CLARE OLSEN COMPANY
Facade of theater as film screen
Diagrams of design development
Interstitial circulation zone
Activated night view
Competition designed in collaboration with Lena Vassilev.
The structure’s form is derived from a wind rose diagram, indicating various intensities of wind speed and direction. Abstracted in a web-like form, the various scales of lightweight vaults would nestle into the landscape planted with tall, wispy grasses. The breezes through the site will be registered through faint whirling sounds that will emanate from the drilled bamboo, rustling fabric and plants.
Occupation of the WindRose is meant to be playful and inviting. Children might crawl through the lower structures, which would be nestled into grasses planted throughout the site. Birds may perch atop the arches and friends may gather at the center for a chat. The installation would also be conducive to contemplative moments as one listens to the structure and surrounding landscape.
The lattice form draws inspiration from domestic garden structures and traditional bamboo hut construction. The arches and cross-bracing would be simply connected through rope lashing. The arches would be held together in tension through natural-fiber ropes, tied in a triangulated form. Additional stability would be provided by tethering the arches to the ground and nearby trees. The structure’s lightness will ease material transport and installation. After the life of the installation, WindRose is designed to be repurposed as either a garden lattice or laid flat as a geotextile to mitigate erosion. The all natural materials would biodegrade over time.
Lena Vassilev and Clare Olsen
Jardin des Metis competition, Quebec, 2015.
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