A space for processing: Tistedalen paper laboratory
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Tistedalen Paper Laboratory forms a space in which material is processed - in this case, paper - from raw material to resultant product. Through investigations of material, time, and place, this diploma forms a study of the role in which continual processing and reprocessing has the capacity to form the foundation of an architectural investigation – one that coexists with physicality, fragmentation, and memory. As a laboratory for experimentation, the project forms a space that can tie into the active paper mill downstream. The proposed paper laboratory will allow for small scale testing and experimentation, assisting with new breakthroughs and methods in the production of paper. In the architecture, the paper physically modifies and forms its surrounding spaces, showcasing the various phenomena that are present within such a rich media. In one moment, the space for drying, its thinness allows it to flutter in the breeze, with the ways in which it hangs showing the strength and mass of something that is simultaneously robust yet fragile. The coexistence of these opposites, much like that of the new and existing architecture, searches for that delicate tension inherent within their composition. It’s through this discovery of the fiber, as well its resultant structure and composition, that I have uncovered layers of memory, mystery, and place. The architecture exposes and celebrates these moments, allowing for a space in which a bodily experience of material can take place – a space in which we truly process – both in terms of material production but also through human perception.