looking usage of this massive abandoned structure. The overall concept is completely aligned with the concept of ruins as part of a natural takeover of man-made structures. Strong dystopian vibes.

It presented the best-looking solution for design (both spatial-wise or aesthetically). Also, the presence of the original scavenged ruin is clear, showing that little had to be put along with the abandoned structure to showcase good architecture. It relates to the “as found” attitude of young architects’ movements in Britain, during the 1960’s and 1970’s, a very prolific time for architectural utopian and experimental movements – i.e. Archigram, Archizoom, and Superstudio. It presented an elegant and original solution, albeit difficult to seize in modularity terms – meaning it is not a good reproductible solution for generic spaces – and cast a very strong sense of nostalgia. The choice of element (the dish), being related to communication infrastructure, prop us the question of how dependent are we of the information network that we live, and that challenges even the physical dimension of architecture.”

-(Luiz Ricardo Florence, 23_Sul)

“Simple and a straight-forward idea. The idea can be replicated in any part of the world literally like a DIY kit, wherever the abandoned dish antennae are available. Clear presentation of thought and the use of object as a roof, makes the architecture financially viable and environmentally sustainable”

-(Manish Gulati, M:ofa)

“It’s a sophisticated proposal with a minimum intervention that generates an intelligent project.”

-(Patricia Llosa, Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos)

“It reveals a great appropriation of an abandoned structure, making it a habitable building of high architectural quality. An apparently simple, but challenging solution.”

-(Pedro Miguel Ferreira, Plano Humano)

“It is a project that intelligently synthesizes the intervention from the recycled piece, nothing is missing and nothing is left over. Nostalgia for nature is essential!”

-(Rodolfo Cortegana, , Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos)

“Excellent”

-(Sanjay Puri, Sanjay Puri Architects)

“A nice way to use a roof, harvest water. What about the rest of the home.
The brief allowed that one could add from another course? Nevertheless, the building looks great.”

-(Sharath Nayak, Biome Environmental)