Type: Seasonal Project
Location: Arctic Circle
This project involved designing two suites from Ice and Snice, with carefully integrated lighting.
Scheme 1 Concept:
Space - Here, we lie at the heart of ice and cavern; a pleated hollow folding into a miniature animistic land. The contours of the room quiver under the grasp of the combined diffused and sharp lights afforded to the space by its icy material treatments.
Materials and Lighting - Snice: an erosion of form, this snice appears soft, moulded by gesture and occupation. It becomes a cavern of dancing lights rather than of abyssal darkness. To appear as soft undulations, the lighting cast onto the walls and ceiling causes them to glow, casting only muted shadows and acting as a fabric to show off the glimmers of ice. Ice: reminiscent of the brilliance and wavering movements of the aurora, this backlit ice casts caustic refractions into the grooves of the room. Cracked open and revealed widest where the bed rests, this material provides clarity; then, crawling along the ceiling and curling through the walls, it transforms the cavern into a foot of a crevasse as light gleams from above. At the far end of the room, on the wall opposing the bed, the ice emerges from the mute white of the ground like a radiant world on fire - speaking again to the coloured fires of the sky.
Sleeping and Use Rituals - Presented in the space are a bed and two columns - also affected by the forms of the rolling contours. The columns are seen first when entering the room; set alight from all sides and contorting the luminosity in their rounded figures as disturbers of empty space and casters of the most intense of twisted shadows. They carry gazes towards the height of the space along their stalagmitic forms, weaving lines of sight along the room’s undulations to then find the bed’s base engulfed by the curves of the wall, only moments of padded comfort upsetting the ice.
Scheme 2 Concept:
Space - This space is convention and allure. It becomes strong in its bare skin, only dressing in warping light and arrows of shadow. In this sincerity, the room is a decadent journey and familiarity, offering moments of prominence in the space.
Materials and Lighting - Snice: the walls are white; crisp and smooth in form and touch. They radiate light almost too bright to look at directly as they offer only as a casing to the space. The snice they are polished with accentuates the elongated outline of the room and causes no disruptions into it, creating the greatest volume of still air possible. Ice: this ice is a barren forest, stripped of dirt and disorder. It persists as smooth trunks; columns of warping light; a labyrinth to lace through and find a cavity of comfort. The ice – measured in its scattering – trumpets at the ceiling as it meets with the whiter snow, becoming free in these material unions. Though like glass, the ice columns send shade into the centre of the room and concurrent wild slices of brilliant caustic light, transforming the forest into, not earth, but lands swallowed by water.
Sleeping and Use Rituals - Seated in the absolute centre cavity of the room emerges a pedestal in the same white as the walls, the floor, and the ceiling. Used as a formally unpretentious bed in the space’s greater indulgence, all symmetry meets into this point as light and shadow at once flood inward.