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Selected Works 2009-2018

Carolina Saenz


Tensional Integrity, Material Research.


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TENTS About me

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Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Projects 01 Volant Trading 02 450 ParkAve. 03 Horizon Beach 04 City Lookout 05 Progreso Waterfront 06 Lookout House

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Academic Projects (MArch) 07 Tensional Integrity 08 Ferrari Workshop

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Art Projects 09 Light Print 10 Inter-National

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About me

Carolina Saenz


I started my architecture studies at La Universidad Marista de Merida in Mexico, where I got my Bachelor Degree in Architecture and Design. During my time in this school, my understanding of the built environment changed. I realised the scope architecture has in cities and people’s everyday life’s, and therefore our responsibilities as architects. In my third year of studies I had the opportunity to be part of an exchange programme with The Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana (PUCPR) In Curitiba, Brazil, this experience broaden my design approach to a more innovative an experimental one. Since then I have been fascinated on architecture as a discipline that has as foundation the constant link between situations, landscapes and processes. It can be considered as an activity in which we have to be constantly in the “in-between spaces” to negotiate with situations coming from different directions in order to create a new reality when they come together. In 2009 I started to work in PLUG architecture, where I collaborated on the development of important big scale projects for the state of Yucatan. These government commission projects demanded high level of detail and working within the constraints of budget, local construction processes and regulations. In 2011 I joined Atmosferia Architecture where my work was focused on the research and elaboration of international competitions for the office, this allowed me to intervene in a wide range of projects in different parts of the world. This experience gave me the opportunity to amplify my perception of the complex realities of architecture, realities that are both dynamic and diverse. Architectural design should work with the forces and flows of information revolving around the conception of a project, almost like encapsulating them in gravitational fields, trying to define the undefined. And in our ever-changing scenarios the spectrum of information to consider keeps getting wider and wider. This observation encouraged me to pursue a Master in Architecture to develop a more critical approach and the skills to achieve sensitive interventions in the built environment. I was immediately drawn to AA DRL program since it’s strongly oriented towards deep research and theory from a novel perspective, and because it establishes relationships with other fields. I am interested in projects that interrelates disciplines and the crossing of information to generate more flexible entities, adaptable and with a diverse spirit.

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Carolina Saenz Architect M.Arch DRL Architecture & Urbanism

710 Leonard St. 11222 Brooklyn, NY

+1 929 453 0050 carosaenzm@gmail.com

PERSONAL INFORMATION Date of Birth Place of Birth

28/11/83 Yucatan, MX

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Fogarty Finger Architecture 2015-March 2018 2018

CBRE_BUILD | Office Building |Private Commission | New York City, US | October 2017 - March 2018 Architect_ Design Development Phase, Construction Documentation & Administration •Design Development Drawings •Responsible for Construction Documents •Construction Administration (Management and approval of submittals, attending construction meetings and client liaison)

2017

1411 Broadway | Office Building | Private Commission | New York City, US |2017 Architect_ Construction Documentation & Administration. •Responsible for Construction Documents •Construction Administration (Management and approval of submittals, attending construction meetings)

2016

Volant Trading at 250 Vesey | Office | Private Commission | New York City, US | November 2016 Architect_ Design Development Phase, Construction Documentation & Administration. •Design Development Drawings •Responsible for Construction Documents •Construction Administration (Management and approval of submittals, attending construction meetings and client liaison)

2015

450 ParkAve. | Office Building | Private Commission | New York City, US | October 2015 Architect_Construction Documentation & Administration. •Responsible for Construction Documents •MEP coordination •Construction Administration (Management and approval of submittals, attending construction meetings and client liaison)

Atmosferia Architecture 2011-2015 2015

Horizon Beach | Multi-dwelling |Competition by invitation (first Prize Winner)| Chicxulub, MX | August 2015 Freelance Architect_ Concept & Design Development phase •Responsible for Concept Design proposal (Generation of diagrams, sketches & study models) •Contribution in Development Design Phase drawings (Site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections & details)

2014

16 Months studying MArch DRL (2013-2015)

2013

City Lookout | Urban Sculpture | Government Commission | Merida, MX | 2013 Architect_ Concept Design Phase •Responsible for Research & Concept Design proposal (Generation of Diagrams, CAD drawings & study models) •3Dmodelling & visualization

