Crystal [De]Formation (Winning Project)

Parastoo Najafi
American University of Sharjah
Name(s) of instructor(s): 
George Katodrytis
United Arab Emirates
Brief About The Project: 

The concept of this project is derived from the process of crystallization. It deals with creating spaces that are a result of the formation and the decaying of crystals. Large crystals with rough surfaces consisting of salt ‎and Aluminum Potassium Sulfate mixed with water are made to grow around smaller seeds in a geometric manner through a controlled chemical process. Concrete is then cast on the surfaces of the crystals. The crystals eventually melt due to climatic and environmental conditions, leaving behind forms and negative spaces through which light penetrates. These spaces are very suitable as places of contemplation and worship.

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