FeasT Third Natures: London Pleasure Gardens
DATE: Spring 2014
SCHOOL: Harvard Graduate School of Design; Cambridge, Massachusetts
PROFESSOR: Cristina Diaz Moreno and Efren Garcia Grinda (Principals, AMID.cero9)
PROJECT LOCATION: London, England
PROGRAM: Food Rituals Pavilion; ceremonial hall, picnic areas, cooking kitchens
Feast aims to invert the roles of cultural food rituals through unique spatial qualities and the organization of spaces. It exposes what is often hidden and deconstructs the formality of the conventional; through the repetition and scaling of architectural elements. Considering four typologies: the ceremonial hall, the oversized monumental kitchen, the forest landscape and the historic Ranelagh Gardens, Feast appropriates their spatial qualities to create a typology of publicness, through a ceremonial halls grandiose space, a large chimney, supper-boxes, areas of density, openness and light filtration.
The Pleasure Garden manifests itself in a gradient of vessels slowly blurring thresholds that compose both informal and formal spaces for the spectacles of preparation and consumption of food. The garden allows for shared tactile experiences that engage the senses, the physical, and the cognitive; all as a means of social connectivity and publicness through various food rituals.
Food Rituals A series of fabricated mixed media collages from paintings, etchings and photographs