Social Necessity of Freespace

architectural office Rintala Eggertsson Architects
project Corte del Forte Pavilion, Marghera, Venice, Italy
written by Vera Grimmer

The activities of architects Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson are directed towards achieving balance between man and nature: We will need a more radical way, movement, comparable with the birth of modernism, but this time based on a balance between man and nature. The active relationship towards nature is brought to an extreme by Sami Rintala, sailing his boat between the Lofoten Islands, exposed to storms and a raging ocean. He believes that we are too sheltered in today’s world, so it is necessary to be re-exposed to reality, as is expressed in the projects: Floating Sauna on Lake Kaluga near Moscow, or the mountain shelters in Kåfjord, Norway. 
These expressive installations were created during numerous student workshops Rintala ran in different environments; from Japan and Russia to Macedonia. Handiwork added extra meaning to the projects, always closely connected with the local context and the traditions, naturally never in a literal, mimetic meaning.