Many Hands

The Many Hands Earth Stations are a new typology of buildings aimed at facilitating and promoting encounters and cultural exchange, conceived to foster productive human relationships.

Amdl Circle © Filippo Bolognese Images

Amdl Circle © Filippo Bolognese Images

Amdl Circle © Filippo Bolognese Images

The Many Hands Earth Stations are a new typology of buildings aimed at facilitating and promoting encounters and cultural exchange, conceived to foster productive human relationships. They are living monuments created in the world to celebrate the importance of humanity and, like gothic cathedrals, are places where humanity finds recognition, reveals itself and expresses the meaning of its own existence.

They are buildings of large dimensions, handcrafted by many hands together, by many people, using primordial techniques, because even today humankind is able to construct its most representative symbols by hand, without using any machinery, automation or technology for molding, transport and assembly.

The Many Hands Earth Stations are destined for those areas of the planet that are distinguished byparticular climatic conditions that have fostered the birth of a local craftsmanship with a strong identity which continues to flourish even today and despite the expansion of the global economy.

They are a concrete answer to sustainability because, as well as being composed of natural materials and being constructed according to natural principles, they can be repaired and transformed at any time.

Clay Station

is built of clay in the desert climate regions and combines craftsmanship with the production and preparation of local food. Eating together, conviviality and hospitality are universally the most genuine expressions of a culture.

 

Terracotta Station

for a temperate climate, brings together strikingly different realizations of objects in terracotta: vases, plates, bowls, containers, decorative ornaments as well as bricks, tiles and building materials. It is an intriguing market of artifacts realized with the simplest and oldest malleable material.

 

Log Station

for a continental climate, where the most commonly available material is timber. It is constructed totally in wood in its most natural form, that of the trunk that has been carved, embellished and  adorned with decorations and narrative portrayals. Inside, markets, restaurants and exhibitions of artworks in solid wood.

Bark Station

shingles for the arctic climate and used to clad a bold construction
suspended over the ice. It uses construction techniques typical of these regions with sparse vegetation, where the ability to sew together thin wooden boards using natural cord has been well perfected over the centuries. Inside, there are displays of the most extraordinary works in wood and sealskin, canoes, tents, clothing and household crafts.

 

Bamboo Station

for the rainy and humid climates of the Tropics with a profusion of bamboo, a very invasive plant. The cladding is composed of matting and fabrics that enhance the acoustic and insulating characteristics of the plant fibre. Within, visitors come into contact with an alternative world of completely natural architecture and gastronomy.