‘ICARUS’ is a design research developed by BASE studio along with 3rd year undergraduate students, as part of an Academic Workshop at the Architecture Faculty, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile.
Teaching Staff: BASE studio
Felipe Sepúlveda + Bárbara Barreda + Matías Ramírez
Benjamín Abusleme + María Jesús Adriasola + Manuel Alonso + María Jesús Cortez + Catalina Ellena + María Jesús Gómez + Constanza Gomez + Ilanit Gottlieb + María José Jara + Antonio Labbé + Isidora Leiva + Santiago Ortúzar + Ignacio Salinas + Antonia Santillán + Agustín Squella + Bárbara Torres + Alex Vargas + Ana Vasconez + Fernando Verdugo + Kimberly Vielma
ICARUS is a system of structural/collaborative canopies that seeks to temporarily activate and give habitability to disused urban spaces.The exploration is initially triggered by observing the material properties and structural behaviour of bamboo and colihue for the creation of complex double curvature geometries. The system takes into account the construction techniques of local native cultures, as a manufacturing strategy for current low-tech contexts, limited budget and unskilled labor.From a series of rules and variable parameters, the system is able to respond to a variety of spatial, scalar and programmatic conditions. Its proliferation, relationships and geometric variations were studied and evaluated through generative digital models and 1:1 physical prototypes.The system is defined by a series of hyperbolic paraboloids (panels) made out of bamboo and colihue, organized in pairs and aggregated in a circular fashion, in order to create a self-supporting and collaborative structural system that lands on the ground without the need of foundations. Panels are joined together with braided polypropylene ties and are covered with raschel mesh at the top to cast shadows."ICARUS" was applied as a structure composed of 7 pairs of panels (5m. x 5m. each); installed on an underground vent of 15 mteres in diameter, resulting from the construction of the latest's Santiago Metro line, in the context of a temporary "Plaza de Bolsillo", activated in October 2018.