This proposal Framing Nature is an attempt to connect to the local history and wisdom through rethinking initial objectives of the abode. Our design is inspired from traditional wigwam, its material and building methods. The traditional shelter is portable and easily constructed by using existing resources such as softwood poles, spare woods, spruce root lashing and swamp moss insulation. These features create a space that is cheap in production, durable, non-toxic and has a great ventilation system. Our design is departed from these qualities and reinvestigate the new form of wigwam. We acknowledge the traditional shelter acts as an enclosed space within nature. However, we believe it is important that the shelter offers visual engagement with the surrounding landscape and preserve local wisdom. By doing so, our proposal blurs lines between humans and nature. The reaction to the enclosure of the traditional shelter becomes a critical threshold in creating new links between inside and outside space, domesticity and wildness.
Using initial materials and being honest to the relations among them, the shelter is shaped in order to create different frames in perception of the nature starting with the tiny window above the working desk and finishing with the opening that fully embraces the outer landscape in the gathering area. The space gradually growth in height and widens starting from the entrance, leading through interior to the main opening that takes over the opposite wall. The interior is divided into private and semi-public spaces through positioning on different heights; the private is lifted (the loft bed) while the semi-public is on the ground floor including gathering, relaxing and working areas.
Another key element is a fireplace that also derives from the traditional wigwam and gives the warmth and light during cold and dark periods. The area is distinguished by a two-steps amphitheater creating sitting places for gathering around the fire. The air supply comes from the regulated hole in the adjacent wall and the smoke is drawn out through the openings under the roof which protects it from the precipitations. We believe our proposal Framing Nature can become an important element for the campers, students, workers and other guests in experiencing the local history and inhabiting the nature.
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