‘edge condition’ by synecdoche design

‘edge condition’ by synecdoche design (lisa suave and adam smith) is a temporary pavilion that utilizes a by-product material as a means of invoking the construction with wood edges cut from hardwood boards, providing a standardized object to build upon creating a field in which to inhabit.

designers’ own words: ‘by operating on the edge of definitive material, neither board nor wood chip, the wood edge becomes the temporal object between two phases. in the same light the pavilion offers the capacity to be an edge condition of construction. the methodical mode of stacking and maneuvering the edges is in itself on the edge of a mode of construction. the flat stacking method gives way to opportunities for expansion and contraction of the volume between the material. the variable of stacking techniques allow for light to move into the pavilion only through the spaces between the edges transforming the edge condition into an ephemeral effect. the standardized one inch thick wood edge and weight of the hardwood compresses the stack into a inhabitable nest, stabilized by its dimension and assembly. while dis-assembly is the reverse operation, the disposal of the material is a process of returning the wood edges to the hardwood mill as to re-enter the recycling process that would otherwise take place.’

sponsors: wood edges donated by hardwoods of michigan in clinton, michigan; young architects forum of atlanta, octane coffee bar, aia atlanta, modern atlanta ann arbor

crew: christopher holzwart, mary o’malley, sarah petri, kyle shobe, robert yuen atlanta crew: emily bacher, keith brockman, jason diehl, adam glenn, nathan koskovich, carolina montilla

synecdoche design: edge condition up close of the wood edges

synecdoche design: edge condition full view

synecdoche design: edge condition interior view

synecdoche design: edge condition exterior wall


synecdoche design: edge condition single day assembly

synecdoche design: edge condition street view

synecdoche design: edge condition the installation by night

synecdoche design: edge condition wood edges as they exist at the saw mill

synecdoche design: edge condition

rendering of pavilion

synecdoche design: edge condition section of pavilion

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