Architecture competition Pape Bird Observation Tower Honorable mention - NYXO

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winners of the Honorable mention of our “Pape Bird Observation Tower” competition - Mirko Daneluzzo, Michele Daneluzzo and Cristian Li Voi from United Kingdom!

Mirko Daneluzzo, Michele Daneluzzo and Cristian Li Voi from United Kingdom

Nyxo​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Design​ ​Studio​ ​founded​ ​in​ ​2015​ ​by​ ​Mirko​ ​and​ ​Michele​ ​Daneluzzo.​ ​The​ ​company​ ​operates​ ​through​ ​design investigations​ ​of​ ​different​ ​types​ ​and​ ​scale,​ ​research​ ​and​ ​teaching,​ ​from​ ​industrial​ ​and​ ​product​ ​design​ ​to architecture.

Our​ ​mission​ ​is​ ​to​ ​push​ ​the​ ​boundaries​ ​of​ ​design​ ​within​ ​the​ ​client's​ ​needs.​ ​Our​ ​practice​ ​is​ ​a​ ​place​ ​for​ ​challenging the​ ​way​ ​we​ ​think​ ​about​ ​design​ ​and​ ​the​ ​ecologies​ ​in​ ​which​ ​we​ ​are​ ​immersed.​ ​Context,​ ​Matter​ ​and​ ​Technology​ ​are the​ ​three​ ​concerns​ ​of​ ​our​ ​research.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​the​ ​mechanism​ ​of​ ​interaction​ ​of​ ​phenomena,​ ​producing indeterministic​ ​forms​ ​able​ ​to​ ​include​ ​different​ ​realities.

DESIGN​ ​APPROACH

Our​ ​work​ ​is​ ​often​ ​informed​ ​by​ ​experimenting​ ​with​ ​concepts​ ​and​ ​techniques​ ​outside​ ​the​ ​profession,​ ​coupling science​ ​with​ ​aesthetics,​ ​ecology​ ​with​ ​politics​ ​and​ ​simulation​ ​along​ ​with​ ​the​ ​narration.

The​ ​team’s​ ​focus​ ​is​ ​on​ ​the​ ​articulation​ ​and​ ​management​ ​of​ ​intricate​ ​scenarios,​ ​both​ ​in​ ​the​ ​design​ ​and​ ​fabrication processes,​ ​using​ ​digital​ ​computational​ ​tools:​ ​understanding​ ​the​ ​stratification​ ​of​ ​the​ ​information​ ​and​ ​exploiting digital​ ​simulations​ ​to​ ​find​ ​new​ ​structural​ ​and​ ​aesthetic​ ​languages.

Our​ ​projects​ ​are​ ​often​ ​informed​ ​by​ ​mapping​ ​and​ ​transforming​ ​of​ ​imperceptible​ ​forces,​ ​mingling​ ​Information Technology​ ​and​ ​unconscious​ ​experience,​ ​where​ ​the​ ​glue​ ​is​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Information​ ​Tool,​ ​to​ ​transcribe heterogeneous​ ​codes.

Brief​ ​information​ ​about​ ​the​ ​projects​ ​that​ ​you/your​ ​company​ ​have​ ​been​ ​involved​ ​with.​ ​For instance​ ​what​ ​scale​ ​have​ ​you​ ​focused​ ​on/preferred,​ ​any​ ​significant​ ​projects​ ​where​ ​company/ individuals​ ​have​ ​been​ ​involved?

The​ ​studio​ ​is​ ​characterized​ ​by​ ​a​ ​heterogeneous​ ​production,​ ​the​ ​project​ ​typologies​ ​range​ ​from experimental​ ​limited​ ​edition​ ​objects​ ​to​ ​serial​ ​products,​ ​from​ ​small​ ​pavilions​ ​to​ ​public​ ​buildings.​ ​The contamination​ ​of​ ​knowledge​ ​coming​ ​from​ ​different​ ​fields,​ ​from​ ​material​ ​systems​ ​to​ ​fabrication techniques,​ ​is​ ​the​ ​lymph​ ​for​ ​our​ ​next​ ​projects.

​What​ ​does​ ​architecture​ ​mean​ ​to​ ​you​ ​and​ ​what​ ​is​ ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​an architect​ ​in​ ​your​ ​society?

Architecture​ ​is​ ​a​ ​cultural​ ​practice,​ ​an​ ​expression​ ​of​ ​desires​ ​that​ ​brings​ ​into​ ​physical​ ​form​ ​cultural​ ​values. It​ ​is​ ​an​ ​interface​ ​between​ ​the​ ​people​ ​and​ ​the​ ​environment,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​capacity​ ​to​ ​affect​ ​how​ ​people​ ​feel​ ​the​ ​world, how​ ​people​ ​feel​ ​themselves​ ​and​ ​other​ ​people.​ ​Architecture​ ​is​ ​a​ ​device,​ ​that​ ​deals​ ​mainly​ ​with​ ​the​ ​relationship between​ ​people​ ​in​ ​terms​ ​of​ ​space​ ​and​ ​presence,​ ​in​ ​terms​ ​of​ ​bodies,​ ​but​ ​Architecture​ ​is​ ​not​ ​necessary​ ​a​ ​building. For​ ​us,​ ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​architecture​ ​is​ ​to​ ​build​ ​up​ ​devices​ ​able​ ​to​ ​re-define​ ​ourselves,​ ​able​ ​to​ ​provoke,​ ​to​ ​challenge​ ​us.

​Why​ ​do​ ​you​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​architecture​ ​vision​ ​competitions?

We​​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​architecture​ ​vision​ ​competitions​ ​because​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​training​ ​session​ ​with​ ​feedback.​ ​It​ ​is that​ ​moment​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​different​ ​methodological​ ​scenarios​ ​and​ ​apply​ ​them​ ​in​ ​a​ ​specific​ ​context.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​an​ ​excuse​ ​to force​ ​you​ ​to​ ​reset​ ​your​ ​personal​ ​agenda,​ ​to​ ​rebalance​ ​your​ ​focus​ ​and​ ​objectives.​ ​And​ ​the​ ​competition​ ​is​ ​an environment​ ​in which to​ ​test​ ​the​ ​concept,​ ​the​ ​idea,​ ​within​ ​a​ ​specific​ ​community.

​What​ ​advice​ ​would​ ​you​ ​give​ ​to​ ​individuals​ ​who​ ​struggle​ ​to​ ​decide​ ​whether​ ​it​ ​would​ ​be beneficial​ ​for​ ​them​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​architecture​ ​vision​ ​competitions?

The​ ​advice​ ​is​ ​to​ ​profit​ ​from​ ​the​ ​specific​ ​situation​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​your​ ​agenda.​ ​It​ ​could​ ​be​​ ​a​ ​moment​ ​of reflection​ ​about​ ​your​ ​work:​ ​it​ ​is​ ​always​ ​precious​ ​to​ ​re-think​ ​about​ ​what​ ​we​ ​do​ ​and​ ​re-organize​ ​our​ ​ambitions. 

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