This installation uses conventional building methods to reimagine a modern sense of gathering and community using standard lumber. A section through the intersecting angled wooden poles is arrayed around a 32-foot circle. With an 8-foot opening at the base, a pair of 2x6s taper at the top and connect at gradually changing heights but maintain the same angle throughout. An elliptical curve flows through a perfect circle and forms two elongated conical forms with an inner gathering space.
The IDS x Ontario Wood Pavilion is the winning entry for an architectural installation to celebrate the importance of wood in Ontario’s identity and history. This pavilion explores the qualities of temporary shelter, showcasing the possibilities of locally-sourced lumber as well as creating a built environment in which products created by local woodworkers and craftsmen can be featured.
A central space can be viewed through the elongated form and along the perimeter. The top corners shift along the curve and gradually reach the ground. The half-moon shape shifts along the arrayed wooden members as the top corner tapers down. Not unlike a campfire or encampment in a forest clearing, the central space encourages informal gathering within the perimeter of the pavilion, which may suggest a sense of protection.
There are four access points from outside of the installation. Three allow the visitor to enter the inner circle, while a fourth opening gives access to the interior only, but not to the central space. There are several ways to interact with this installation, and the structure evolves and transforms as the visitor discovers their own path.
In the heart of the pavilion, a seating area around a symbolic fire pit references both the survival and social aspects of an encampment. This form of assembly provides an opportunity to showcase pieces from some of Ontario’s top wood talent. Visitors are invited to spend time in the interior of the installation with opportunities to sit, relax and socialize in the central space.
This installation was displayed at IDS19 for a period of four days and viewed by over 53,000 attendees, after which all of the material was donated to Habitat for Humanity.