This project supposes a residency program for artists and scientists engaging with knot theory, inspired by the work of knitter and physicist Dr. Elizabeth Matsumoto. Along Big Creek near the Paradise Valley region of Montana, a suite of buildings engages with their natural context to celebrate tensions created by opposing forces and shifting essences. Those tensions become manifest in building materials that embrace changing site conditions, creating kinetic compositions and visual phenomena.
The structures provide shelter while making as little disruption between inhabitant and site, maximizing opportunity for rituals that engender intimacy with weather patterns, and the behavior of various materials at the
site as they encounter one another. These structures demonstrate the potential for architecture to embrace impermanence and indeterminacy, embodying the overlap and interweave that occurs as inhabitants and viewers change angles of observation.
Preliminary explorations of form for the project began with investigating cyanobacteria and its essences, revealing tensions between traits: microscopic/macroscopic, toxic/live giving, primordial/high-tech.