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Tristan da Cunha Design Ideas Competition

Forster, Wayne 2015. Tristan da Cunha Design Ideas Competition. [Building design / competition entry].

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Tristan has a historically rooted and contemporary culture of fishing and boat building, both as a skill and craft but also a neccesity to life on the island. The act of building a boat brings together the community to utilise the islanders craft abilities, simulateously creating a heart and hub of activity. The long upturned boats along the road curving up from the harbour reiterate the language of Tristan’s built forms, streamlined against a prevailing current, offering protection and shelter. The upturned boat metaphor assumes critical importance symbolically as well as tectonically. Fehn argued that to build on land without acknowledging the concept of the sea is to build without the limitations of the world around. Designing from a great distance these thoughts seem to us to be particularly relevant for those who have made the island their home – they are intimately approximate to the margins between earth and sea and the vessel is part of this. At a more practical level the boatbuilding technology will become a legible kit of parts for ease of construction.

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Schools: Architecture
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 17:06

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