Architectural explorations abound for potential dwellings on larger astronomical bodies (planets and moons), but much less attention has been paid to inhabiting smaller elements such as comets and asteroids. Lack of atmosphere and gravity as well as the presence of complex orbit or trajectory taking it away from a dedicated, comprehensible heat source (like a star) certainly contribute to this pragmatic disinterest. However, futurists or Stanley Kubrick or Hunter S. Thompson enthusiasts might find riding this hog of a heavenly body to provide quite a thrill, especially if the trajectory posits eventual returns to Earth. However, the sheer time it would take for this ride to be perceived as anything but a silent dance in rotating light and dark probably prohibits much speculation.
Between the isolated Breaking Bad-esque setting, rammed earth walls, dogtrot program diagram, concrete step waterfall, and obvious nod to Peter Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel desanctified to a stair with butterfly wing treads, this project went for eclectic and succeeded.
Odilon Redon, Woman and Serpent, 1890
Odilon Redon, Vision, 1879
"The plant will incinerate waste, from nine surrounding municipalities and from many places abroad to produce electricity and heat power for the whole region of Roskilde. To provide the huge new incinerator line, planned in a relatively flat landscape and next to the relatively small city of Roskilde with a suitable appearance, an international design competition was organized. In 2008 the jury unanimously selected the design proposed by Erick van Egeraat. The design presents an iconic expression for the otherwise functional architecture of the local waste management company Kara/Noveren’s next generation incineration line. The façade consists of two layers: the inner layer is the skin which provides the actual climatic barrier, allowing the second skin to be treated more freely – raw umber-coloured aluminium plates with an irregular pattern of laser cut circular holes. The aluminium plates are treated to give them the desired colour and patina at day time. At night, the programmable lighting, installed between the two facades, gives the building an additional metaphor."