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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.

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  1. Manx Manx

    I have no idea what you just said but these are beautiful objects

  2. 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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