Tadao Ando is one of my favorite architects. His architectures, which always use reinforced concrete as primary material, cannot be described as comfortable but have a very unique style.
I’m curious about cement for a long time, and this week, i’m going to use this material make a pencil holder. I hope it could be simple but stylish, has an organic, handmade feel.
1.Making the mode
I used the cardboards left from last week and glued the pieces together to make two cube modes, one big and one small. Then I wrapped the bottom of the containers with tape to make sure it was hermetic.
Then , i drilled holes on the cube and fixed two modes together with screws.
2. Getting another material
It is winter now, leaves fall off trees. I went out and easily found some nice branches on the street. And I decided to insert these branches into cement not only because i like the natural, organic thing, but also to reinforce the pencil holder (just like reinforce bar in the wall).
3. Making hopper
Then i made a super simple but useful hopper with polyester and staples.
4. Mixing cement
All I need to do is simply mix the cement with water.
I got too limited amount of water at first, so the cement got hard quickly before I poured it into containers. It was not easy to keep the balance between water and cement.
5.Filling the containers
Then i filled the space of two containers with cement mixed. I shook the cubes to make sure no air bubble existed.
7.Removing the modes
This step is harder than i expected because some parts of cardboard got wet and stuck together with cement.