2006 // Pine Island - New London / Groton, Connecticut
// Design Studio - Mark Wasiuta
Columbia University, GSAPP
Space of Rest
The condition of rest requires a complete separation from the condition of work, both physically and mentally. Embedding a space of rest within an existing space with existing normative conditions of work requires the appropriation and colonization of seemingly unused space within the volume. Space, infrastructure and atmosphere combine to realize the necessary circumstance for rest. Bamboo generates a continually growing network of rest space perpetually appropriated for its new purpose. The hollow bamboo also appropriates building systems to generate a controllable atmosphere within this network of space.
Adaptable Rest Space
The space above the vertical datum [set by the cubicle grid] is colonized as a new rest-scape. Individuals can easily construct the system on their own as they desire. The bamboo becomes the armature that provides access to the vertical rest-scape. It is a self-contained system that, through the reappropriation of building systems and its own natural growth, provides a customizable environment/climate for rest. When the bamboo is young it has a slight elasticity that allows it to adapt to the contours of the body over time.