Seetharam Vallabhaneni, 2017 (unless otherwise stated)
Location : Fangataufa , Tuamotus
Built Area : 1200 Sq. Ft.
Materials Used : Compressed Paper, Minerals
Keywords : Floating pavilions, Interventions, Eco-friendly
Temporal Interventions is a floating memorial consisting of 5 individual pavilions that together question the interactions between : man, his nature, and the NATURE.
The project aims to employ architectural interventions and establish a series of connected spaces that mark the site where the world's attention was first focused on the effects of nuclear experimentation.
Temporal Interventions is a symmetric constellation of individual spaces, each with a specific function, carefully designed to curate a very specific experience for the user. It consists of a Dock, two Threshold spaces, two Reflection spaces and a Tower. Its intent is to highlight the resilience of nature.
Man’s interventions destroyed the site’s capacity to support life, however after a long troubled journey the space is slowly recovering and is showing signs of new life. I wanted my memorial to take the story of the site - of man destroying the nature and turn it on its head - of man (in this case man made structures) supporting and valuing nature’s importance.
The forms are all made out of paper and additional nutrients and coated with a biodegradable hydrophobic protective layer that slowly degenerates. The memorial is intended to decompose over time and in the process support the ecosystem as paper and nutrients mix into the water.