Studio Morison’s yellow PVC pavilion gives guests to a Dutch art festival with the possibility to sleep in 1 of the darkest locations in the Netherlands.

Named Escape Car #9, the lightweight demountable shelter is created for an imagined future when nature reclaims the planet, leaving humans to “tread immediately and lightly on the land they occupy”.

“When very first imagining Escape Car #9 I had a vision of a flight into the future,” explained British artist Ivan Morison, who founded Studio Morison alongside his wife Heather.

“I saw a lightness from that future inside the darkness of the present, and this is exactly where the Escape Car can take us towards,” he continued.

The style comprises a circular chamber for living and sleeping that is elevated above the ground on 4 pyramidal aluminium legs.

The chamber, which sleeps two people today, is constructed from a protective outer layer of specially commissioned aluminium expanded mesh, and a taut inner curving membranous climate layer of yellow PVC.

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The chamber is accessed by means of a ladder and trap door in its underside when a conical “navigational buoy” created from bent sheet aluminium sits on its roof.

The interior is a minimal space with a metallic floor and a double bed at its centre that sits straight below the the concical navigation buoy.

The ceiling of the chamber is lined with a quilted foil insulation layer that assists preserve a habitable temperature day and evening.

The pavilion has been installed at a web page in Holtingerveld in the Netherlands, which was the web page of the earliest settlers to the nation 10,000 years ago. Described by the artists as a “primordial landscape”, it is 1 of the darkest locations in the Netherlands and at evening you can see numerous stars and planets.

A hatch in the chamber’s metallic ceiling, gives access to a deck, from which occupants can view these surrounding nightscapes.

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The pavilion is created to be slept in overnight by guests attending Into Nature – a biennial art route that is laid out in the ancient landscape of Drenthe. Operating till 16 September 2018, the trail also involves functions by Olafur Eliasson, Adrián Villar Rojas and Susan Philipsz amongst other individuals.

The artists stated that occupants of Escape Car #9 will be in a position to experience first hand “the sense of darkness, of solitude, of instability and the possibilities of what is to come”.

In the morning the shelter’s interior has a gradually increasing intensity of yellow as the sun rises, with rays of light making ever-altering shadows across the shelter’s inner membrane.

As the day progresses the yellow illumination becomes extra intense rotating about the curved wall. The artists stated that the robust yellow glow inside the chamber has an enveloping and calming impact, which is emphasised when the occupant emerges into the stark white light of the outdoors globe.

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The pavilion is conceived as a set of connecting elements and is totally demountable. The legs are supported and anchored by 4 Spirafix screw anchors, so that the shelter leaves as small influence as attainable on the landscape.

Earlier this year,  architects Dina Haddadin and Rasem Kamal unveiled a style for a hybrid shelter and water tower made from Corten steel pipes and woven goat hair that could offer oasis-like respite in the deserts of Jordan.

Photography is by Studio Morison.

Project Credits:

Idea: Heather and Ivan Morison
Commissioners: Into Nature
Design and style and installation: Studio Morison
Engineering: Artura
Metal fabrication: Leominster Engineering 
Fabric patterning and fabrication: J &amp J Carter


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