invisible barn by STPMJ reflects the surrounding landscape
all images courtesy of STPMJ
UPDATE: ‘the invisible barn’ is currently seeking funding on crowdfunding platform kickstarter. if the campaign is successful the structure will find a new home in UC berkeley’s sagehen creek field station in california’s central sierra nevada mountains. read more about the initiative here.
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seung teak lee and mi jung lim of new york-based practice STPMJ have designed an ‘invisible barn’, a project that was awarded a notable entry for ‘folly 2014′ – a competition led by the architectural league and socrates sculpture park. the contest invites young and emerging designers to propose contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly, traditionally seen as a small-scale building or pavilion positioned within a garden or landscape.
apertures cut within the façade enable visitors to physically interact with the folly
shaped as a skinny parallelogram eluding the densely planted trees, the site specific proposal re-contextualizes the landscape by mirroring its surroundings. the barn-shaped wooden structure, clad in reflective film, is placed in the middle of a grove, allowing the structure to assimilate naturally within its environment. the design replicates and projects the site’s different species of trees and plants, the changing color of the sky and the region’s seasonal changes. apertures cut within the façade not only enable visitors to physically interact with the folly, but also provide visual contrast and engagement from a variety of different angles. through these apertures, visitors perceive the subtle differences between the real and the mirrored landscape, understanding the depth of the grove and other art installations across the site.
the design replicates and projects the site’s seasonal changes
the barn loses its architectural form to nature, encouraging visitors to interact with it through the overlap of materials and building techniques between the two disciplines. as guests people begin to move around and within the folly, users will slowly recognize a space within the grove that reflects, mirrors, and animates the landscape of the park.
view from south entry of the park at night
visual indicating how the design responds to seasonal change
overall site plan showing the structure in the context of the park
diagram indicating the shape of the structure
section highlighting the skinny nature of the folly
section documenting how guests can interact with the structure
status: folly 2014 design competition / notable entry
location: socrates sculpture park, queens, new york, USA
dimensions: 24′ x 3′ x 12′
budget: $5,000 USD