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Crane Rooms

Crane Rooms

Simple concrete foundations and elementary water pools are proposed to be installed in non hospitable beaches or arid hills nearby the sea. The room units form independent cells, they can be covered by tissues during the day; they provide a quality connection to the Internet. The private or public character of each room is regulated by the chosen high of every unit. The high control system is located inside every room. Platforms go up and down following the will of every provisional inhabitant. A bigger screen, related to the bed, serves as a home cinema structure; a small office, a wardrobe and a shower are placed in the same moving platform. A common underground kitchen serves the needs of all the complex; a reverse osmosis desalination plant provides drinkable water to the invisible kitchen and to the units (the water pipes follow the length of the crane).

An identical design for "crane rooms" can be undertaken within a system of moving vehicles in order to form a dispersed, moving "crane room hotel". Rooms moving up and down provide summer shelters with changing views.

Architect: Aristide Antonas
Collaborator: Katerina Koutsogianni

A N T O N A S: the crane room conflict

The project is also proposed as a comment about the Internet society, depicting in an landscape project something strangely familiar: a concrete image of this abstract social condition that humanity experiences for the first time in its history: the crane rooms landscape is a well known image. We live in such a landscape even if this same landscape seems so exotic; inhabiting a hypnotic "control panel - cell" the inhabitant of the globe can also be conceived as an inhabitant of a small restricted universe.

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