As part of LIONarchitecture's goal to expand our influece in the Columbus, Ohio market, we recently submitted a project to the AIA Columbus Annual Design Awards. The AIA awards celebrate the best projects of each year - built and unbuilt. We submitted Thoreau's Aperture at Walden Pond for consideration for Best Unbuilt Project 2017. According to the AIA, "The AIA Columbus Chapter's annual Architecture Awards Program recognizes excellence in architectural design by Columbus architects, architectural students and those within the boundaries of the AIA Columbus Chapter."
In honor of Thoreau, we choose to approach this project in narrative form, the characters of this plot are not people, but elements within the landscape. Walden Pond is the most prominent feature in the area; the Walden Shore is the specific elevation of land that delineates the vessel for water to gather; and Thoreau’s Cabin, while no longer standing, is still present with its remaining foundation stones. We asked: what architectural moment can we reveal that embodies Walden and Thoreau without literally replicating the cabin?