Posts by Chloe Mapes:
Our group has begun to look at how multiple containers interact with each other. In this model, the container’s roof and end pieces are sliced lengthwise to create long structural forms that are all connected on a center axis. With this axis the pieces are able to rotate to provide shade, water, and to also act as a windbreak.
Great variation between daytime and nighttime temperatures may deter plant growth. Edible, native plant species already exist but must be supplemented with additional plant life to produce enough food for the entire community year round. The model below is used to express the idea of transforming one wall of the container into a transitioning wall. Floor to ceiling panels would create a solid wall surface but would also be able to rotate on a center axis to move the interior wall to the outside in a spinning motion. Ideally, the interior wall would be covered with vertical gardens. These gardens would contain plants that require ample sunlight during the day, as well as protection from a cold temperatures at night.
This container model focuses on the addition of new gardening beds. These beds could be horizontal, piercing the thick skin of the shipping container at one end. Multiple horizontal garden beds would pierce the skin in this way, and be staggered and overlap each other to optimize the use of space and absorb sunlight as the occupy one end of the container. The section of the square garden bed on the inside of the container would function as sleeping space for the family, similar to bunk beds.
In the model, sawdust is shown spilling out and over the container. The sawdust, used to represent new plant growth, is sandwiched between two levels of the container. Placing the plants between and underneath the container helps to regulate the amount of sunlight the plants receive. This structure also helps to protect the plants against harsh climate conditions.
This model explores the shipping container structure as a skeletal frame. This skeleton would hold in loose material to construct exterior walls and interior spaces. As this material decays and begins to fall to the ground, the shipping container can be refilled from the top with new or recycled material to restart the building process. This continuous cycle allows for the container to shift and change its form.
A wooden block covered in sawdust to convey the deterioration of the shipping container. Overtime as the shipping container adapts to the environment of Pine Ridge, South Dakota it may begin to decay. As the container deteriorates and falls to the ground, new growth would progressively move up the side of the container and heal the decaying skin. These plants would consume the crumbling container to retain structural support, while simultaneously acting as a local food source.
The container is a defined shape and size. By breaking down the structure of the container it becomes more receptive to the surrounding environment. The divots and dents in the container would house new plant growth. These plants could serve as a primary food source for the residents of the container.
The transformation of a landscape occurs over time and may only subtlety shift. The models below explore the container as an element changing with the landscape. The container could extend its height, or fold back into itself to resist weather conditions. Additionally, layers or floors of the container could swivel and rotate to utilize the entire site, and varying topography. The changes in the container would not occur immediately, but over time.
To layer…..the landscape, plants, soil, and interior living space. The clay and wooden models below, allowed me to explore the expansion of layered space. The clay model specifically focuses on the expansion of the container to allow more light to permeate the space. The wooden model is constructed of similarly sized pieces that slide past one another to create nooks and crannies. These nooks could act as exterior gardening space. By differentiating the pieces, plants are offered protection from the weather in some places, but may receive ample sunlight in others.