Mimesi_A Temporary Pavilion In Parco Del Neto
Marco Nucifora @ University of Florence
The Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef used to believe that mosquito is the only animal capable of defeating a rhino. Well, a cloud of mosquitoes.
This metaphor could be connected to the 2010 MoMa’s exhibition titled «Small Scale Big Change»: new realities, new ways of process, new dynamics, developed through many minimal architectures.
The compared scenario is a XIX century small English garden in the surroundings of Florence (Calenzano).
The occasion is the construction of a service center for the Parco del Neto. The idea was suggested by the local administration, consisting in a polyfunctional pavilion to facilitate meetings and sharing occasions for the local community. An interesting framework, in harmony with the context, that could strengthen a public place characterized by a strong esthetic and identity value.
Therefore, Sou Fujimoto wrote: «Be there several trees, this marks the beginning of architecture, and here the distinction between nature and man-made is still ambiguous».
The formal language of Nature is revealed and translated in architectural terms. It is like a caricature able to detach itself but also keep the entirety of the original sense.
Guided by the suggestive power of Nature, the project presents itself as a minimal intervention that pursuits the balance between «process design» – seen as a temporary work and as a structure without infrastructure – and «product design» characterized by the abstraction exercises of a “rationalized nature” that inspires it.
The blended between figurative and technical method create an architecture that is the support to tell a story, the story of a “lovely place”.
The result of the research is an architectural intervention that focuses on nature, the potential of a green space, collective needs, the simplicity of technological solutions and the bluntness of used materials: questions and answers that could be also in places away from Calenzano and could allow to observe that – with the design path – the difference between parco del Neto and Central Park in New York is just a simple scale factor.
Who influences you graphically?
The influences on the graphic of my project are wide and various. I took most of them from many websites, in particular – of course – your website, KooZA/arch. I also referred to the illustrations of many architectural firm such as SANAA, that inspired me for the people silhouette; SelgasCano, for the minimalism and the colors choice; in the end, Atelier Bow-Wow for the vector drawings.
Obviously, Nature was another source of inspiration, with its forms, lines and colors: elements that I translated into images.
What defined the language of representation of the project?
The language that I used was guided by choices based on essentiality and minimalism, in order to bring out the dialogue between Nature and Architecture, the trees and the project. My purpose was to abstract from the objects, with the goal to compare the essence, the geometries and, finally, to create a mimesis, where the differences “between Nature and man-made is still ambiguous”.
What is your take on colour?
Following the minimalism of the graphic language, I pursued the idea of a representation almost fabulous and fantastic. So, also the colors are very far from the realism;they don’t suggest the materiality, and the palette includes pastel colors to create a calm and controlled atmosphere.
What dictated the choice of images through which you choose to reveal the proposal?
I wanted to create iconic images, almost inspired to the “flat design”. Essential illustrations allow to focus on the main character: the lines. All the images represent the connection between Nature and Architecture. The graphic message depicts a “rationalized nature” and a “natural architecture”.
What programs did you use?
I used Rhinoceros for creating the 3D model that was the base of drawings. Then, I export the vector lines and edited them using Adobe Illustator and Autodesk AutoCAD. Once I had the lines of the illustration, I used Adobe Photoshop to add the colors, the texts and some effects, like shadows and lights in the views.
Marco Nucifora is a graduate masters’ degree in Architecture at the University of Florence. He’s involved in graphic research, technologies and self-construction. He’s interested in develop his own way of designing and drawing, to create an architecture devoted to social sphere, environmental impact, local experiences and context dynamics. He’s sure that architecture, through the creativity and the participation, could generate new realities and new processes.