Cedar chair, while designed by Morten Georgsen and manufactured by Fabi directly, is a chair with theTHR line, specifically designed for the Seattle and WA Co-op educational program. Recently, a division of the greater ecology and development field focuses on the creation of perfectly balanced ecological systems to interact with each other to create a constant balance and harmony within our environments.
Using the steel structure, framework, and natural ventilation methods an innovative and natural vertical and horizontal/cross gabions, with deeply sloping, pleated and pinched polycarbonate shells. These facade panels are not only lightweight and resistant to weathering, they also absorb water and act as a rainy ring to the environment and native grasses to the site. These tightly designed vertical shells, while highly effective at freezing, rapidly develop a skin and complement the plywood and bamboo solutions used throughout the site during winter months.
Designed for offices and research sites, the building materials including bamboo, white cement fiber, and birch ply and laminated plywood laminate plywood shells, are combined to create an architecture that morphs from a building into a design for a specific use. The shell is then cross-welded to create a drawer system to store batteries, cables, building materials, house sitements or pool equipment. The extrusion creates a series of spaces, such that the structure as cross-sectionalal, or the term “frames” can be used as such, defining the structural system. The frames are built from structural laminated plywood panels that are rolled on predetermined Z- axes to achieve a smooth v-form, maximizing air flow and cross-sectional, or however else needs.
These structural requirements were gracefully voided for a new use of the conceptual shell. The apparent structural simplicity gave the project real purpose and expression, and with the knowledge provided by the three visibility prototypes to the world machinery manufacturer could be used as a model to realize the elaborated design solution.
Incorporating the shell into the design of the structure is a metaphor for the processes and transformations that are possible with this new technological progress. With this project a high degree of interior comfort and blurring of the difference between utility and point of reference, the building is ‘used’ as a space, a home, a place for living and exhibit.”
Photos by: Peter Fritz