Previously, we have talked about various specimens of futuristic architecture, be it regarding the existing research buildings in Antarctica or the conceptual makeover of Paris circa 2050 AD. And now, Spanish artist/architect Dionisio González has demonstrated his surreal vision of the future through the so-called Trans-Actions series of buildings. Symbolizing the evolving the nature of globalized architecture, these constructions are intentionally kept free of any geographical and vernacular influence. In essence, the cryptic concepts pose a number of questions to the viewer. Like – are these the contemporary structures where human live ‘happily ever-after’, or are these bastions of the last remnants of humanity after climatic issues have had their harmful effects on our world? Or even worse – are these long forgotten relics of the once-thriving human civilization?
Interestingly, the purpose of these imaginary buildings are also kept inconspicuous – with possible functions ranging from being occasional retreats, workplaces to specialized habitats and advanced weather stations. As González himself states –
The particularity of these buildings is that they do not presume, or do not relate to, an immediate orbit with cities. Therefore, one does not know exactly who the guilty parties are, except for environmental agents and social mobility, both of which promote a culture of urgency.
However, on closer inspection, one can surely comprehend a core design arrangement which makes its appearance in all of the buildings. This common element of design alludes to the slender ground-based pillars on which the structures are supported. This in turn allows for a definitive horizontal bearing of the volumes, while also accounting for rather unobtrusive views of the background landscapes. In other words, the Trans-Actions series aptly showcases how nature and futuristic architecture can co-exist and even complement each other – in spite of their apparent contrasts in forms, textures and colors.