heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge
heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge
jan 21, 2012

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge

‘black pig lodge’ by heather & ivan morison in london, united kingdom all images courtesy heather & ivan morison

‘black pig lodge’ by brighton-based creative duo heather & ivan morison is a small free-standing shelter conceived for the 60th anniversary of the festival of britain in london, united kingdom. constructed using polished cast coal that has been sourced from a working mine in wales, the project seeks to illustrate the transitioning notion of coal mining – from a celebrated industry to a symbol of social decline in rural communities – by presenting the structure as a relic from an imagined future.

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodgeexterior view

while the festival in 1951 represented architecture that looked towards the future, the morisons aimed to create a form that could provoke a sense of survival for an uncertain future. the exterior resembles a bunker-like shelter, rough and unadorned with a shingle facade that draws from the vernacular style of the sami turf lodge. open on both ends, the interior features a linear table that is nondescript in its function or program. the subtly tapering walls lead up to a series of skylights that draw light down the reflective surfaces made out of polished coal. neutral and blunt, the space is purposely ambiguous of its cultural context.

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge facade

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge detail

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge interior

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge skylight

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodgepolished coal walls

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodgeoverall view

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge sketches

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge early rendering

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge3D model

heather + ivan morison: black pig lodge from above

  • “a relic from an imagined future”
    beautiful tiling and the polished coal looks incredible as a material, although personally I struggle with the pristine left overs of an imaginary future…

    globalporco says:
  • Absolute cool and inventive

    eric says:

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