Log-A-Rythm In 2021, LID co-director Alicia Nahmad got shortlisted for the Tallin Biennale 2022. Our proposal responds to the topic of Slow Building by connecting the topics of mindful automation, participatory craft-making and appreciation of human-based physical processes. Our proposal explores techniques related to the longstanding Estonian traditions of log-house construction and joinery. Traditional materials and fabrication methods have been investigated, augmented and put to reinterpreted uses.
The pavilion takes the form of a doubly curved form-found structure. The fluid nature of the form aims to combine state-of-the-art computational design and automation technologies with traditional fabrication techniques. The design takes advantage of the heritage and sustainability of green log wood to create the structure. Logs of varying diameters of Estoniant timber are packed to achieve the curved geometry. The logs are stacked in such a way as to achieve a duality of textures – a smooth exterior in contrast with the rich texture on the other.
The proposal uses lashing as a joinery strategy to avoid unsustainable milling and a robotic enabled lathe to shape the logs for packing .
Two woven mesh patterns of ropes, with a variable offset, are used to lash and tension the logs. Along with the varying log lengths, this increases the bending capacity where bending moments are highest.
Our inhabitable structure could be dismantled in legacy mode giving each visitor a log to keep and make into a stool, table or post-process into a wood product.
It was an honour to be named one of the finalists out of 119 entries
Design Alicia Nahmad, Andy Watts, Vishu Bhooshan
Structure Summum Engineering
Team Anagha Patil, Mauricio Villagra