We have seen many innovative ideas that have come up in the past few years especially those involving the reuse of waste or discarded materials. “The Big Crunch” is such an innovative idea put forward by Raumlabor Architects.
The Big Crunch:
It is a building made purely from discarded materials. The recycled building rests on the Georg-Büchner-Platz grounds in Darmstadt, Germany. The structure looks like a sleeping Appa, the sky bison from of the famous animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. With its head made of the discarded household materials ranging from furniture, windows, doors to refrigerator.
The Big Crunch is made around a tubular metal frame which is covered by strips of wood collected over the days in the theatre plaza from all regions. With its initial layer covered with various planks of wood, the rest of the castaway material is hinged with this layer of wood. The important thing to notice here is that the rest of the materials are layered in a way to give a sense of direction and movement from the entrance to the centre of the building.
The structure has a main entrance that leads to the centre that has a small room with two openings at both ends. The passageway to the small room gives off a sense of going through a whirlpool made of wood and other discarded materials. It is the way of arrangement and direction of the materials in the subsequent layers that gives off the feeling.
The Big Crunch is standing as a statement reminding the civilization of all that has been left behind and redeemed useless. Raumlabor, the architectural firm behind this innovative idea sees the building as “a gathering place and forum for conflict and discussions”. One can see that the building as a simple architectural creation or a work of art that speaks a lot of untold truth through its existence. “The Big Crunch” is sure to bring out emotion with every one of its visitors.