Anderson Anderson Architecture

BurnBox Pavilion

Project Participants:

University of Oregon

Oregon College of Arts and Crafts

Anderson Anderson Architecture

BurnBox is a  permanent pavilion at Oregon College of Arts & Crafts campus designed and built by University of Oregon and OCAC students, with the guidance of Anderson Anderson Architecture, in the Fall of 2011.

Project description written by students:

The BurnBox is a 10′ x 20′ wooden object built of 4×4 Doug. Fir posts, 1/2″ threaded rods, nuts and washers.  The wood is finished using the ancient Japanese wood charring technique of shou-sugi-ban.  Shou-sugi-ban preserves the Doug. Fir and created the contrast between the interior and exterior of the structure.

The beaty of the BurnBox is the process of making stacked within it.  Each layer of the structure represents countless hours of labor intertwined with hours of discussion and problem solving.  The BurnBox aesthetically fits with the campus – the charred wood is similar in texture and color to the cedar shingles that side the existing buildings; the scale appropriately addresses the hill that the pavilion is built against.  But, more importantly, the process of making the pavilion is what places it so eloquently and appropriately in the landscape of the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts campus.  The visual imperfections and the handcraft bring the object to life and give it meaning on a campus that truly believes in the art of learning through making.  The joy lies in the imperfections the scattering of holes that were drilled too large, the gaps between the floor deck that are slightly wider than the others.  Is is the flaws that make some of the best experiences from the six weeks spent crafting the BurnBox.

Project presentation can be viewed here:

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