Rhode Island School of Design
CLAY IN CONTEXT
Team: Odile Schlossberg, Suzanne Alward, Sarita Potpani, Gustav Jerlvall Jeppsson
The concept behind the ‘Live Wall’ was to design a series of modules with the capacity to contain plants and encourage the filtering of environmental elements through the constructed porosity of the wall. These modules were designed to be replicable, stackable and structurally independent; which would allow the user to build the wall regardless of its location.
The simple manufacturing process brings together the physical properties of clay together with the architectural development of a multi-functional wall. The modules portray a balance of craft and geometry, which gives them an organic look that speaks of certain complexity. The ‘cone like’ profile portrays a larger base a narrower neck, which contributes to the structural stability of the stacked modules.
There are two models: one with a capped base and filtering holes which is meant to contain plants, and the other has an open bottom, which could potentially allow the plants to grow through them, they are also intended to manage light and water. The modules have a strategic combination of ∆04 glazing: a matte base which would allow the clay module to retain moisture and release it, providing adequate growth conditions for the plant as well as acting as a cooling mechanism within the built environment. The second type of gazing is a glossy colored glaze mean to redirect water into adjacent modules. The two colors indicate the performative qualities of the modules; thus, having the aesthetics suggest the developed system.
The Live Wall brings together of versatility, adaptability and acceptance of the nature of materials, process, behavior and functionality in this collaborative way.