Cladding, a discourse predicated on the surface
This workshop challenged the students to generate claddings based on historic façades and experiment with different materials during the cladding process. The resilience theme is clearly present in this assignment. After all, resilience implies both persistence and change which are embodied in architecture through structure and cladding.
Each group has built a wooden casting box to serve as the cladding recipient. During the week the student will work around various themes. Yesterday’s theme was ‘precedents’. Each group received a cladding reference from the 20th century to study its history and meaning.
For the last two days students have been creating claddings/tiles inspired on real historic façades. After a long working night, the students presented their result this morning. The results showed a stunning resemblance between the mood boards of the façades and the actual claddings that were created.
Now students are working on their next assignment! They have to create ten new claddings in which a mix of materials is used. For example: mixing the claddings with glass, plants or paint.
“It’s fun to work with my hands, with materials I usually don’t use”