Nesting Pretty embodies contradictions. Looking to engage its surrounding sites, the “rugged urban,” this project transforms the vernacular of the City, sleek, linear, box skyscrapers, into a rough, nature-made concoction. Utilizing both processed and found materials, nine building elements break from the organized, sterile grid into a randomized confi guration, following the movement of human inhabitants circling the grounds around, in-between, and through the streetscape. Layering opposing formal, material, and experiential architectural ideals into one platform, each painted and polished nest is a sanctuary for the individual and a spectacle for the crowd.
I believe the contemporary folly holds in its hands the power to expose and ridicule the ideal. It presents the unattainable or the unfathomably rebellious, pristinely packaged and riotously aware of its objectifi cation while opening up a dialogue to a virtue or criticism upheld within its physical and/or ideological conception. The power of the folly is in its ability to manifest a fun, nonsensical delight with melancholy whiplash behind its physicality…one spoon full at a time.
Nesting Pretty is a folly that looks to pursue the urban ideal with a natural twist. Merging and confusing boundaries between industry and nature, this project presents a whimsical element and critical eye. While the nest is a playful space that questions the urban architectural idea, formally, it also contradicts this idea with the aspiration to be closer to nature, through material selection and construction methodologies.
Why are we still living and building boxes?
Can we ever truly find comfort in nesting within a box?