Seventh Climate (Paradise Reconsidered)

Seventh Climate (Paradise Reconsidered)

Architect
John Roloff Studio
Location
I-5 Colonnade Park, Seattle, Washington, USA
Project Year
2006
Category
Promenades
John Roloff

Seventh Climate (Paradise Reconsidered)

John Roloff Studio as Architects

Seventh Climate (Paradise Reconsidered) A meta-system that brings together unique but related natural phenomena to create a new ecology and symbolic dissolution of a section of the I-5 freeway. The primary components of the project are: four trees planted as one, each representing a distinct biome, climate and terrain of the Northern Hemisphere, an electronic mimicry of contemporary Seattle sunlight and moonlight, and a repeating, year- long simulation of Seattle’s pre-freeway, 1960, precipitation.

 

This project focuses on the singular properties of the 7.5 acre site entirely beneath Interstate 5 as is passes east of Lake Union just north of downtown Seattle, WA. This is a unique site, a space with its own ecology, rain/light, shadow and topographic properties, related but separate from other Seattle ecological systems, affording a special opportunity to explore new ecologies with disparate if not radical combinations or conjunctions of elements.

 

Filling and framing the space underneath one main segment of the central of I-5 freeway that passes overhead, the artwork is a meta-system that brings together unique but related natural phenomena to create a new ecology and symbolic dissolution of a section of the I- 5 freeway. The primary components of the project are: four trees planted as one, each representing a distinct biome, climate and terrain of the Eastern Hemisphere, an electronic mimicry of contemporary Seattle sunlight and moonlight, and a repeating, year-long simulation of Seattle’s pre-freeway, 1960, precipitation. Within the interactive context and conditions created by the cycling light, intermittent rain and arboreal growth, these elements are asked to reconcile, adapt and engage with each other, forming new relationships and questions.

 

Material Used :

1. Trachycarpus fortunei - Windmill/Chusan Palm (Taiwan, Chusan Islands)

2. Magnolia denudata - Yulan/Tulip Magnolia (Central China)

3. Betula jacquemontii - Himalayan Birch (Western Himalaya) 


4. Metasequoia glyptostroboides - Dawn Redwood (China, paleo-North America, Asia, Europe), Overhead precipitation and sun/moonlight system with electronic, programming, Recycled concrete rubble

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