The wall is an aggregation of 14 unique bricks that were CNC carved from foam blocks. The bricks aggregate and nest into each other to form the wall without any for nails or glue. The nested bricks are held by friction and connected by 3D printed clamps that cinch them together. Instead of remaining a static partition, the bricks are interactive and responsive to movement. As people move around the wall, the bricks undulate at their centers. A motor pulls the white fabric stretched over each brick inward to its center-- the motion mimics the poking of a belly button. The wall becomes more than a barrier by interacting with its environment. The responsive brick makes it possible to perceive movement on the other side of the wall without having to see it.
Landscape for Learning
The goal of this ‘Landscape for Learning’ was to create a piece of architecture capable of teaching visitors about nature through both sight and sound simultaneously.
The mirrored nature walk is shaped specifically to amplify the natural sounds of the most densely wooded areas surrounding the site. The walkway continuously transforms along its length, morphing from convex to concave and rising above and below grade. The changes in shape and height are finely tuned to literally ‘reflect’ and amplify specific natural sounds of the surrounding environment to the visitor while simultaneously blocking and suppressing unwanted noise from nearby traffic. The end of the nature walk culminates in a small complex which is comprised of a center for environment learning, a scenic café, a boat launch, and an outdoor amphitheater. The mirrored façade of the learning center aims to act as an ‘active camouflage’ in that the building becomes a mere reflection of its scenic surroundings.