Sandra Vivanco, AIA, SEED
We were inspired by the procession that is the experiential and mental journey to
the site, which we sought to recreate architecturally. In leaving the city to travel to
the site one must peel off layers of electronic devices and unnecessary clothing.
There is a required lightness that in the precursor to a primal desire to commune
with nature. Very present as well are the ideas of play, adventure, fantasy, and contemplation.
The design team proposes to engage the path from the existing upper cabin
and continue it into our proposed cabin project. The lattice system frames our views
as an architectural interpretation of the experience of being surrounded by trees.
Our View Mistress provides a climbing surface that acts as an extension of the procession
into the roof, reenacting the climbing of a tree. The roof facets transform
into a subtly inclined surface that provides a special view of the reservoir.
Every exterior surface is defined by a natural body position that in turn
informs the interior of the building designed to frame enticing views of the reservoir
only through the lattice system. The entry point is defined by a peeling off of
this crenellated surface. When in use the building opens up to nature to supply an
even stronger connection to the forest but can also be sealed for colder seasons or
In an effort to adapt to the surrounding slopes the vegetation the structure
and form of View Mistress was derived by manipulating a basic cube. It doesn’t
seeks to mimetize with nature but it is based on a sympathetic tectonic strategy that
derives its power from a playful interpretation of the mystery and calm that emanates
from the forest.