Quiddale O’Sullian

Flickr account. And, chiefly, his Architectural Association projects page.


The project began with a study into the end of free water, which suggested the idea of a prosthesis as a human augmentation – a personal ’pet’ that filtered urine and improved the body’s efficiency to use and re-use water. Moving beyond the scale of the body I found a loophole in the way global water sources are managed – no one can own the water falling in a waterfall. What I propose is a structure that acts as a protest, inspired by the way Greenpeace intervenes in a specific location to draw attention to a political issue.


My floating monument to our dying freedoms billows over a glacial waterfall in Iceland, itself symbolic of our changing world. As the visitor clambers and climbs through the spaces in flux they are drawn into a never-before experienced relationship with the roaring cascade. The very act of inhabiting a space previously uninhabitable makes the visitor aware of the fragility of the resource – this project is a physical prosthesis for a global political issue.


I’m told that these exquisite objects are laser-cut paper – and that he makes the paper himself, so that he gets a material optimised for response to the laser.

2 thoughts on “Quiddale O’Sullian”

  1. This work comes from an architectural studio at the AA (taught by Liam Young and Kate Davies) driven by intense architectural speculation – the theme for the programme was “The End of the World and other Bedtime Stories”… In a sense they see the emerging role of the architect as a type of futurist, and I think Quiddale’s work is a good example of that philosophy. He has taken two contemporary concerns – the commodification of water and the melting Icelandic glaciers – and followed these ideas to a poetic and logical conclusion manifest in an architectural proposal. Really nice work.

    As an added plus, they are also beautiful objects :)

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