Despite their potential to last for thousands of years, materials often lose value due to their form. To overcome the problem of short-lived materials caused by mass production, it is necessary to learn to appreciate the worth of materials beyond their primary function and find ways to ensure their continued use. To achieve this, we must recognize the interconnectedness of all matter and restore the neglected threads that tie us to the world.

Harbors are essential for global trade but also highlight the issue of short-lived materials and plastics. Ratchet straps, tarpaulins, and air hose pipes are all made with polypropylene and are commonly used in harbors to secure goods. Despite their high strength, these materials lose up to 50% of their durability within an hour, which can compromise safety and stability. Once they serve their purpose, the polypropylene matter becomes virtually worthless and discarded.

The act of combining materials of varying types and levels of standardization not only helps to repurpose residual materials but also encourages innovation and creativity. By recognizing the worth of each material and its potential uses, we can reduce waste and promote a culture of exchange. We believe that weaving together the threads of our existence and valuing the longevity of each material can help create a beautiful and sustainable world.

Weaving serves as a profound metaphor for understanding our connection to the world around us, not only physically but also as a design parameter that can accentuate the unique qualities of materials. From the tents used by nomadic tribes to the Ottoman Imperial Tents, weaving has been used to create functional and luxurious spaces that set themselves apart from the surrounding landscape. Nomads do not view dwelling as a permanent concept, and their tents do not create a clear boundary between the inside and outside. The Ottoman Imperial Tents were ”mobile palaces” and served as natural social gathering points.

Weaving enables the creation of intricate and beautiful patterns and shapes that are not only durable but also allow for the repurposing of materials such as plastics. By reimagining these materials and weaving a new narrative, we can create functional and beautiful structures that add value to each piece of life put together.
Title: Weaving Palace
Year: 2023
Site: Refshaleøen, Copenhagen DK
Client: O-days
Type: Competition
Collab: Alette Avsnes
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