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The Stone: Art Concept Lifts Underground Habitat Into the Sky

Posted By Andrew Michler On October 4, 2010 @ 3:30 pm In Art | 1 Comment

Marcelo Ertorteguy, art and architecture, underground building, building as art, conceptual building, [1]

Sometimes it takes a radical idea to refresh the way we think about our built environment. The Stone by Architect Marcelo Ertorteguy [2] provides just that vision – he proposes that an underground bunker be suspended in the air within the confines of a block of petrified soil. Many approaches to building [3] site structures beneath the earth or towering amid the clouds, but this competition-winning proposal [4] wryly asks: “why not both?”

Marcelo Ertorteguy, art and architecture, underground building, building as art, conceptual building, [5]

As climate change and population pressure demand new building strategies many architects have responded by going down or going up. Underground homes [6] are a becoming more and more an environmentally viable form of architecture, as the earth tempers the interior climate. Modular buildings [7] stacked to the sky, is a response to the dynamic space needs for a mobile and dense population.

The Stone concept is a visualization of the two. The idea is simple enough—an underground bunker is attached to a petrified earthen case. The block of earth is craned [8] above the landscape and suspended in the air. A dynamic and ironic attempt to create an “inhabitable cloud” is the dramatic result. The work becomes a blend of architecture and art, below and above — a statement on the crossroads of two green building trends.

+ Marcelo Ertorteguy [2]

+ Art in Architecture [4]

Via ArchDaily [9]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/04/the-stone-art-concept-lifts-underground-habitat-into-the-sky/new-4-72/

[2] Marcelo Ertorteguy: http://www.samplert.com/

[3] building: http://inhabitat.com/sustainable-building/

[4] competition-winning proposal: http://www.somersetart.org/gallery.html

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/04/the-stone-art-concept-lifts-underground-habitat-into-the-sky/new-5-59/

[6] Underground homes: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/18/6-fascinating-underground-homes-that-go-above-and-beyond/

[7] Modular buildings: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/06/everything-you-need-to-know-about-green-building-from-tetris/

[8] craned: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=169525

[9] ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/79548/art-in-architecture-competition-winner/

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