The project is remarkable for its unique drawings and its level of detail and complexity. Such complexity communicates the author’s extensive analysis of the project, its site and the design. There is a level of graphic strength here that certainly goes above and beyond the typical competition submission. There are a number of presentation considerations, however, that the author might make. Text is located only on the first sheet - it is lengthy and far too small for easy comprehension. Given the submission spans four sheets, it is recommended that this text be divided onto multiple pages and increased in size for more direct correlations between drawing and descriptions, and also to provide a clearer flow and engagement for the reader. The final three sheets, while spectacular for their use of imagery, are quite similar in detailing and in the information conveyed. It would be beneficial for the author to increase in size the round vignettes, which provide clear differentiation within the project - it is within these that the reader is seeking to understand the spatial experience.
Design an iconic tower for De Smet, South Dakota, USA
Jury feedback summary
‘Opus Loci’ maps local resources within a 100km radius to serve the design and construction of this project. Programs are organized to prioritize interactions between artist production and living spaces, visitor’s reception and sleeping areas and interactive spaces. The project is modular and follows three templates, sized small, medium and large, which are located across the site in consideration of the existing landscape. Each module is organized around a chimney block which provides space heating, hot water and regulates the immediate atmosphere in conformity with bioclimatic principles. The project utilizes raw earth and material reuse, incorporating an on-site workspace for self-construction.