Firm: Human Studio | Architecture and Urban Design
AP Role: Andrew Lockhart was the Project Architect
This site specific installation is located on Cortes Island, on the unceded territory of the Klahose, Tls’amin and Homalso First Nations. Located atop red granite point, these structures create a social focal point for the group of families that share the property. First intended as shade structures, the installation evolved into social infrastructure, instigating impromptu camp games, becoming a play structure, and a conversation starter. Easily visible from the waters of the Salish Sea below, the structures double as beacons, reminiscent of a pair of mainsails up on the rock.
Designed as modular structures, the kit of parts was constructed in Vancouver and transported to the island for assembly over the course of an afternoon. Three adjustable aluminum legs mitigate the impact of the structures on the delicate moss covering much of red granite point, while also allow flexibility for siting. Over time, the cedar structure has weathered to a silver grey, adapting to the varied weather conditions of its exposed location.