INDIANA – Swedish firm Visiondivision created a swing set and concession stand commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art largely from a single 30.5-m tree.
'Chop Stick' was designed for the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park in Indiana, USA, from a yellow poplar tree harvested from a nearby forest.
‘Our project is about trying to harvest something as gently as possible so that the source of what we harvest is displayed in a pure, pedagogic and respectful way – respectful to both the source itself and to everyone visiting the building’, say architects Anders Berensson and Ulf Mejergren.
The tree was harvested and shaped to preserve the size and shape as naturally as possible. Bark was carefully stripped and dried to be used as shingles for the concession stand and hanging ornaments for the branches.
The structure of the stand itself also comes from the tree - Pieces of wood were cut from the trunk to create the stand’s frame and the swing sets, and even the flowers found on the tree were used as ornaments in the concession stand’s glass.
Photos courtesy Eric Lubrick at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, architect Donna Sink, and Visiondivision