About a pontoon bridge in the Strait of Hormuz

Location: Strait of Hormuz

Year: 2014

Competition: Gulf Architecture Biennale

Hormuz Bridge International Competition

Awards: Publication mention

This project proposes a continuation of the "Exodus, or the voluntary prisoners of architecture" conceived by Rem Koolhaas, Madelon Vriesendorp, Elia Zenghelis, Zoe Zenghelis, in 1972. The new Exodus is set in the Strait of Hormuz, at the time of the oil crisis.

Foreseeing the divestment of a large number of oil tankers, due to the oil crisis, these are used for the construction of a pontoon bridge. Their specific function as oil tankers is transformed into the generic one of  surface. For this reason, the shape of oil tankers is replaced by a pure wrapping.

The construction of the pontoon bridge evolves over time. As oil consumption decreases, decommissioned oil tankers increase and, consequently, the length of the bridge increases until it reaches the opposite bank of the strait.

The generic surface of the bridge turns into a space ready to be colonized. Inside there are plastic waste and other derivatives of oil processing. The space of the bridge is therefore stratified: each layer expresses the ultimate state of transformation of matter.

The images are metaphors of the transformation from raw material to waste. From natural object to its simulacrum. The exodus is the narration of this transfiguration.

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