2012

Expansive Wall | Pavilion| Open Competition| Mexico City, MX | 2012 Architect_ Concept Design Phase •Contribution in Concept Design proposal (Development of design options, generation of diagrams, CAD drawings & study models) •3Dmodelling & visualization

2011

Netted Connections | London 2012 Olympics Pavilion | Open Competition |London, UK| March 2011 Architect_ Concept Design Phase •Contribution in Concept Design proposal (Generation of diagrams, CAD drawings & study models) •3Dmodelling & visualization References: Arch Isaac Zambra Isaac isaaczambra@gmail.com


Plug Architecture 2009-2011 2011

Sports Platform | High Performance Gym |Government Commission | Yucatan, MX | July 2011 Architect_Design Development Phase and Construction Documentation •Responsible for Development Design Phase drawings (Site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections & details) •Construction Documents •Envelope, Structural & M.E.P coordination

2010

Progreso Waterfront | International Waterfront | Government Commission, Yucatan, MX | Sept 2010 Architect_Design Development Phase and Construction Documentation •Responsible for Development Design Phase drawings (Site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections & details) •Construction Documents •Structural, M.E.P & illumination coordination

2009

Lookout House | Single Family Summer Villa | Private Commission | Chicxulub, MX | April 2009 Intern_Design Development Phase and Construction Documentation •Responsible for Development Design Phase drawings (Site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections & details) •Contribution in Construction Documents References: M.A.A. Roman Cordero Tovar info@plugarchitecture.net

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE 2015

Architectural Association DRL ,London, UK (MArch) Sept 2013-February 2015 Thesis Project ||Tensional Integrity, Patrik Schumacher Studio //Research in parametric design//Research form-finding processes, such as self-organization and Iterative structural optimization// Research and analysis of Lightweight structures//Study of CNC,Rapid Prototyping processes & 3d printing//Computational (generative) and physical (file to factory)

2014

Ferrari/ AADRL Collaboration, Maranello, IT (Workshop) August 2014 The aim of the workshop was to design the Ferrari of the future by applying different generative process. The learning of clay modelling as a form finding and fabrication process was also explored. // Physical Clay modelling// Grasshopper Kangaroo mesh relaxation simulations// Vehicle kinetic animations in Maya

2009

Universidad Marista, School of Architecture, Merida, MX (Bachelor in Architecture Degree) Sept 2003- August 2009 Thesis Project: Systemic Parks “GreenWAY” for the Cuxtal Natural Reserve

2007

Pontificia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Curitiba, BR (International Exchange Program) January 2007-August

AWARDS + RECOGNITION 2015

Horizon Beach (in collaboration with Atmosferia Architecture) First Prize Winner in the Competition by invitation to develop Cocoteros Multi-Dwelling August 2015

2013

CONACYT Scholarship Awarded by the Mexican Institution CONACYT a scholarship to study a master degree in Architecture August 2013

2012

Bonfire Open International Architectural Competition Third place winner with the project “Lightprint”//bonfire.papawestray.org 2012

2011

Society for the moving images about the built environment (SMIBE) Awarded second place with the short film “Exotic Matter” //smibe.net 2011

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY CAD

3D Modelling & Rendering

Post-Production & Graphics

Scripting & CAM

Autocad Rhino Archicad Revit

Maya Rhino Autocad 3Dmax Sketch up

Photoshop Illustrator Indesign AfterEffects Premiere

Processing Grasshopper Laser Cutting CNC Milling 3D printing

LANGUAGES

PERSONAL SKILLS

Spanish English Portuguese

Good Organisational Skills

Strong communication skills

Self motivated & Proactive

Ability to work independently or as part of a team

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Professional Projects


Volant Trading

Photo from corridor


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Name: Volant Trading Program: Interior architecture/Corporate office Location: New York City, US. Year: 2016 Client: Volant Trading Type: Private comission Office: Fogarty Finger Architecture Role: Architect Tasks: Design Development Drawings, responsible for Construction Documents & Construction Administration (Management and approval of submittals, attending construction meetings and client liaison) Located on the 26th floor of Cesar Pelli’s building 250 Vesey Street, Volant Trading Company needed a space that would enable their particular work dynamics while creating a visual connection with the terrace and the Hudson river. Materials play and important role in diffusing boundaries between spaces. Warm wood floors extend beyond transparent and solid office fronts creating a balance between views and privacy.

