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Outsider Magazine in collaboration with Alfanatura  

Sečovlje Salina, Slovenia 
Design Team:
Claudio C. Araya, Yahya Abdullah, Chemhao Ma, Yutan Sun 
The construction of the structure lends itself to beauty in simplicity and the use of natural material. The intervention is a square planned diagrid, of CLT post constructions to be built through two standard sizing posts. The peripheral rows of posts along the ruins will be 14x14cm with isolated foundations, while the internal posts remain at 10x10cm with pinned to the earth to remain minimal and light in nature. The posts are reinforced laterally with tensors to allow for movement and wind swaying, reminiscent of the material’s nature. 
The effect of varied sizing aids in the structural integrity and lightness of the project while adding a layer of depth to the striated image one will see approaching the site. Due to the cleanliness of the modular posts, the units may be reused to rebuild the ruined site or others in proximity following the one-year installation. The lifecycle of the project contributes to the idea of rebuilding the salt pan houses.
The project becomes a visionary seed for rebuilding Piran’s ruined salt pan houses, one which may become an icon for outsiders to reflect upon. Scales of experience are in dialogue with the ruins, landscape, water and atmosphere. A visitor can envision the duality between decay and restoration, in a composition of archetypal elements. As visitors approach the site, they can only understand the culmination of volumetric lines protecting the ruin on a reconstructed scale. 
Once a visitor is within the sculpture, there is a refined clarity of the relationship between the ruins, the house and the human scale. Visitors may move in and through the sculptural grid as they inhabit their own interpretation; there is no way and all ways one can experience the installation. Layers of perception are manipulated in such an intervention; one may read this as an object, a protective shell, an early stage of reconstruction perhaps preparations for scaffolding or simply the lines of a future projection. Such dialogues of uncertainty are the catalysts for curiosity and change.

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