Between Time and Space

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Between Time and Space

July 20, 2011
11:33am
Photo by: Courtesy of David Trubridge

I didn't make the Dream Space with a specific design in mind; I followed basic principles of weight, architecture, and natural form, and this is what developed. About 13 feet in diameter and 7.5 feet high, it's made of thin, weather-resistant pine. Each piece is one long strip, anchored at the base and spread equal distance from the next. The lengths of wood curve like that on their own, supporting each other, and coming together in a way that makes the structure durable. We just guide them with aluminum rivets and brackets. The resulting form is not a dome, it's not a turret.

Because it's neither closed nor open, you have this sense of separation and connection at once.

It's its own shape with its own logic. Because it's neither closed nor open, you have this sense of separation and connection at once. People are stilled as they step inside, like they've entered somewhere quiet. But its functionality is entirely interpretational. You could put couches in, or fit in a small pool. It's nice as a sculpture; several would look like mushrooms sprouting in your yard. It would be lovely trained with vines. There's an optional waterproof over, and in the summer at our New Zealand country house, we use it like a tent, and my children sleep inside. Whatever makes you calm, and however you want to use the Dream Space to get there, just go.—David Trubridge, industrial designer

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Inquire about the Dream Space ($10,000–15,000) at davidtrubridge.com, office@davidtrubridge.com; +64-(0)6-6500-204.

This article was first published in Garden Design July/August 2011