– a tent for solitary observation of nature
This project was designed, built, and tested in a two-week time period. The challenge was to make a shelter for one person for one night. Besides keeping the rain and cold out, I wanted to create a space that focused the inhabitant on the observation of nature: not only the broad scenic landscape, but the finer details above and below our typical gaze. The windows - large and small, lower and higher - frame the surroundings in interesting and unexpected ways. The bright, natural surface of the canvas offers a glowing emptiness for the inhabitant. The structure of the tent was based on the simplest and strongest of structures, the tetrahedron, and was created with electrical conduit with flattened ends that bolted together.
The Sensory Shelter, along with other shelters from the Minimal Habitation course, were tested overnight at Kirby Cove in Marin, California.