Architect’s for Animals - Benefiting FixNation
We started with the cave – a den for the ancestral predators that our furry companions descend from. Caves fascinated us because of their inherent juxtaposition between imposing rocky exterior and intimate warm interior. While we began with the purest shape that delineates a cave, a hollowed-out sphere, we rationalized this into an icosahedron which can stably rest on any of its twenty faces. By removing two faces (a front and back door for our resident; or perhaps an entry and window) we create an object that can be reconfigured in twenty different ways.
Of course, we could not shake the similarity between this form and a twenty-sided die used in role-playing games. It delighted us that this shelter might not be a den for a predator, but perhaps a hideout for a traveling adventurer. The Dungeon Master’s Lair is constructed with a combination of modern fabrication techniques and traditional craftsmanship. CNC cut wood panels are stained a rich black on the exterior and given a clear finish on the interior so that the natural wood can glow through – like a campfire in a deep mountain cave.
HKS team members: Christian Behling, Kristi Hsiao, Diana Tang, Manzer Mirkar, David Rodriguez, Rachel Martinelli, Michelle Stevenson