Proposal for a functional folly [ competition ]
Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York invited emerging architects and designers to submit proposals for Folly/Function, an annual design/build program. The 2017 competition asked to design and fabricate four portable, demountable structures to replace four standard tent structures that are deployed, as needed, throughout the Park. The structure had to provide shelter from rain, shade from sun, and be secure enough to withstand wind in a waterfront environment. The structure had to be able to be assembled and disassembled in no more than 10–15 minutes by
maximum two people.
In response to this brief Smeeing and Bogerd proposed the Poly-Box, a bright coloured mobile structure. The footprint of the Poly-Box is defined by the space available within the storage container and the shelter the structure must provide. The structure can easily be removed from the container and rolled to a chosen location. Once the unit is in place and the brakes are on, the structure will unfold to become a freestanding temporary pavilion. The side panels can be opened up to form the roofing and walls, providing shelter from the sun and rain whilst defining the space.
Year : 2017
Collaboration with : Leen Bogerd