I recently stumbled upon this imaginative space created by Swiss artist H. R. Giger. The HR Giger Bar, located in Gruyères, Switzerland provides a unique an otherworldly experience for its visitors. As if from a Science fiction movie or the mind of Antoni Gaudí, the interior (including the ceiling, walls, floors, fittings, tables, and chairs) are all modeled in a skeletal/vertebrae-style that the artist derived from his ‘Alien’ biomechanical environment and character designs.
While fairly monochromatic the atmosphere here skillfully blends both art and architecture with its infusion of texture, layers, and pockets of light and dark. Striking an almost primal bone (feel free to laugh), the use of what appears to be concrete as a skeletal material presents an interesting commentary about spaces where the living surrounded themselves by dead things (i.e. museums).
What do you think about this space? Would you visit? Please leave a comment below and be sure to check out this great 360 panorama courtesy of Matthias Belz and H.R. Giger Bar’s official website!
Recently, I came across this video which in short highlights an initiative to provide housing for homeless in Columbia by building 430sqft structures out of recycled plastic!
At a glance, it is a brilliant altruistic idea that has a lot of potential in helping an array of housing and environmental issues present in almost every country. This not only includes populations that are homeless, but those that may have been displaced due to naturally occurring disasters, social/political strife, war, or those areas which are experiencing shortages of material or an abundance of trash. The process demonstrated in the video appears simple enough:
Collect plastics (bottles, containers, etc.) → mill them down → melt and mold into bricks → stack via tongue and groove.
On a more critical note, I still harbor some questions about it:
- The structural stability of these houses
- The lifespan of the material ( how it will degrade and affect the environment)
- Potential hazardous health effects from long-term exposure to the plastics and additives
- Large-scale feasibility for a large issue
What are your thoughts on utilizing this material? I would also love to hear if you know more about the specifics of this project?