”Two Manifolds” View Point by Nuno Pimenta

See permanent and temporary from infinite horizon.

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看上去永恒的事物也许永远都是暂时的。直到现在,Azores群岛之中还不断有新的岛屿被发现。在这片不确定的区域上,人们往往会寻求经济的持续性和围合感。Two Manifolds便被建造在这个与世隔绝的环境中,人来人往,重复摇摆在永恒和短暂之间。人们在这里会情不自禁地踮起脚尖,希望能再多看到一些地平线——这条仿佛无边无际,模糊不清而又真实存在的海天交界。

What seems permanent may forever be temporary. The Azores archipelago is partly defined by the continuous search for new horizons, being this will driven by certain needs or curiosity; the economic sustainability or the feeling of enclosure. ‘Two Manifolds’ explores this insular condition, this bipolar relationship between the permanent and the temporary, the act of going or staying. It invokes the desire to raise ourselves to be able to see a little more of this seemingly infinite horizon, this diffuse but concrete line that defines an uncertain periphery.

▼海岛边缘的观景台,view point in the peripheral area of the island

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观景台位于Santa Clara,是Ponta Delgada最外围的区域之一。尽管这座城市贫困落后,但却有着重要的地位,因为其港口是群岛和世界交流的主要门户之一。为了发展这片城市外围区域,新中心的建立至关重要,并且要强调群岛的欧洲语境。Two Manifolds由不同的向量交叠在一起,将基地与周边环境乃至群岛的政治和地理现状联系在了一起,为人们提供了一个停留和观测的场所,成为了区域的地标。

This viewpoint is located in Santa Clara, one of the most peripheral places of Ponta Delgada. Although it is an underprivileged area, Santa Clara is known for its importance in the construction of the port of this city, one of the major exchange gates between the archipelago and the world. It was important to create a new centrality in this urban periphery and to emphasize the peripheral condition of the Azores in the European context. ‘Two Manifolds’ thus creates a landmark, a stopover and observation point, a crossing of different vectors connecting the site to its surrounding universe and to the political and geographical condition of the Azores.

▼在观景台眺望远方,view the distance from the view point

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项目分为两层,上层供人观测和自省,下层则为休息和停留空间。建筑主要向三个方向伸展,表达了与基地不同程度的关系。建筑的两层由不同使用寿命的材料明确区分开来,当地工匠和志愿者相互合作,以流水线的形式完成了整个建造过程。

The piece consists of two levels – a higher level for observation and introspection, a lower one for rest and stay – and three predominant directions that establish relations with different degrees of proximity to the site. Each of these levels is made of distinct materials with different resistance to time and they were all built through processes of autoconstruction and in collaboration with local artisans and volunteers.

▼下层休息,上层自省,lower level for rest, while the upper level for introspection

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考虑到基地暴露于海风之中,自然环境较为恶劣,建筑师参考填海使用的巨型散砾石,用三块混凝土长椅构成建筑底层,抵御大海的影响。三座长椅围绕成一个中心,即便经历狂风暴雨,依然会继续存在,展示了建筑的永恒性。上层由当地盛产的杉木建造而成,可以被轻易地拆卸下来以进行储藏和维护,建筑的短暂性便体现于此。

Taking into account the location – an inhospitable area exposed to the sea and winds – the lower level consists of a set of three concrete benches, inspired by large tetrapods that protect that area from the sea. These benches suggest a new centrality and, due to its permanent character, record the intentions of the piece in case severe storms affect the place. The top level is in cryptomeria wood (or Sugi, an endemic Japanese tree also abundant on the island of S. Miguel), has temporary characteristics and is easy to disassemble for storage and maintenance purposes.

▼混凝土底座和木制观景台,concrete benches and wooden box

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▼进入,停留,观景,enter, stay and observation

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上层的盒子模仿集装箱形式,指向了三个不同的方向,均与当地历史以及群岛的地理文脉紧密相关。第一个方向为建筑入口,面向Santa Clara城市,欢迎居民到这里参观;第二个方向转向大海,瞭望Ponta Delgada港口,那里将岛屿和世界联系在了一起;第三个方向与欧洲政治中心相反,提醒人们不要忘记群岛中更加边缘的地区,鼓励他们用自己的双眼去扩展认知的边界。

This tripartite wooden box, which resembles freight boxes, points at three places closely linked to the local context and to the archipelago’s geographical context : a first direction, the one with the entrance, points to Santa Clara and invites its residents to visit the viewpoint; a second, swung seaward, overlooks the port of Ponta Delgada, the point of both entry and exit of the island; the third leads us to the opposite direction of the European political centre and reminds us of the ultraperipheral political and geographical condition of regions of the Azorean archipelago, encouraging us to expand this ultraperiphery with our very own eyes.

▼入口和望向大海的方向,different directions, with the entrance and towards the sea

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▼平面图,三个不同的方向,plan showing the three directions

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▼立面图,elevation

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Materials: Cryptomeria wood, Concrete
Size: 4,46×3,86×3,86
Location: Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel island, Azores
Producer: Walk&Talk Azores – Public Art Festival
Photography: Rui Soares

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