Caroline O'Donnell + Martin Miller

Primitive Hut

Primitive Hut

Opening Reception: October 21, 2017 from 1-3 PM
Located in Architecture Field 01
On View: October 21, 2017

Primitive Hut is a temporary installation that challenges architecture's stasis and permanence. Instead the piece will transform between states of solid, frame, and void, while through its decomposition, it will assist the growth of trees which will replace the physical geometric form with a comparable but radically different and now living form.

Primitive Hut recalls Laugier's 1755 etching of the Primitive Hut which blurred the lines between nature and architec
ture. The implied house form is built around 4 saplings from a lattice of hemp and biodegradable resin, and in-filled with manure cylinders (an off the shelf decomposing plant container product called "Cowpots"). Eventually, as the structure decays, only the trees will remain.


O'Donnell was born in Athlone, Ireland, and raised there and in Derry, Northern Ireland. She received her B.Arch. from the Manchester School of Architecture, England; and her M.Arch. from Princeton University. Before teaching at Cornell, O'Donnell taught at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union and worked at KCAP Architects and Planners in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and at Eisenman Architects in New York City, where she was the project leader for several projects including the Hamburg Library and the Pompei Santuario Railway Station.



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Primitive Hut, 2017 (concept drawings & elevation plans)

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