Outside-in is a shelter created from the waste resulting from the manufacturing and processing of commercial timber products. The operation of making structures from waste is a process critical to the survival of our planet. Waste wood trimmed from logs as they are rough sawn into lumber are again cut and reassembled to form Outside-In’s basic structural unit reusing and diverting material waste upstream for the construction of the secret shelter on the Heritage grounds.
The outside in shelter inverts our usual experience of wood construction as well as our relationship with a tree itself, drawing attention to the full life-cycle of the timber. Inversing the traditional relationship of a typical tree bench where one sits with ones back to a tree, outside-in refocus the viewers attention toward the tree itself creating an intimate space between the viewer and what is being viewed.
In this time of climate change, we must take responsibility of our carbon footprint. According to recent UN reports, there are only two ways to mitigate the affects of climate change. One to reduce the amount of carbon emissions in our environment, the other to remove carbon from our atmosphere. Wood is uniquely the only major building material that is able to do both as is the only material that is renewable. With the manufacturing, construction and occupancy of buildings contributing nearly 38% of global carbon emissions, we must refocus our relationship with wood as a primary building material and this is what the Outside-in attempts to begin through an examination of the relationship between material and structure, industry and nature, waste and reuse.