b210 is an architecture office with a think tank approach to everyday spatial challenges. We believe that positive change in the built environment is driven by a smart design process where architectural ideas are as important as methods of developing them. We like to design ways of thinking as much as physical spaces.
Installation TOTEM is built for event called Warming Huts – an art and architecture competition on ice in Winnipeg, Canada. The river flowing through the town freezes for couple of months in the winter creating an unique extention to the public space that people take in to use as a walking and skating path. Alongside the path spaces for stopping are created by international artists and architects team selected by an open competition to provide shelter and new experiences in the winter landscape.
Blinding white horizon with snow plummeting into your eyes. The wind is cold and road is long. Suddenly, a towering tower in front of you, forming a point of reference to your journey. A point of recognition and an opportunity to view what is coming and what or who is left behind from a whole new angle.
Project Totem provides an unique experience to climb a tower that is as narrow as the person him- or herself. Totems placed as welcome gates create an abstract space. The aura in-between them link the two together spiritually. The border of space defined by volumes of totems becomes the catalyst for interaction -individuals meet with a glance from up above. It is about the person’s individual journey- an experience being alone 5m above, becoming a collective experience when shared between two climbers – strangers or friends.
Design team: Aet Ader, Mari Hunt, Zane Kalnina, Kadri Klementi, Nele Šverns, Karin Tõugu
Engineer: Egon Kivi
25. septembrist 2013 24. septembrini 2014 aitas OÜ-l b210 põhivara ja rakendustarkvara soetada Ettevõtluse Arendamise Sihtasutuse alustava ettevõtja starditoetuse programm.