- Estonia, floating structures respond to environmental needs
A green forest, lakes and blue sky, wooden constructions - a real balm for the eyes when it is winter in the northern hemisphere, and one more reason to discuss the latest experience of the Wilderness Summer School organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts Interior Architecture department in the Soomaa forests, which are flooded at least once a year by local rivers.
A unique ecosystem where under the leadership of Finnish architect and artist Sami Rintala, Serbian architect Pavle Stamenovic, professor Hannes Praks, director of the Estonian Academy of Arts Interior Architecture department, and Estonian architecture office b210 the students built three floating structures - a shelter, a fireplace and sauna - as a response to the temporary flooding.
Unfortunately, one of the structures - the sauna - didn't pass the test and sank, while the other two have been opened to the public, and join the large megaphone.infrastructures built in 2015.
New ways to sustainably make the most of the beauty of the Estonian forest, and more importantly adopting a real response to a natural environment whose singularity - in this case wetlands and seasonal changes in water levels - require flexible design responses.
A very important skill for the architects that are showcased to their best in the “wilderness”, so distant from the traditional urban life, in a landscape that drives individuals to find common ground with others, and where design becomes just part of making, in the words of Sami Rintala.
The floating installations of the Wilderness Summer School are part of a larger network of forest infrastructures organised by the State Forest Management Centre of Estonia and we look forward to seeing what will happen next year!
Wilderness Summer School 2016
Tutors: Sami Rintala (Finland), Pavle Stamenovic (Serbia), b210 architects (Estonia), Hannes Praks (Estonia)
Students: Alden Jõgisuu, Andrea Tamm, Andres Mutis, Berglind Erna Tryggvadóttir, Brigita Kasperaitè, Dan Theman Docherty, Finlay Barge, Gabriel Müller, Gerda Kaasik, Kadri Erdel, Kristiina Veinberg, Laura Müürsepp, Siim Karro, Stefano Prevosti, Triin Mänd, Tuva Ina Sofia Björk
Immagini: Tönu Tunnel, Gabriel Mueller, Mari Hunt (see captions)