THE HOUSE IN THE GARDEN OF TIME
In response to an imaginary joint open call from the visionary art establishments ‘The Dia Foundation’ and ‘The Long Now’, an off- grid artistic retreat is conceived at the tip of Long Island, on a remote site between an Oyster Lake and the Atlantic Ocean.
Initially installed as a cats- cradle of tensile structure, positioned above a series of masonry water- channels, the building becomes slowly consumed by crystal growth over century-long periods. This growth is then used to create new spaces that adapt to the changing environmental needs of the occupant and the changing conditions of the site.
In shaman-like gestures, Nico playfully gives form to a number of seemingly unconnected biorhythms, from the scale of a glacier to that of a human heartbeat, and in-so – doing creates an original architectural space that is wedded to the body, to the geology of the site and to time itself.