“When I got back to the ObTower, still wearing the gloves, I carefully stitched little scraps of the leaf into my orange lady ecologist knickers.”
1 to 1 – There Are No Miniatures in Nature
1 to 1 is a speculative design project that proposes a series of architectural products to depict an alternative world in which society is free from the dominance of industrial societies. In this scenario, wilderness areas have become icons of the nature conservation movement. Liberated from means of production and the level of technology, individuals now solely strive towards the production of knowledge. The three models are examining fundamental themes of design.
In order to protect and restore nature we need stronger means. Looking at the design of current research stations, designers face three main challenges: build a station that withstands the harsh conditions of extreme environments, construct a structure that will have a minimum environmental impact and ensure inhabitants a pleasant working life. In this scenario, The ObTower is motivated by the idea of protecting nature from the actions of man. The tower structure is designed to have minimal impact on its environment by reducing the living space to a minimum—a modular system of living modules, capping off with an observation capsule at the top.
Inspired by the war room from the 1964’s movie Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the Ciruform model is a round table platform accessible through a circular runway—a temporary place for technocrats to debate and make decisions.
The StandTour imagines nature as an endless open-air stadium for the spectacle of gathering knowledge about species and ecosystems. Movable stands provide joyrides for nature enthusiasts. While perceiving nature as a ‘museum’, aspects of audience and consumer come into consideration.
Fictional Stories: Alex Burrett
Booklet Design: Anna-Luise Lorenz