This pinecone pitstop was built as a temporary resting stop on the climb up the dunes to the beaches of Nida. An empty shell with a single seat, the structure was designed to be gradually filled with the abundant pinecones and other woodland debris and blend into the surrounding forest.
The Next Step
Timber + wiremesh + pinecones
As part of The Next Step Workshop for EASA, 2016. Each participant was tasked to design and build a 1.2m x 1.2m section off a public stair connecting the forest to the sands dune in Nida, Lithuanian. Occupying the first run of steps, the design offers a place to pause and reconnect with the forest. A cantilevered structure is creates a shelter that can be filled objects found in the forest, such as the abundant pinecones, whilst a simple seat made from an existing tree stump provides a place to catch ones breath. The form compliments its neighbouring 'soviet inspired bus stop' and over time its walls and roof become a parts of the forest.
photographs by Alexandra Kononchenko