ID
S5V-804-729

The Smokehouse - 2013

From Warming Huts at The Forks

Team: aamodt / plumb architects + artist Rebecca Howdeshell, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA ---- The elemental, pure form of the hut, almost the very symbol of home, rendered in the stark black of charred wood, is nestled in soft white snow. Inside, layers of thick ivory felt line the walls and seating, creating a nestlike interior reminiscent of ancient gathering places strewn with animal pelts. On closer inspection, one discovers the felt layers embossed with delicate patterns and textures, a subtle sanctification of the intimate space. The room has a unique sound, or absence thereof: it is silent, like the sound of new snow on the street. One enters and leaves through the same door, stooping to duck under the felt draftstop, bending to join the temporary community within. The communal nature of the experience is revealed only upon entering as you join the other visitors gathered in the quiet warm space. It is this unfolding of subtle surprises that lies behind the formal quietude of the hut.

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Title

The Smokehouse - 2013


ArtMoi ID

S5V-804-729


Artist

Warming Huts at The Forks


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Team: aamodt / plumb architects + artist Rebecca Howdeshell, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA ---- The elemental, pure form of the hut, almost the very symbol of home, rendered in the stark black of charred wood, is nestled in soft white snow. Inside, layers of thick ivory felt line the walls and seating, creating a nestlike interior reminiscent of ancient gathering places strewn with animal pelts. On closer inspection, one discovers the felt layers embossed with delicate patterns and textures, a subtle sanctification of the intimate space. The room has a unique sound, or absence thereof: it is silent, like the sound of new snow on the street. One enters and leaves through the same door, stooping to duck under the felt draftstop, bending to join the temporary community within. The communal nature of the experience is revealed only upon entering as you join the other visitors gathered in the quiet warm space. It is this unfolding of subtle surprises that lies behind the formal quietude of the hut.