REGENERA

ALBERTO RONCELLI

Pays du projet

Suisse

Statut du Lauréat

Professionnel

Regenera is a speculative project that investigates how the growing capabilities of simulation tools, hyper-customizable mate- rials, and additive manufacturing allow us to imagine new relationships between architec- ture and natural ecosystems. In particular, Regenera was born from the desire to give an architectural response to the theme of damaged ecosystems and burned forests.

The intuition is that a fully customizable biodegradable structure made of nutrients, seeds and living materials can help the recovery process of local fauna and flora. This structure is designed to be eroded and transported by wind to continuously spread useful substances to the surrounding envi- ronment. Moreover, small animals and birds can use cavities and holes as temporary shelters and eat the plants grown on them. Only few humans occupy a room in the low- er level to monitor the performance of the structure during the initial stages.

In Regenera the “architecture” is not de- signed to last, but rather to disappear. The notion of “skyscraper” is transformed into that of “scraped from the sky”. The act of choosing materials evolves into the act of mixing specific substances. The design of Regenera is the design of its dissolution.

The version proposed here is a 100 meter tall object located in the center of a burnt forest. It is composed of a lattice struc- ture that changes the material composi- tion, shape, behaviour, and performance throughout the object. The uppermost and outermost layers (composed primarily of nutrients and seeds) are thinner and more brittle, breakable and spreadable by the wind. An porous innermost layer allows lichens, mold, grass and fungi to grow, while a thick core located at the bottom of the object gives stability to the entire structure and protects the lab.

While the paradigms of Regenera propose new ways of conceiving and thinking archi- tecture, its practicability lies in future studies and collaboration of chemists, geographers, meteorologists, engineers and biologists.

Today, this project-manifesto serves as a tester, an experiment to stimulate discus- sion on the evolving relationship between architecture and nature.