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NARTURE - Eco-Parametric Structures
© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team

‘NARTURE’ is an Eco-Parametric Architectural structure created by 5 students: Abiodun Shonibare, Alessandro Farina, Mark Farhat Giusti, Romain Russe, and Vasiliki Tsimpouki known as the Puffer Team in the PAACADEMY’s ‘Eco-Parametric Structures’ studio workshop with Arthur-Mamou-Mani. This structure is located in the dense Dainava forest in Lithuania.

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NARTURE - Eco-Parametric Structures
© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team
© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team

The Eco-Parametric Structures workshop organized by PAACADEMY was held from 2nd March to the 13th April 2021 on an online platform. Studio Mamou-Mani is one of the studio workshops at the PAACADEMY with a focus on combining sustainability with parametric design. The studio with the 6 intriguing sessions lead by London based architect, Arthur Mamou-Mani and his team was articulated on the topic of wooden construction through computational design methods. The session focused on developing a parametric, modular and environmentally conscious system in an online studio through interactive workshops and discussions.

Click here to register and watch the recordings.

© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team
© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team
© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team

Description by designers: Imagine yourself escaping the busy city life and immersing yourself in the dense Dainava Lithuanian forest. It is a flat terrain filled with all types of pine trees, lakes and wetlands. The slow immersion into the forest through the colours of nature , its sound, its and even taste helps you to open up your senses, relax, regenerate intellectual focus and strengthen your mental and physical health. You watch the butterflies and dragonflies fly freely and in perfect harmony with its surroundings. You wish it were your home.

© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team
© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team

As you bath yourself deep into that Dainavian forest you reach a series of wooden pinecone-like structures connected by net bridges. You think you have found Neverland. The inner peter pan in you wakes up. You feel joy and a sudden sense of child-like freedom and carefree happiness. You have awakened your soul.

This is the NARTURE.

© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team
© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team

Pine-shaped wooden structures are carefully placed on tree barks – some are single others are doubled on top of each other. They are connected by net bridges and at the centre of each cone, there is a Fibonacci inspired spiral staircase that allows visitors to go up the cones and across until they reach the top of the trail thus allowing them to truly feel immersed within nature and experience it at each level as if that forest was their home.

NARTURE - Eco-Parametric Structures
© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team

Nature works in a perfect circular ecosystem. The main inspirations for the structure are pinecones that close up to protect their seeds when sensing humidity and then open up to allow the seeds to fly freely and pollinate other cones. Pinecones have always been regarded as a symbol of regeneration, health and eternal life. Just like everything in nature the cone has a Fibonacci Spiral pattern. This golden ratio is responsible for creating all of nature’s patterns and balance.

NARTURE - Eco-Parametric Structures
© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team

NARTURE is

To care for and protect Nature.
To nurture nature.
To regenerate the inner self.
To highlight on the importance of coexisting with nature.
To create a “experiential” space that promotes balance, harmony and a sense of childlike freedom.

NARTURE - Eco-Parametric Structures
© PAACADEMY – Studio Mamou-Mani / Eco-Parametric Structures / The Puffer Team

Arthur Mamou – Mani and his team from Mamou-Mani led 6 intriguing sessions with PAACADEMY’s ‘Eco-Parametric Structures studio workshop on creating an ecological solution through computational design methods. The session focused on developing a parametric, modular and environmentally conscious system in an online studio through interactive workshops and discussions.

Stay tuned with us to see more projects in the upcoming days from the PAACADEMY’s Eco-Parametric Structures workshop. Click here to register and watch the recordings.

Credits:

Studio workshop by PAACADEMY
Studio title: Eco-Parametric Structures
Lead by: Arthur Mamou-Mani and his team
Project name: NARTURE
Students: Abiodun Shonibare, Alessandro Farina, Mark Farhar Giusti, Romain Russe, and Vasiliki Tsimpouki
Date: 2nd March until 13th April 2021

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