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Sculpture & Architecture Park, 2017

In collaboration with Martin Miller/OMG!

Primitive Hut is a temporary pavilion that questions architecture’s relationship with time through an exploration of growth and decomposition. The structure evolves between states of solid, frame, and void, while—through its decay—it nourishes the trees and plants which will replace the geometric form with a new living form.

Primitive Hut recalls the frontispiece for Laugier’s essay on architecture, which depicts the original shelter as a hybrid between nature and architecture. The prototypical house form is built around four red maple saplings from a lattice of plywood and a custom hemp, tree sap, sawdust, and biodegradable resin compress, and in-filled with manure cylinders. The lattice is tuned to decompose at varying rates throughout the seasons to stimulate the growth of new flora.

The macro-cellular solid is designed as a structural lattice which maximizes volume while minimizing material, using slotted connections instead of glue. The ribbed surface of the components results from the single passage of a drill bit over the material (as opposed to the more typical approach whereby multiple passes generate the familiar smooth surface that is the result digital software). This refinement and specific control of the robotic cnc tool seeks not only to optimize the fabrication process but to embrace the expression of the tool itself, resulting in a form embedded with the trace of the digital craftsman.


OMG: O’Donnell Miller Group. Martin Miller of Antistatics, and Caroline O’Donnell of CODA. Project Leader: Travis Nissen. Team: Isabel Branas Jarque, Xiaoxue Ma, Alexander Terry, Christopher Yi, Dylan Arceneaux, Brian Havener, Wachira Leangtanom, Mwanzaa Brown, Olivier Ducharme, Lucy Flieger, Vanille Fricker, Poyen Hsieh, Isabella Hubsch, Michael Jefferson, Eleanor Krause, Nicolas Leonard, Chris Morse, Hafsa Muhammad, Anbar Oreizi-Esfahani, Shovan Shah, Alireza Shojakhani, Luke Erickson, Derek Yi, Dillon Pranger, Gretchen Craig, Kashyap Valiveti, Alexandre Mecattaf, Daniel Torres, Yang Zhao, Ramses Gonzalez, Emma Boudreau, Maureen O’Brien, Jason Lin, Evan McDowell, Eliana Drier, Tess Clancy, Melanie Monastirsky, Stephen Clond, Heather Mauldin, Joseph Diamond, Edward Aguilera Perez, Sarah Bujnowski, Tianqi Cui, Ximeng Pan, Haoran Wang, Diego Garcia Blanco, Peter Stec.

With Armory Fabrication, E2E, and Cowpots.
Landscape consultation: Misako Murata, LMNOP
Thanks to Cornell AAP and Cornell Architecture,
especially Tyler Williams and Kurt Brosnan.

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