As part of an overall strategy for the sustainable development of Art Farm the reuse of existing materials often involves a radical juxtaposition of new and old forms. The Red Shed is representative of this process and the shared attitude towards objects that emerges from diverse practices at Art Farm. The project is very simple – a repurposed 100-year old farm shed (approximately 10’ x 14’ x 14’ tall) with a “hyper-modern” smooth foam-lined interior. The foam surface wraps most of the interior and is at once floor, wall, seat, bed, lounger and projection surface. We created a tapered slot in the surface to accommodate a video projector and a window. Speakers are located behind the foam along with the projector and all other video equipment (which can be operated by remote controls and accessed from laptops inside via a wifi system). We oriented the projection onto a surface suspended from the roof to encourage a more active and engaged viewing postures. The space challenges users to find their own way to inhabit it - one can sit in an area formed for upright sitting or lie on the soft floor…or find any position in between.
2009 AIA Nebraska Honor Award for Extended Use (Red Shed Video Lounge)
2008 AIA Central States Citation Award (Red Shed Video Lounge)