Hydro Morphosis by Gardar Eyjolfsson is a bridge concept, consisting of a self-generated system located in the middle of nowhere in Icelandic nature. A hydro turbine generates electricity from running water. It powers a heat-pump mechanism, which sucks all the heat out of the aluminum structure of the bridge, resulting in ice slowly forming around the construction.
This creates a system with a life force of its own, constantly creating and destroying itself. It is in a state of endless ephemeral transformation, growing or shrinking depending on the outside influences such as temperature, humidity and the power of the running water.
The concept grows from the local materials and conditions: Due to geothermal energy, there are several aluminum smelters in Iceland. The aluminum oxide is shipped across the globe to Iceland, where affordable energy is abundant. In the smelters, electric energy is added the oxide powder to make liquid aluminum, which is then cast into slabs and shipped out of the country again. Instead of only shipping it off, I want to invite this alien material aluminum to mix with the origins it was created in – circulation of water in the raw wilderness of Icelandic highlands, the designer says.
Iceland is a small island in the north Atlantic. Because of its geological location it is a hot spot of mass energy – through volcanic eruptions and harsh climate. It is this relationship with energy and nature that has affected the population the most.
It is fair to say that in the Icelandic context, water has had a dominant effect on the culture, whether it is through geothermal water for spatial heating or running water for the production of electricity.
A bridge is functional but it also implies a journey, which is experienced – a metaphysical experience of reflection and meaning that overtakes practical function. It will trigger people to read into the experience and give a scope of reflection – a bridge over the water that creates the bridge.
Gardar Eyjolfsson (1981) graduated as a product designer from Central Saint Martins in 2009, and completed his MA in conceptual/contextual design (IM) at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Hydro Morphosis is his graduation project, and was awarded the highest honors and the only cum laude of the class. Eyjolfsson was recently selected as one fo the top 50 most promising young talents by ITEMS magazine.
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