Studio k6 designed their dewdrop for the 11th Shelter Student Architectural Design Competition 2009 called
“A wooden room in which to read a book.”, which was launched by Tom Heneghan from the Department of Architecture, Tokyo University of the Arts.
We envisioned a reading room in the round bodied shape of a dewdrop. While the lower part contains the wooden seat bucket formed for several positions in which to read, the upper part consists of a wooden framework covered with a translucent linen membrane allowing enough light to enter, while dampening the noise from the outside for comfortable reading conditions.
During daytimes one can trace the wandering shadows on this lucid skin connecting the reader to the passage of time with a rather calming effect than a form of pressure. In the nighttimes the drop could be equipped with a light source enabling the reader to continue her study in the dark, while radiating into the park acting as illumination and landmark as well.
The translucent membrane furthermore shows whether the drop is occupied or free to use, without unwanted interruption of the read. The dewdrop is suspended from a large tree in a city park. It provides shelter to anybody who wishes to read in an enclosed transitory space, a space between privacy and publicity, a space between the reality of the urbanity outside and the fiction of her read within.
The dewdrop reading room provides enough space for one person to read in comfortably measuring 1.6 m in diameter and 2.8 m from the bottom to the top where its textile membrane splits into 8 strands forming a strong rope for suspension. If there is no tree branch or other form to suspend the dewdrop from, its flattened bottom allows the reading room to be simply put on the ground.
Depending on the size of the public space it is set up in and the intention of the individual concept, dewdrop can be a single installation or influence the atmosphere of a city park drastically in higher quantity and composition.