Finalists announced for Brick Bay Folly Competition

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Amanda Kissling

Congratulations to Jasmax team members Raphaela Rose, Cameron Deynzer, Olivia Collinson and Hayden Grindell for their successful entries into the Brick Bay Sculpture Park Architectural Folly Competition. These team members were involved in three separate entries, two of which have recently been named finalists.

The Brick Bay Sculpture Trust launched the second year of its architectural folly competition earlier this year. The award, which encourages the intersection of sculpture and architecture, aims to support emerging architects and those completing their architectural studies. The winning project will be exhibited at the Brick Bay Sculpture Park for two years and will be installed in March 2016.

Raphaela and Cameron’s submissions have both been named on the shortlist for the 2016 installation.

Daughter of the Swamp (Raphaela Rose, Sacha Milojevic – Patterson Associates, Ryan David Mahon – Postgraduate Student at UoA, Edward Roberts – Geopacific Engineering Inc) [Finalist]

“The folly is an architectural object that lacks a deliberate purpose. On a grassy site between a quiet pool of water and a grove of trees, the question of what the folly might be leads one to consider myths of eels, hīnaki and perhaps even taniwha. Following these lines, one arrives at Maui, who legend has it was first to catch the long eel, and his wife Hina, the daughter of the swamp. Inspired by these stories this folly becomes an enormous eel pot, marooned on the shore.”

Primal Bell (Cameron Deynzer and Katie Braatvedt) [Finalist]

“We are in search of the moment where architecture transfigures the person occupying it. The folly exists as a remnant of the ritual, a reminder of the seasons on the agrarian landscape. Its materiality is both primitive and futuristic; stained timber, polished steel. The interior is immersive, a reflective and reverberant chamber lit by an oculus 7 metres above. Constructed from re used oil drums, the physical process of preparing the interior cladding is a form of catharsis.”

Earthen Tapestry (Olivia Collinson & Hayden Grindell)

“Earthen Tapestry is an augmented landscape, embedded into the Brick Bay hillside. Made from glazed brick, the Tapestry digs into the slope, morphing the natural contour, and inverting the folly experience by encouraging an engagement with the ground plane, not the horizon. Visitors are invited to inhabit the brick carpet, with peaks and troughs dividing the plan and creating discrete areas for individuals to occupy.”

Find out the full Finalist list and who’s judging the competition here.

It’s going to be a difficult task to select the winner. We wish all the finalists luck!

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