The making of
a glass architecture from the earth of a site is about making a
place on and of the land. In undergoing a transformation to the
glassy state the materials of a landscape take on miraculous qualities
of transparency, reflectivity, workability and structure. When this
transformation takes place in situ, a strong , direct relationship
between built environment and the parent landscape is created. The
luminous, liquid mass of a cast glass foundation, together with
gravity, finds its own level within the topography of a landscape.
Delicate glass structures, which catch, transmit and reflect light,
can be drawn from up from the ground line of a molten earth foundation.
Through chemistry and morphology the shared history of building
and landscape is recorded.
the earthy materials of a site to glass requires infinite variation
of approach and recipe for each unique site. However , a set of
tools to accomplish this can be defined. This research is only a
beginning but it suggests that existing tools can be modified to
efficiently shape glass , in situ, from the earth of a site, at
an architectural scale.
To cast a foundation
, in the Earth's great archive, is a fundamental human act that
gains strength of meaning when we can consciously and physically
experience a connection between our built environment and the larger
world. Making a glass architecture in situ allows for engagement
with, and an understanding of, the physical Earth. Recalling the
formation of the Earth itself, it is about the way the Earth is
built, on many levels.