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.

exterior 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.

facade

detail

interior

skylight

polished coal walls

overall view

sketches

early rendering

3D model

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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