2017 FOLLY COMPETITION
Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League invited designers and architects to help shape the physical setting within the park. The 2017 folly competition asked participants to design and fabricate four portable, demountable structures to replace the standard tent structures that are typically deployed throughout the park. We investigated designs that explore the intersection of art and architecture while addressing and improving the conditions of the Park to fulfills its mission as a venue for art, creative expression, public programming, and education.
FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION
Our proposal improves on the standard pyramid tent by analyzing specific use scenarios to shape the form of each tent type. Through the use of formal cues, each of the proposed tents implies an orientation, a territory, and a degree of opennes. Each cater to their proposed use with thoughtful control of movement, shade, and approach. The tents are built using a rigid frame and flexible fabrics that naturally fall into hyperbolic surfaces, giving them a lightweight and playful aesthetic without complicating assembly or deployment.