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  5. Diogo Aguiar Studio
  6. 2017
  7. Start / Diogo Aguiar Studio

Start / Diogo Aguiar Studio

  • 15:00 - 7 February, 2018
Start / Diogo Aguiar Studio
Start  / Diogo Aguiar Studio, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architect

  • Location

    Largo dos Lóios, 4000 Porto, Portugal
  • Team

    Diogo Aguiar, Daniel Mudrák, Sergio González, Rafael Morais
  • Client

    Porto Lazer
  • Engineering

    PENREA – Rui Nuno Salgueiro
  • Construction

    RDC
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Text description provided by the architects. Start is an intervention that is both abstract and figurative, which favours the imagination of passers-by, in the context of the Christmas season. It is an ephemeral lighting installation that grows from references of Modern Art in public space and that is built on the scale of the city, provoking visual interaction with the surrounding historical buildings, providing new urban visual frames. At the same time, it assumes an ethereal and subtle presence on the square that, by evoking lightness and representativeness, intends to place the Largo dos Lóios in the traditional route of the Christmas illuminations in Porto.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

With a strong geometric base, the installation is constructed from the subdivision of an icosahedron, in twenty equal parts, assuming a modular principle ruled by standard metal profiles with six meters in length. The architectural detail, inspired by the cruciform pillar of the Mies Pavilion in Barcelona, fights the predictable deformation due to deflection and also seeks the dematerialization of the arms in intersecting edges and planes, contributing to the creation of a frozen fractal landscape.

 Light Scheme
Light Scheme
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Detail
Detail

In the daytime period, Start takes advantage of the moving pattern of the shadows projected by the twelve arms intersected by sunlight, while pointing its assumed red profiles in several directions. At night, Start presents an artificial, static and white lighting, which reinforces the intention to pause in time and space, allowing the re-evaluation of the urban scenery. Its arms are illuminated differently, pointing into distinct directions, thus producing diverse geometric designs of light as the passer-by moves in space.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Start / Diogo Aguiar Studio" [Start / Diogo Aguiar Studio] 07 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/888553/start-diogo-aguiar-studio/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Start / Diogo Aguiar Studio