Water City Wood Ensemble
Waking Life is an annual music and arts festival held in Crato in the Portalegre District in Portugal. In 2019 Leo Sixsmith, Oli Brenner and I were asked to design and build a structure for the central feature of the festival - the lake. The two main festival sites are on opposite sides of the lake, and there was no way to travel between them but on foot. We sought to provide a playful solution to this in our design, which incorporated one main structure anchored in the centre of the lake and two smaller rafts that acted as ferries to the shore. The small window seat and chimney rafts were designed to be functional both in isolation of the main raft and as a whole ‘house’ when joined. Festival goers were incentivised to work together to operate the pulley system repeatedly assembling and disassembling the house to cross the lake. At night, the structure was locked together and lit to become a lakehouse installation reflected in the water. We designed the slatted woodwork and use of translucent fabric to create a permeable calm space during the day and a lantern effect at night.
Project duration: 5 month design period, 3 week build.
Acknowledgements + thanks: Crew: Alec Temple- Richards, Maya Hope, Ricardo Codacci- Pisanelli, Charlie Bowles + Isla Greenwood
WL: Lucas Standaert, Djuppe Debourse, Louis Vanden Boogaerde + the Mamas