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Turrell Skyspace / Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

  • 01:00 - 8 January, 2011
Turrell Skyspace / Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
Turrell Skyspace / Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects, © Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
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From the architect. This project was born of a collaboration with the visual artist James Turrell to create a cylindrical skyspace on a hilltop site at a historic winery in Sonoma, California. The skyspace is an enclosed room which balances natural light from an oculus with a hidden source of artificial light. The constantly changing light and spatial effects challenge the viewer's familiarity with the mechanisms of perception, creating a heightened awareness of the act of seeing.

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The skyspace is 18' in diameter by 35' high, and accommodates twenty people. It incorporates an existing watertower on the lower level and is nestled in a hilltop stand of trees overlooking the Sonoma valley. The elevation of the skyspace to the second story was necessary to bring the oculus above the existing tree canopy, preserving a clear view of the sky while permitting close proximity to the adjacent old-growth oaks and madrones. The tower is clad with Sonoma fieldstone from the vineyard and references the historic construction of the winery, the oldest Pinot Noir vineyard in America. The stonemason who set each lichen-covered stone single-handedly worked on the tower for five continuous months.

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© Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

The skyspace is sited such that it is not immediately perceptible from the distance as an object, but rather as a timeless, enigmatic structure that might be accidentally encountered – half man-made, half natural, integrated into the lightly wooded landscape. It is reached by a winding path from a clearing, and a steep ascent up its crisply abstract cast-concrete stairs. The detailing of the tower, both exterior and interior, was guided by a desire to minimize the evidence of construction and typical cues of human scale. The proportions within the space – the oculus and room diameter, ceiling, bench, and door height – are all guided by the necessary workings of the skyspace as a precise optical device.

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© Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

The curved teak benches at the perimeter of the skyspace were fabricated by a boat-builder, and house a ring of programmable L.E.D. lights in a hidden trough. During the transition from twilight to full night, the lights are programmed to change in intensity as they wash the underside of the canopy, creating a changing perception of sky as space, form, object and void. A high-point of the show occurs at equiluminance, when the brightness of the sky matches that of the ceiling. A different sequence is programmed to reward those who arrive to witness the dawn.

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Bryce · November 21, 2011

This would be an amazing space to experience.

I'm always surprised to read things like, "The stonemason who set each lichen-covered stone single-handedly worked on the tower for five continuous months." Or something like, "The curved teak benches at the perimeter of the skyspace were fabricated by a boat-builder." These statements appear to be written as indicators of craft and detail. However, without crediting the people ultimately responsible for the success of those details, it essentially negates the point of mentioning them in the first place.

To recognize the work should also recognize the people behind it, particularly on a project like this. To do otherwise is to suggest that this amazing structure could have been executed by any number of interchangeable builders, which is unlikely.

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herb · January 11, 2011

same sky space thats in scottsdale arizona. do something new!

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Rachel · January 10, 2011

Is this the same guy that did the Kielder Water Skyspace in the UK? It looks like a very similar form and concept but with out the base level...

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Dennis · January 09, 2011

how long will you have to sit there to "experience" the sky? seems bit pointless really...

Chris · January 09, 2011

Nice, but I think I'd be tempted to climb on top and enjoy that lovely view instead.

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mima · January 09, 2011

great work again from Turrell, but nothing new. What's happening on the lower level?

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Josh · January 09, 2011

Very nice project that doesn't overshadow the work of the artist. It reminds me of a similar installation at the Nasher in Dallas in terms of both material and a similar Turrell skyspace. I'm wondering if the architect for this also did the one at the Nasher.

Turrell's work is great by the way. There is a really great installation of his at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (which also has a few Robert Irwin pieces).

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