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Photo of feature wall at reception

Feature wall iterations


Professional Projects / Fogarty Finger /Volant Trading

Typical section at feature wall

The feature wall represents the “V� of Volant, in an elegant and subtle way. Many iterations were generated to select the option with the right scale, proportions, angle and sequence of the break lines.

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Fixed wood panel section detail


Professional Projects / Fogarty Finger /Volant Trading

Warm wood floors extend beyond transparent and solid office fronts creating a balance between views and privacy.

Office front elevation and plan section detail.

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450 ParkAve.

Photo of Reception


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Name: 450 ParkAve. Program: Interior architecture/office space Location: New York City, US. Year: 2015 Client: Oxford Properties Type: Private comission Office: Fogarty Finger Architecture Role: Architect Tasks: Responsible for Construction Documents, MEP coordination & Construction Administration (Management and approval of submittals, attending construction meetings and client liaison) Located on the prestigious Park Avenue, the scope of work included the re-branding and re-designing the building’s standard interior spaces to better align with its sophisticated location. Lobby spaces throughout the building feature rich, dark finishes, while office suites maximize the building’s ceiling heights to create brightly-lit, open, work areas.

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Partition Details


Professional Projects / Fogarty Finger /450 ParkAve.

Pantry elevation & section details 16


Horizon Beach

Overall view


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Name: Horizon Beach Program: Multi-dwelling Vacation Complex Location: Chicxulub, MX. Year: 2015 Client: Buenavista Developers Type: Closed Competition (1st Prize Winner) Collaboration: Atmosferia Architecture Role: Freelance Architect Tasks: Responsible for Concept Design proposal (Generation of diagrams, sketches & study models) Contribution in Development Design Phase. Living in front of the ocean is a multisensory experience, but the contemplation of the sea and the sky is one of the most powerful. Our glance extends in the horizon and our minds perceive an infinite scale. In this proposal the building enables this link through its own morphology. 1. A unit piled in 5 towers of 12 levels, to guarantee a visual link with the horizon throughout the entire extension of the program. 2. Displacements to create a bigger natural surface. 3. Emphasizing each unit as a cell to diffuse the boundaries of the building. 4. Removing some units to create a void, where specific program is embedded while allowing the landscape to pass through. 1

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Lobby

Gym

Business Center

Spa

Restaurant/Bar

The void becomes a collective contemplation space by embedding activies compatible with the nature of the space. Glass boxes and terraces allow the landscape to pass through.

Reference diagram for embedded programe


Professional Projects / Atmosferia/Horizon Beach

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General layout plan

Construction Logic


Professional Projects / Atmosferia/Horizon Beach

Fist Level

Standard

XL

Second Level

Premium

Units: standard (158m2), XL (189m2) and Premium (316 m2).

Interior Renders

Because each of the towers has structural independence, the design allows the complex to be built on stages. Pieces of precast concrete will be assembled on site. Terrace treatment

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City Lookout

View from the main avenue.


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Name: City Lookout Program: Roundabout/Urban Sculpture Location: Merida, MX. Year: 2013 Client: Merida City Hall Type: Government Commission Office: Atmosferia Architecture Role: Architect Tasks: Responsible for Research & Concept Design proposal (Generation of Diagrams, CAD drawings & study models) 3Dmodelling & visualization. The commission was to create a roundabout to solve vehicle flow problems and at the same time create an object to represent the identity of the city of Merida. The location of the roundabout is at the end the most important city avenue. It would also be located next to a square where the flag of the city is displayed. The project aims to solve the vehicular flow, connectivity between the roundabout and the square, and serve as a high reference in the flat city landscape.

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Monument location.

The Concept of the obelisk is sky and ground as main elements of the ancient and current Mayan culture. The reflective material covering this sculpture will be ever-changing with the colour of the sky and its surroundings, turning it into a timeless reflection of the city.

Concept diagram. Sky and Ground.

The new square aims to act as a topographical grandstand that allows people to sit during the ceremonies while working as natural steps to the tunnel that links the square to the sculpture. A lift at the bottom of the obelisk will take visitors to the top to experience a unique view of the city.


