ELIAS LINDHOFF (SE/DK) and SEBASTIAN MARDI (SE/DK) architects
Taís Alvino da Silva, Bálint Viola, Luis Echeverria, Kovács Borbála, Dan Liu, Leon Steffani, Thurnay Júlia Anna, Julie van Zinnicq
The Accordion got its name from its light cover, which was placed around the heavy interior structure by knots, without the use of screws. The wooden building is in constant physical contact with its environment: light comes through its cover which is like a curtain, the wind plays with the accordion-like light structure, while the rainwater shapes its curved arc. The work of the architects is an experiment: the goal is to make the user experience its weight, lightness, ductility. It was important for the creators to finish the complex plans together with their team by improvising and without using a computer. It is possible to climb to the top of the building for those who want to look further in the landscape, while in the inside there are benches for the ones who want to listen to their own thoughts.
In this years Hello Wood event, Sebastian and Elias continues their ongoing investigation into the possibilities of wood as a building material, when taking advantage of not only its load-bearing capabilities but also its tensile strength.
The investigation will be carried out in close cooperation with a group of students through the joint construction of a small pavillion with a module-based wooden facade which will be stretched like fabric across the sides of a stiff primary structure.
Using a cross-shaped layout and transparent walls, Sebastian and Elias want to adress the theme of balance as a question concerning both space and materiality. In the pavillion, heavy beams and highly flexible slates of wood balance eachother in a structural equilibrium between tension and rigidness, while four individual rooms might or might not be used as one space, being connected by the small courtyard at the centre of the cross.
Sebastian Mardi, architect, grew up outside Stockholm and is now about to embark his master thesis project at the Royal Academy´s architecture school in Copenhagen. Previously he studied at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, before moving overseas to work for Levenbetts, a New York-based architectural practice. Returning to scandinavia, Sebastian also spent a year the well-renowned office of Henning Larsen Architects. before enrolling at the academy.
Elias Lindhoff, also an architect of swedish origin, began his academic carrier studying cultural geography at Lund university, before finding his way to the architecture school in Copenhagen in late 2007. Between the academic years, Elias participated in the annual two-week camps of EASA (European Architecture Students Assembly), twice as a workshop tutor, creating modular structures with low-cost materials and simple fabrication methods. Currently, Elias is engaged in the construction of two temporary pavillions on a small square in the center of Stockholm, as a part of project initated by the city council to activate public space through architectural interventions.
TOGETHER, for the last couple of years, Sebastian and Elias have occassionally teamed up in Copenhagen for competitions and workshops, nurturing their shared interest in thinking through making, using playful and intuitive experiments with physical models to inform their respective practices as architects.