Belsay Sitooterie, 1999
Can a building stand up on the architectural equivalent of matchsticks?
This pavilion is one of twelve temporary sitooteries—a Scottish term for a garden structure in which to ‘sit oot’— commissioned by English Heritage, Britain’s historic preservation agency, for the grounds of Belsay Hall. Long fascinated with the idea of making a hairy building, Heatherwick Studio designed a steel-and-plywood box embedded with wooden rods, or "hairs." The rods function as delicate legs that, together, carry the structure’s weight; they also create a texture that dismantles perceptions of the building’s form, making it look almost blurry. The Sitooterie was on view in summer 1999 and dismantled that autumn.
It is credited
Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.
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