Architecture has always been a source of fascination for me. Perhaps this is because of my father’s work as a bricklayer and the houses and buildings he showed me. Perhaps it is because I have worked many times in a construction company, and I have been able to observe closely the progress of many different types of buildings. For me, architecture implies teams of workers, large scales, heavy materials, and long periods of hard work. I am also fascinated by the difference between architecture and design. They can be similar in terms of process and material, but they tend to be completely different because of their scale. After much experimentation, I noticed that the user could be more involved with the objects I developed. By creating a space where all the furniture is connected, I inadvertently denied the user any power of flexibility or freedom. However, we all use objects, whether we call it manipulation, practice or usage. In daily life we develop rituals from repeated interactions, such as preparing the breakfast, including the coffee, fresh orange juice, toast, etc… An analogy can be drawn between largescale architecture and the simple appliance. If you look at a simple building, you find floors with different spaces that each serve a particular function. They are linked by stairs or corridors, and they let a flow of people go inside and out. Finally, water and electrical services are incorporated into the building. My final proposal is about showing the process from the coffee bean to the cup of coffee, creating a stronger ritual with diverse and complex movements and mechanisms. Taking care of the coffee process means being closer to the object and also to the final result – in this case, the coffee. You will follow the transition from the green bean to the hot coffee. The object will consist of many elements including a roaster, grinder, steam engine, different containers for the coffee, water and sugar, a delivery system for the cups, a gas bottle and many gas burners, and everything connected by an open framework.
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