STRIPED FOLLY - Wooden Installation

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Landscaping & Urbanism

Harding, New Jersey

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2017

400 sq. ft.

KIMMERLE GROUP

What is an architectural folly? According to Webster’s dictionary, a “folly” in architecture is described as “a building constructed primarily for decoration but suggesting, through appearance, some other purpose or of such extravagant appearance that it transcends the range of garden ornaments.” Its roots are in the French and English landscape tradition, and a subject of regular inquiry in the fields of design and architectural education.

The objective was to create an installation from reclaimed pieces of wood. The concept was trying to find attributes that these wood pieces had and exploring ways to represent them in such ways that would not be mundane. The wooden strips were thought of as a wall system that wrapped around a container, which would be the landscape. The next step would be making the ordinary into extra-ordinary. It would be taking the vertical wall system and adding one rule to break it and create a new element. It would be replacing the frames with slanted and curved framing systems that the wood pieces would be attached to. This would create curvilinear continuous striped wall structure. The concave and convex zones created areas for different activities. The concave openings were incorporated into a benching system. In the convex zones, The height was increased to create pockets of standing spaces.