• Loading…

Hairywood

Award: Yellow Pencil

Yellow Pencil / Environmental Design / Exhibitions, Museums & Installations / 2006

6a Architects and Eley Kishimoto were commissioned by the Architecture Foundation to help launch its new gallery on Old Street. The brief was for an external installation exploring architecture's role in creating public space. Hairywood was conceived as a built piece of architecture allowing the public to engage directly with the ideas behind the new public space. Hairywood creates a threshold into the new gallery space and offers an escape from Old Street to watch the world go by. The small, upholstered space at the top is like a fragment of private space open to the street. The plywood cladding is laser-cut with Rapunzel's hair pattern allowing dappled light into the interior, making the tower glow at night. A printed deck, benches and canopy provide a larger public space behind the tower. The tower was inspired by Jacques Tati's film 'Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot' (1958) for which Tati built a bay window high on a wooden tower to juxtapose interior intimacy with the public beach. Tati's romantic image was reinterpreted on Old Street where a small domestic beacon offers a new human measure to the relentless traffic. Tati's contemporary, the Situationist Guy Debord, famously stated: “beneath the pavement, the beach”.

Want more access to D&AD?

Join D&AD as a Free Member and you’ll be able to view winning work, enter the Awards, download New Blood briefs and get access to even more articles and videos.

Join for free I’m already a member

Are you credited on this winning entry?

There's a Pencil with your name on it. Drop us your details for further information about how you can order your Pencil. If you've previously won In Book or a Nomination and would like to celebrate your achievement with a Wood or Graphite Pencil, please let us know.

Please don't check this box.

We have placed cookies on your computer to help make this website better.
You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Don't show this message again