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Softhut

Winnipeg, CA

with Vesta Kroese

2012

The Softhut was designed as a resting place for ice-skaters on the Assiniboine river. It was made to insulate exceptionally well not only against cold and wind, but also sound, hard light and movement in order to create an experience in complete contrast with the exterior environment. It was designed to be built on the mainland and transported to its final resting place on a 2.5m x 4m skid.

the skid

form-work for basic interior space

additional form-

 work for light wells,

standing, sitting and laying spaces

 

completed

interior form-work

form-work defining exterior volume

16.3 m3 polyure- thane insulation material

removal

form-work

final sculpting by architects / artists

Softhut is composed of a single common, but normally unseen, insulation material: Poured polyurethane insulation. Standard form making and pouring techniques are utilized to create the exterior geometric form and the rational basis for the interior which is then hand finished in collaboration with local artists.

Externally it appears as a simple, abstract cube; upon entering however, another world is discovered, where faint filtered light falls through thin points in the mass illuminating a carefully designed/sculpted interior that provides places to sit, lay and stand always allowing the body to be in direct contact with the insulating volume of the object.

lying

plan

lying

sitting

standing

sitting

standing