This egg shaped studio was featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Channel 4. It is located on the river Beaulieu in the UK and is intended for both living in, and studying nature.
The egg, whilst not a mobile unit itself, was built using boat building techniques. This allows it to float on the water and rise and fall along with the tide. It is created entirely from wood, which was carefully bent and curved to form the resulting egg shape.
Whilst I like the exterior of this structure, I find that it is the interior which really inspires me. I love the way that everything converges to the concentric circles at the end, I love the various hues of the wooden panels which curve around, I love the curving beams which draw the eye towards the end, and I love the skylight at the top, which provides an exterior view of nature from the interior of something which is itself very natural.
The construction of this structure is very impressive. It not the most complex design, but it is, as was made clear in the program, a challenging one. This is because of all the curves in the egg. Every piece of wood is curved in one way or another, from the frame to the panels. The result is very impressive, and actually very simplistic, arguably minimalist. Within my own design, I would like to consider the use of paneling which leads the eye like the interior of this egg, as well as making it as clean cut as possible. Although this second idea may be dependant on how the observation tower works with the surroundings, for example it may be necessary for a more messy appearance.