Funnel Forever

Arquitectura - Bruno Barbosa, Inês Ferreira, João Barbosa, Pedro Costa e Sandra Paulo
Concurso - Immortal Architecture
Localização - África
"With tight budgets and the need for quick profits most architectural projects are driven to compromise on quality and workmanship. The buildings may pull in the money today, but in 20 or 30 years what will they be like? We are in an age where we see huge developments which are just a few decades old being torn down because they aren’t fit for use any more or are publicly considered to be an eyesore, and new buildings are given predicted lifespans which many of us will outlive.

Yet all around the world people visit and admire humanity’s oldest architectural achievements- those which came at a cost but which have remained significant, have weathered and decayed gracefully, and have defied the march of time. And it’s not just the iconic buildings of ancient civilizations, but the hidden gems in every city which add richness and history to our everyday lives.

The best sustainable humanitarian projects are those which can equip communities to become self sufficient, continuing to reach out to people for generations. Temporary pavilions and installations can be an amazing chance for emerging architects to gain a name for themselves, but we are asking you to think of the generations to come by designing a building which will not become obsolete, but will stand through the ages ahead." TesserAct

“1,700,000,000 People in the world lack Access to clean water, and 3,300,000,000 are without proper sanitation facilities.” (water issues: the need for action at different levels, March 2003).

Taking as principle the lack of this basic needs and the challenge propose by Tesser-Act we developed an iconic long life-spam structure made with carbon fibber.

This funnel shaped configuration includes an ecological toilet, a water reservoir and an uptake of underground water.

This element can interact with the communities’ organization and act as a developer for the next generation constructions, as the water lines served for the cities constitution.