BASALT


DESIGN RESIDENCY Pico do Refúgio

Project together with João Valente and Dion Soethoudt.




The request was given by Pico do Refúgio, to develop a set of pieces for their specific context of this rural tourism space, from the local vulcanic stone in Island of S. Miguel in the arcuipelago of Azores.
The initial focus of the Residency went through a process of research that was transversal to the different properties of BASALT and divided itself between visual features and the geological characteristics of the different
types of local stones and other local materials.

The island consists of four large stratovolcanoes, in which its magmatic composition ranges
from different typologies of Basalt.


#1 OLIVINA
A cutting board drawn from OLIVINA basalt and the local wood of Metrosideros.
OLIVINA basalt is a fine-grained, dark-colored volcanic rock characterized by the presence of olivine phenocrystals, augite rich in titanium, plagioclase and iron oxides. It is are typically found in oceanic islands.




#2 POVOAÇÃO

POVOAÇÃO basalt comes from the Povoação Volcano known to most probably be formed during the middle /or late Pleistocene. This volcano experienced later a caldera collapse, and its deposits are poorly exposed and are hard to find, but include basaltic stone in two colors: red, grey.

On the island nowadays, this basalt has been traditionally used for the construction of furnaces and fireplaces, for its geological characteristic - capacity of heat absorption. We have them designed trivets that would honor its materiality qualities and its scarcity, where the excess of one form complements the inside of the other.



#3 CRYPTOMERIA
CRYPTOMERIA is the most common wood in the island due to its strong resistance to humidity, it is today especially important as building material and joinery in the archipelago.

Cryptomeria Lamp was then inspired by the local resource and specially designed for the Residency hall space.
The whole emphasis was centered on the wood: the beam was cut centered so that the edges of the lamp
would reveal the natural patterns created by the circumferences of the tree; and the the electric system was hiden
by hollow metal tubes and routed until the ceiling.







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