The Tower

Intervention
Patio de la Iglesia de San Bartolomé
Concentrico 05

Hana Procházková & Martin Kloda

An ephemeral construction as a connection between the secular world and the spiritual one. The installation uses the 20 Garnica plywood boards maximizing their use to create the highest possible structure, with respect to the harmonic proportions of the church tower. The project is a structural model of the stone tower of the church of San Bartolome in scale 1:10. The main proportion of the Tower is 1: 4 (plant: height). We use five thickness panels for the basic module: 1.8 mm x 5 = 9 cm. We can install a tower 3.6 m high from 40 layers of basic module, with a floor plan of 90 x 90 cm. The tower is in proportions of sacred geometry. The complete module of 40 units is divided into an entire ratio of 15: 5: 7: 7: 6 and consists of two equal parts.

The lower half of the tower is solid, according to the actual structure. There is a small opening – in reference to the newly discovered window – in this part. The material is concentrated, but the structure is semitransparent, the transparency depends on the viewer’s perspective. The proportions of the lower half of the tower are 15: 5 (or simplifying 3: 1).

The upper half of the tower is bright, with large window openings on three floors. These three parts of the upper half are not equal thirds. They are divided into an integer ratio of 7: 7: 6. Light is coming through the top of the tower.

The installation is a kind of statue, which served as a milestone, surrounded by movable boxes to sit on. These boxes refer to the changes that are in progress at the site. We are entering a new context, not just urban.

Martin Kloda y Hana Procházková

Martin Kloda and Hana Procházková, Czech architects based in Prague, founded ARCHWERK the architectural works-hop in 2012.

They are dedicated to architecture, as well as to the design and implementation of experimental buildings, based mainly on design and technological simplicity, natural materials and site-specific design.

The buildings they make as a physical experiment, often manually and with a small budget, do not have the ambition to change the perception of space and the limits of architecture, but rather to enrich a specific place and community. Small social and construction experiments that can be created in an artisan way without losing the importance of the conceptual and technological dimension.

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