Heather & Ivan Morison
For Offsite, Plaza was created by Heather and Ivan Morison, a pavilion which hovers between sculpture and architecture.
The walls lean outward towards the street, as if they are falling away from the site. The interior structure is raised above the water, propped up by crossing diagonal supports, and the roof is open to the sky. The walls are made of heavy timber beams, burnt to a dark charcoal using a Japanese technique for preserving and protecting wood from the elements called shou-sugi-ban. The blackened structure evokes a dystopic narrative as if it is built upon the ruins of a desolated city charred by the scorching sun of an apocalyptic future.