In 2011, Science Museum Oklahoma invited Studio Architecture along with 13 other local companies, to participate in the inaugural Out-of-the-Box exhibit. The museum provide each company with a box containing a random assortment of materials (which we generally ignored) and instructed us to construct an exhibit that creativity embodies the essence of our firm and industry. While it took a significant amount of work to accomplish, the end result was worth it.
Step into an architect’s pedal-powered mind and experience your surroundings though the iconic lenses of an architect. See what an architect sees, think like an architect thinks, go where an architect goes, and while you are at it, try your hand at drawing what an architect draws.
The Latin suffix “ariuim” is defined as a place associated with a specified thing or a device associated with a specific function. Words using this suffix are most prevalent in a museum environment—words like aquarium, planetarium, etc. Utilizing that suffix and setting, the idea behind the Architectarium was to create a place and device associated with the profession of architecture. The goal was to allow the public to see what an architect sees, think like an architect thinks, go where an architect goes, and draw what an architect draws. This was accomplished by building a six foot cube representing the “head” of an architect and inviting the public inside. Once inside, the museumgoer was surrounded by drawings, sketches, diagrams, and a blank drawing board. Under the drawing board was a set of pedals that allowed the user to put the entire exhibit in motion while viewing the museum through a giant pair of iconic architect’s glasses. The end result was a lighthearted exhibit that gave the public an entertaining and interactive glimpse of the world through the eyes of an architect.
In plan, the Arbor Breeze Cabin #2 is based on the traditional dog-trot house layout that is common in the South. Living spaces and sleeping spaces are separated by a covered breezeway that functions as the entry and main outdoor living space. A double-sided indoor-outdoor fireplace extends the rental season into the cooler months by providing a warm place to gather. A butterfly roofline provides the opportunity to take a vacation negative, rain, and celebrate it by creating an “event” when it rains. From the sound of rain hitting the corrugated metal roof to the splashing of water from the scupper into the river rock basin below to the small steam that terminates into the pond, the procession of water from roof to pond is an experience that can be enjoyed by all.
Like Cabin #1, a tool shed more budget-friendly option was ultimately selected.