TGP 3: Bow-Wow

Atelier Bow-Wow - Competition Entry 'The Great Pyramid' (Copyright Bow-Wow)
Competition-entry The Great Pyramid (Copyright Atelier Bow-Wow) (click-2-enlarge)

‘Void Metabolism’ is how Atelier Bow-Wow has named their proposal for The Great Pyramid. Unlike the focus on the core of the original Metabolist movement in the 1960’ies, Void Metabolism is based on the flexibility of the void.

Atelier Bow-Wow has considered the whole site as a single void, surrounded by a ring road. Inside that infra ring there is second ring of leaf-like pavilions, where one can meet in a group, or retreat individually.

“The bedrooms are treated as ritual spaces, where a visitor spending a night on the site can meditate facing the pyramid landscape”, Atelier Bow-Wow writes: “Each room has its own individual path that eventually connects to the pyramid, forming a special connection between the guest and the monument.”

How cool is that; every griever has its own, unique path to the pyramid. As the pyramid grows more paths can be constructed. The void in between the paths accommodates that growth. The creation of a new path results in the fragmentation of the gardens that materialize the void. Each new path comes with a new garden, planted with a new species. As the dead are stacked in the pyramid, new species – new life – is emerging on the field below.

From the grave to the cradle, we could joke. But seriously, I think growing new (plant) life would bring a positive atmosphere to the complex. Unless, of course it is autumn… or winter. Speaking of which: are the leaf-pavilions, scattered on the ground, secretly a metaphor for the autumn, which in its turn could be a metaphor of saying goodbye? I must be imagining that.

Funny is how these leaf-houses actually work. They connect right to the branches with their steel, which functions as the entrance. ‘Hello, welcome to my leaf’.

I wonder if the next generation of palm-islands in Dubai will feature palm-leafs as houses, and huge coconuts as restaurants. I am sure Rem Koolhaas would be happy to provide a design or two. To continue the speculation: How many months will it take before the design is unveiled for a round light-emitting building on The Universe. At daytime solar panels collect the energy that is needed to power the LED skin during the night. Gensler has a design on the shelve.

Back to The Great Pyramid. The proposal of Atelier Bow-Wow has some other features that need to be mentioned. First there is a ‘Stone River’: “After being deposited on the ring by truck, the stones move slowly toward the construction site by canal, as a last symbolic journey through the purifying element of water”, Atelier Bow-Wow reports: “The boat becomes the private ceremonial space where the friends and relatives of the departed can reflect, meditate, and be in contact with the stone.”

Then, close to the pyramid, the designs have projected a sort of dock and a construction platform that is only accessible for grievers. That’s it.

 

Atelier Bow-Wow - Competition Entry 'The Great Pyramid' (Copyright Bow-Wow)
Competition-entry The Great Pyramid (Copyright Atelier Bow-Wow) (click-2-enlarge)

 

Atelier Bow-Wow - Competition Entry 'The Great Pyramid' (Copyright Bow-Wow)
Competition-entry The Great Pyramid (Copyright Atelier Bow-Wow) (click-2-enlarge)

 

Atelier Bow-Wow - Competition Entry 'The Great Pyramid' (Copyright Bow-Wow)
Competition-entry The Great Pyramid (Copyright Atelier Bow-Wow) (click-2-enlarge)

Earlier: Pyramid, by… Germany?

Related iconography: Pyramid, by Herzog & de Meuron; Pyramid, by Foster; Pyramid, by Simpson; Pyramid, by Pei; Pyramid, by Baikdoosan; Pyramid, by Pareira; Pyramid, by Van der Hart 


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