Professional Projects / Atmosferia/City Lookout

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Progreso Waterfront

Aerial view of the 1km waterfront


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Name: Progreso Waterfront Program: International Waterfront Location: Progreso, MX. Year: 2010 Client: Yucatan Government Type: Government Commission Office: Plug Architecture Role: Architect Tasks: Responsible for Development Design Phase drawings (Site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections & details). Construction Documents. Structural, M.E.P & illumination coordination This is a 1 km regeneration project of an old walk line, full of complex and mixed uses, mainly commercial. The need for entertaining areas, connections and infrastructure demanded a strategic approach . Different action lines were generated focusing on creating connectivity, modulation and expansion. At the same time the aim was to generate types of entities that merge with the flowing nature of the beach.

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View from the resting channel.

The platform is subdivided in channels or layers to ease pedestrian and vehicular flow through the platform. The main channels include: beach channel, resting channel, pedestrian channel, vehicular channel and access channel.


Professional Projects / Plug/Progreso Waterfront

The waterfront of Progreso is the most important for the state of Yucatan. It is the international water entrance from the Mexican Golf. The regeneration of this walkline will benefit tourism but it will mainly affect the urban life of its 35,065 inhabitants.

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General layout plan of the 1 km extension and a detailed plan of the first section.


Professional Projects / Plug/Progreso Waterfront

All the pieces are designed to ease the flow between the channels. The aim was to obtain an obstacle free single platform. The channels gradually dissolve into the beach through ramps and steps.

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Fabrication and assembly catalogue


Professional Projects / Plug/Progreso Waterfront

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Lookout House

Photo from the North Side


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Name: Lookout House Program: Resting Villa Location: Chicxulub,MX. Year: 2009 Client: Confidential Type: Private Commission Office: Plug Architecture Role: Intern Tasks: Responsible for Development Design Phase drawings (Site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections & details).Contribution in Construction Documents A vertical shelter to contemplate the landscape. Lookout house is the first one of a Resting Villa Complex in a plot situated in between the sea and a swamp. Its shape and position in the plot respond to a strategy based on three fundamental aspects for the preservation of the surrounding environment. Achieve a minimum construction surface; Maintain a distance from the shore to protect the natural dunes and finally establish a relationship with the immediate context. (sea, swamp, sunset, sunrise and sky)

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Program organization


Professional Projects / Plug/Lookout House

The program configuration establishes its relationship with the exterior. Not only in terms of material selection, but also in the perforation treatment according to the sun and wind parameters.

Growth Possibilities

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Master Plan


Professional Projects /Plug/ Lookout House

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Academic Projects


Tensional Integrity

Aerial view by day


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Program: Single Family House Location: London, UK Year: 2015 Type: Theses Project AADRL Role: MArch Student Collaboration: Delfina Bocca, Faten el Meri, Jose Rodriguez Gonzalez Tutors: Patrik Schumacher & Pierandrea Angius Tasks: Research,Concept & Design Development. Drawings,Renders, Simulations & Physical Models. Tensional Integrity recognises the user of a space as a dynamic entity whose needs create a set of ever-changing conditions, thus there is a new demand for architects to anticipate the future spatial needs of users. The proposal analyses the synergy between compression and tension in a system that stabilizes itself mechanically because of the way in which tensional and compressive forces are distributed and balanced within the structure. It explores the formation and self-organization of patterns in a transformable and repetitive process.

Steel Structure, grasshopper

Optimizing the Domino House, weaverbird

Tensiles, kangaroo

Optimizing Maison Dom-ino

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There was an interest in branching, where the entire structure is tensioned through suspension. A suspended system shows to be the flexible as it utilises the ceiling plane and minimises the rigidity of columns on the ground plane. Mobility in this system was explored and three movements were established: rotation, spin & displacement. Rotation was a result of a change in angle; spin was a result of the location of the columns on the surface grid, and displacement resulted from a change in distances between the edge of the slab and the base point of the column.

Perspective Section


Academic Projects / AA School/Tensional Integrity

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open space

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In terms of plot location, one of the requirements was to have access to the Camden canal, to explore an interface between the house and the vehicle through the road and the interface between the house and a boat through the canal. The project proposes to raise the house above water level, and let the canal flood the plot. The generative process of the house can be applied to plots with similar conditions.

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Longitudinal Section


Academic Projects / AA School/Tensional Integrity

For the generation of the slabs configuring each level of the house, topological structural optimisation through Millipede is carried out in order to achieve the most optimal pattern to transfer the structural loads. We compare the different patterns with the stress lines resultant from the structural effort. This Pattern is then used as the sub-structure of the slab, allowing for the lightest and most efficient slab tectonic.

