Twist and Turn Screen
We love it when a client asks, “Have you done this before?” and then trusts us to keep going when we say, “Never!” After fretting over how to keep this wood screen ‘perfect,’ we finally leaned into the potential beauty of the imperfect. Instead of fighting nature’s latent desires, we gave into the screen’s impulse to crook, cup, bow, and twist.
We milled the screen’s wood and coded it according to its predominant deformation tendencies, allowing for loose ends with the expectation that as the wood weathers, it would naturally deform. The choice of Eucalyptus is strategic here –taking a local invasive species known for its instability as a building product and turning it to productive use in the design. The striated pattern of the installation references the local mill’s traditional methods of stacking wood to dry and tries to capture the image of the fluid movement of the wind through the site’s open grasslands. These two strands of thought –lumber stacking patterns and the fluid movement of open grasslands– combine in the construction of the screen. From the interior, the changing shadows that the screen creates along the main corridor mark the daily and seasonal movements of the sun, but also visually propel the inhabitant through the house and back out into the landscape beyond. Please contact us for more detailed information