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Blind Trust / Gensler

Blind Trust / Gensler

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  • Architects: Gensler
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  100 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Photographs Photographs:  Heywood Chan
  • Lead Architect: Andy Su
  • Partners:Mortenson Construction, CPL Engineering, Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Corona Steel Inc, Precision Iron Works Inc.
  • Budget:$4,750
  • Team Members:Daichi Yamaguchi, Kim Le, Nate Williams, Sebastian Hernandez, Keli Dean, Kaikang Shen, Hong Joon Yang, Amber Fulgham, Erin Osberg, Troy Charlesworth, Dustin Rowland
  • City:Seattle
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Text description provided by the architects. Gensler Seattle recently unveiled ‘Blind Trust’, an interactive exhibit created for the 2018 Seattle Design in Public Festival. Blind Trust challenges visitors to use touch, rather than sight, as their primary means of navigation and interaction with the installation.

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Visitors move through three concentric, rectangular extrusions formed by a rope stretched vertically between frames.  While these tightly knit rope ‘walls’ appear impenetrable and visually homogenous, many of the ropes are actually elastic, allowing a participant to create an opening.

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© Heywood Chan

In order to pass through each successive layer, visitors use their sense of touch to find possible paths.  In the center of the rope forest is a clearing, open to the sky.  This is intended as a moment of reflection for the participant, still visible to the street, but obfuscated by the layers of ropes.

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Sketch 2
Sketch 2
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Address:Occidental Square, 117 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104, United States

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Cite: "Blind Trust / Gensler" 15 Nov 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/905735/blind-trust-gensler> ISSN 0719-8884
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