“What do you do when your world starts to fall apart? I go for a walk, and if I’m really lucky I find mushrooms. Mushrooms pull me back into my senses, not just—like flowers—through their riotous colors and smells but because they pop up unexpectedly, reminding me of the good fortune of just happening to be there. Then I know that there are still pleasures amidst the terrors of indeterminacy.” ¹
From the hill on the north side of the lot, between the high trunks of the spruce trees, you get a view of a colorful garden. The garden turns out to be a half-sunken folly: humble and cheerful at the same time. The forest edge gradually slopes into a gentle landscape staircase that gives access to the entrance, nestled in the deepest part of the quirky building.
Three components define the design of the folly: a rammed earth basement, wooden roof construction, and a textile tent dome. The higher, the lighter. The rammed earth floor is located on three levels below ground level and transforms into a ridge that incorporate necessities and functions such as an entrance, bathroom, kitchen, and sofa.
The living garden roof is mainly visible from the surroundings, overgrown with grass-like plants (such as brush grass and sedge) and small-flowered herbs (arnica, stiff eyebright). Since these plants will not survive on the north side, here, the pattern of vegetation will flow smoothly into a thatched roof. The green roof camouflages the building and is an open invitation for insects and other animals.
This garden roof conceals a wooden radial construction supported by revolving wooden columns. The glass between the columns gives a view of the surrounding forest and field. On top of the roof is a cheerful textile tent construction. The tent not only embeds the folly physically, but historically as well. During the First World War, soldiers and refugees used this area as a hidden base, where they lived in all kinds of tent constructions.
1. Tsing, A.L. (2015). Mushrooms at the End of the World: On the Possibilities of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton University Press.
The organic shape of the floor plan fits naturally into the landscape. The shape of the raised forest edge is repeated in the mud back of the folly.