Second Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan

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Academic Projects / AA School/Tensional Integrity

Screw Shaft

Type 1.Vertical Translation Ring Gear Roller nut Rollers Spacer

Mechanism Detail

Type 2. Tilting

Type 3. Tilting & Translating

Type 4. Tilting & Shifting

Through mechanical actuation slabs are able to vertically translate to create subdivisions. When a piston from the core pushes the slab forward it allows it to tilt up, creating double volumes and ceiling articulation. To achieve Tilting & Shifting the column works as an actuator that can increase its length. This telescoping allows the space to advance forward to create terraces and outdoor spaces. 50


Academic Projects / AA School/Tensional Integrity

Spatial Transformation

Environmental Transformation

Material studies exploring variations in the parameters of cutting patterns in polypropylene sheets, to achieve different densities and degrees of flexibility.

The skin of the house is a two layer system. The outer layer of the exterior kinetic system addresses the site conditions, light and views, while the inner layer deals with different degrees of flexibility to fold and unfold while following the motion of the slabs. Both layers work in collaboration to create openings and terraces. The inner layer of the exterior kinetic system has complete sensorial interface with the user. Its deployable generation results in soft surfaces that become spatial, as opposed to flat walls. The patterns create variations in size and position making each area unique. There is a visual effect created when visualizing the exterior through these layers. Sectional Physical Model

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Ferrari AADRL

Clay model Scale 1:2


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Name: Ferrari AADRL Program: Sports Luxury Car Location: Maranello, IT Year: 2014 Client: Ferrari Type: Ferrari-AADRL Workshop Role: MArch Student Collaboration: Delfina Bocca, Faten el Meri, Jose Rodriguez Gonzalez Tasks:Research,Concept & Design Development. Drawings,Renders, Simulations & Physical Models. The aim of the workshop with Ferrari was to design “The Ferrari of the Future� by applying different generative processes using as input data, mainly vehicle essential parts and air intakes. The learning of clay modelling as a fabrication and design process was also an essential part of the workshop.

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This model was generated using a plug-in in grasshopper for tensile and mesh relaxation (Kangaroo).Taking as a starting point a rectangular volume with the dimensions of a car, and a series of anchor points the mesh of the volume is relaxed and a higher value for the inner volume and at a lower value for the outer volume. Achieving through this process a double layer object.

Top, side and perspective renders, initial iterations


Academic Projects / AA School/Ferrari AADRL

Last Iteration with cavities

During the workshop in Ferrari , the request was to apply the same generative process, taking into consideration the real dimensions for the engine, seats for two and air intakes for cooling . Air flow analysis on last iteration.

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Art Projects


Light Print

Day view after the fire


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Name: Light Print Program: Installation/Land Art Location: Papa Westrey, SCT Year: 2012 Client: Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival Type: Open Competition (3rd Prize Winner) Role: Project Leader Tasks: Concept Design & visualization. The proposal focuses on using the destruction process to build a chain reaction. A fire line that runs through the landscape. A construction based on generating a sequence of events that will result on leaving a mark, a print that can be used to transit from one place to another.

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Man-made pathways in the landscape

Nightview during the fire ceremony


Art Projects / Light Print

Papa Westray Location Map

The fire will illuminate not only one point in space, but a route.On the same way fire would build a path for temporary use, a mark on the landscape . A fire that contributes to the connectivity but mostly to express the sense of universal motion of the elements and culture.

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INTER- National

Nightview during the fire ceremony


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Name: INTER-National Program: Installation Location: Monterrey, MX. Year: 2011 Client: N/A Tasks: Research & Concept Design Phase. Diagrams, CAD Drawings, 3D modelling, Visualization & Physical Model. Nations are defined or represented by frontiers. Frontiers that establish boundaries familiar to the people, becoming visual codes capable of transmitting diverse meanings. The silhouette of a country transforms and evolves trough time. This evolution suggests it is temporary and mainly mental. The boundaries of these two countries were chosen since they are living independently but in a state of continuing transformation due to its closeness and differences.

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The beholder finds himself in an undetermined visual estate between familiar boundaries. The installation becomes active when the visitor walks around; the movement reveals the estates of transformation of the silhouettes.

Plan and Isometric View


Art Projects / Inter-National

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