Light House a pavilion for the Field of sparks Artweek in Hungary - TimberOnWeb
The Light House pavilion, built in the small Hungarian village of Ipolytarnóc, is part of the "Field of sparks" art project, an initiative created to promote this "forgotten" geographical area and make it more attractive to the public
Ipolytarnóc is a small rural village in Hungary near the border with Slovakia; it is a settlement consisting of the simple houses typical of the agricultural environment scattered throughout the area. Previously, the festival promoting the area had focused on artistic interventions that transformed conceptual design ideas into installations. In 2021, however, the festival founders came up with the idea of transforming an abandoned farmhouse in the center of the village into an art residence, a pavilion for workshops or small events. The intention was to create a functional space with added aesthetic value, so the Light House was born
Slovak Grau Architects which designs the wooden pavilion, understands it as "an anthropological interpretation of functionality and aesthetics." The form of the Light House pavilion cites regional characteristics but transforms them in today's context.
The dominant element of the Light House is the fireplace, which has always signaled life inside the house. At the same time, in the designers' vision it is transformed into a signal tower - a lighthouse, marking the boundaries of a land, and towering over the building. Thus a typological element of every local house becomes the central point of the design and takes on a new meaning: a meeting place, a place for socializing, a place that feels like home, a place for community. The light emanating from within signals cultural activity in the village
The form of the pavilion is intended to be attractive and highly visual. The aesthetic is transferred to the structure and transforms the mundane static pattern of the chimney light beams into a graphic and visual motif. Grau Architectsche create the concept of "functional ornament," where the light chimney becomes a visual attraction while simultaneously performing its function as a wooden lattice beam
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