Personal Project: Stargazing Tent

The project: to create a space for late-night snacking and stargazing. The site: a lawn outside a pretty average house in the mountains of western Pennsylvania near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. The constraints: six hours of building time, and very few materials — sticks, rope and sheets.

There it is. I responded to the sloping site by angling the tent to face down the slope of the site towards the most visible mountains, towards the west — the sunset. The billowing forms of the roof are intended to play off the slope of the hill and give the tent a sense of movement, augmenting the traditionally static, calming act of looking at the starts. The door at the back is small in order to create a pronounced sense of entering a new space. Thus, the tent actively focuses its users on the mountains, the sky and the stars.

More after the break.

The maze of hanging sheets and sticks is a component of the project designed by another group of people. A long procession in several different phases, it leads to the small door of the tent and helps ease the rather abrupt transition of entering into that door. Visitors have to actively avoid bumping into its hanging sticks, in a sense heightening their senses and preparing them for the awareness needed for stargazing.

On the whole, I’m quite proud of this project. I feel that it is highly expressive in a way that connects it firmly to the function it houses.

Here’s the full gallery:


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