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Spirit of Place

With the challenge of creating a dwelling in Mounds State Park, understanding the spirit of place becomes the forefront. The dynamic forest adds difficulty to design for one place, leading to the exploration of nomadic dwellings. Traditional nomadic architecture such as the Tipi, Wigwam, and Yurt was analyzed and determined to be timeless designs for mobility, but lacked on the users experience of the place. This created a need for an experiential nomadic dwelling that enhances the user’s experience in the forest. Studies into collapsible and self supporting structures dictated the form while the choice of white translucent fabric encases the user in a peaceful, meditative cocoon that makes the experience about being in the place. The limitation of views allows the user to have a multisensory focus on the aspects of the forest that are important to them.

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