PARA-Site is the first life-size prototype of experimental interactive architecture of its type to be developed in Spain. It takes up a surface area of 60.75 square meters (13.5 meters long by 4.5 meters wide) and has been fully designed at ELISAVA’s facilities, both in relation to its design and in relation to its computerization and materialization. Its assembly involves fitting together over 100 prefabricated non-standard parts and around 60 square meters of fiber reinforced composite.
PARA-Site generates spaces by using materials’ intrinsic characteristics, forming a structure which finds its own equilibrium by superimposing and displacing nodes on parallel bands (form finding). It can increase or reduce the area it takes up based on the number of visitors inside it, optimizing space requirements and thus saving energy.
Photos Courtesy of Susana Martins