IngenuityFest is an annual festival that showcases art and performance works by Northeast Ohio’s creative community to over 20,000 visitors. Since 2016, this event has been hosted at the home of our office, the Hamilton Collaborative work complex. For IngenuityFest 2018, Architecture Office contributed Archetypal Remix: A gravity defying interactive seating and viewing platform.
AO reclaimed and re-engineered four 4’ x 6’ x 6’ tall house forms that had been used at an installation project hosted at Cleveland’s Brite Winter music festival in 2017. Our process generated different arrangements of the houses to fit an alcove in the Hamilton Complex’s parking lot: One that would also host a stage for performances.
Visitors to our offices will see the uncanny arrangement we developed in our parking lot. One house rests on the ground, the other three stacked atop it in a carnivalesque jumble. Reinforced with floor joists, the bottom two houses are viewing platforms for the stage, connected to each other by ladder. Archetypal Remix speaks to Architecture Office’s aesthetic commitment to iteration and simplicity and our work repurposing historical forms into new contexts.