With this constantly moving mass of improvements on the original idea, their work is more like that of a design product, for which there is a constant to ing and fro ing between the definition of the idea, verification of the technical and financial feasibility, prototyping and final manufacture. In this process, the linear succession of the stages—first design, then production—is replaced by a series of loop cycles that inform the progressive advances (in cybernetics, these are known as feedback loops, in which the outcome of experimentation alters the initial parameters and dictates the next steps).
The projects and buildings produced by such practice can be likened to machines inasmuch as they are the response to a program of set aims that develop specific actions. The Wall House , built in Santiago in 2006, exemplifies this approach. A number of materials not commonly applied in architecture were brought together to create an interior composed of layers performing different roles: climatic improvement via an external synthetic membrane used for agricultural greenhouses; internal and external separation with polycarbonate walls; and, lastly, rooms divided by blocks of prefabricated shelving in plywood layers, which also provide static stiffening. Breaking the domestic program up into parts that can be freely assembled and are not linked to the conditions of a specific site has allowed the Wall House to be turned into a marketable prototype, which can be purchased on the Hometta prefabricated-house website.
The suitcase containing a project has been recurrent in contemporary aesthetic practice since Duchamp's time, at least, and now reappears in FAR's latest work, the temporary Goethe Institut premises in Santiago de Chile
This is yet another FAR exploit, demonstrating the potential of architectural research based on complex interpretation and packed with technical efficiency. Fabrizio Gallanti
Architects: FAR frohn & rojas
Project team: Marc Frohn, Mario Rojas Toledo, Max Koch, Natalia Becerra, Fabio Magnago, Steven Vidovic, Tim Maaßen, Philipp Kentgens, Marius Helten, Isabel Miño, Pia Custodis, Alex Seick, Nikola Freissmuth, Reina Pisano
Project area: 1.024 mq
Cost: ca. 451.000 Euro
Client: Federal Republic of Germany
Consultants: Constanzo EIRL, Masterclima S.A., Proingel Ltda, Gruposchutz S.A.
Lighting consultant: Docevolts
Contractor: Constructora Ralun Ltda.
Sub-contractors: Constanzo EIRL, Masterclima S.A., Proingel Ltda., Alumcrist Ltda., Creizet S.A., Luminotecnia S.A., Muebles Piramide Ltda., Puertas Bunker Ltda., M3MBRANE Sails