Fermata, a pause of unspecified length


Name: Eun Soo Choi

Nationality: South Korea

Institution / Company: Harvard Graduate School of Design


-JOURNAL PICK of Manhattan Wildscraper Competition


Rest is what migratory birds and the people in the city that never sleeps need in common.

‘Fermata’ intends to provide an artificial nest and baths for the migratory birds. As a “sorry” from the city that have posed threat to their lives with its reflective glass towers, it is placed in between the two glass towers, taking advantage of the structures to make space for the birds. 

‘Fermata’ suggests, to the workers watching the birds through the glass walls, that they can always take a rest, ‘a pause of unspecified length.’ It breaks the rigidity of the geometric and temporal rhythm repeated throughout the architecture and the lives of its inhabitants. Here, you can only walk in circles. So contemplate, reflect, only upon yourself. When you have exited the glass box, you know you need it, and wanted – to meditate, to rest.

Take a break from the moral burden of climate change. Dine in the restaurant that sources its ingredients from the vertical farm & food lab right below. Shop from the grocery store on your way home if you will. 


#Coexistence #VerticalFarming #MentalHealth #UrbanPark #PublicSpace

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