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“Natural systems offer architects significant potential”.
The cactus has many resources; it is capable to modify its shape accord- ing to the external environment. The aim of our study was to understand the proliferation of this plant .At the beginning, we studied the cells and the peaks to develop a panel of forms, which helped us for the question of both the climate and the environment. Based on our previous researches, the architectural project was the combination of the adaptability and persistence of the cactus. The project takes place in the Wave, Arizona (USA). The site is well known for its curved topography. To get to the Wave, you need to take a 3 mile hike in the open desert through rock and sand and undulating hills. The payoff is a colorful sandstone formation that offers seemingly end- less photographic opportunities.
The main idea is to create a place where the skaters can practise and enjoy the view. The general shape answers the users’ needs. The skate park is surrounded by mechanisms that can be opened and closed according to the skaters’ movements: it creates shadow and it cools down the air. Moreover the project is based on the mechanisms, which allow the structure to be removed easily without any fixation on the ground. The site is protected, it’s essential to have the slightest impact possible that’s why the structure is made with removable pieces that can be put in different hot spots.

Team : Benjamin Alezraa
















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