Competition: Desert Waypoint for Contemplation and Exhibitions

Montello Foundation is a foundation dedicated to support artists who foster our understanding of nature, its fragility and our need to protect it.

The Montello Foundation intends to build a waypoint, so artists’ interpretations of nature and our interactions with nature may be the starting point for travelers’ contemplations.

When we travel, it is in our nature to seek points of rest, to reorient ourselves. We want to understand the place we are traversing; but we also want to focus our mind on the original purpose of our journey rather than just on the logistics and technicalities of our transportation. Historically these waypoints were of course often created in a spiritual or religious context, recognizing the need to provide a focus for hope. This waypoint should center around the focus on nature, both the wide vistas as well as delicate details.

The purpose of the structure is threefold: 1) House temporary exhibitions, 2) Create a place of rest and contemplation for travelers and the local community, 3) Provide a place to meet and exchange views and perceptions.

The exhibition space will be an enclosed area, approximately 250 sq ft (23 sq m), with natural light and sufficient wall space suitable for mounting flat artworks. As with the mission of the foundation, the proposed structure will convey a conceptual and physical focus on the fragility of nature through exhibited works of art, as well as through its architecture.
The place of rest and contemplation can be either part of the exhibition space, or a separate structure. In either case, it will have a critical relation with the exterior environment, engaging one both physically and intellectually towards the sagebrush and the mountains. Here, as elsewhere in the structure, visitors are engaged in the conceptual theme of nature’s fragility.
Although relatively small in comparison to the expansive of land and sky, the structure will address the relationship of the individual to this landscape, as well as with other visitors. The architecture will attempt to engage the individual with these spaces (both interior and exterior) and as a meeting point in fostering exchanges that may be self-conscious or quite incidental, with other people (present or not) in the thematic concept of nature’s fragility.

Jury members are: Benjamin Aranda of Aranda\Lasch New York, Ali Hocek of ACHA New York and Susanne Wagner of Bauereignis Sütterlin Wagner Berlin

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Cite: "Competition: Desert Waypoint for Contemplation and Exhibitions" 17 Jan 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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