Conversation Plinth

COLUMBUS, IN

2016

Public Institutional

Art Installation

A unique installation, Conversation Plinth is a collaboration between IKD, a Boston-based architectural design firm, Bensonwood, SMARTLAM, the first CLT manufacturer in the US, and Clemson University’s Wood Utilization and Design Institute. One of five Exhibit Columbus winners of the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller prize, Conversation Plinth is designed to generate conversation around the use of hardwood cross laminated timbers in US construction. While softwood CLTs have been used in North America in the development of mid-to-high-rise buildings, the hardwood variety has only been available in Europe.

DESIGN|ENGINEERING

IKD
Bensonwood

PROJECT DETAILS

The design for Conversation Plinth takes inspiration from the conversation pit in the Miller House and the plinths that elevate the landmarks immediately surrounding the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library. Large shifting timber discs compose a series of plinths that rise upward towards the west and encourage dynamic circulation around the sculpture, allowing the plaza to be experienced in new ways — even by night, thanks to dramatic lighting.

STRUCTURE DETAILS

Large shifting timber discs compose a series of plinths that rise upward towards the west and encourage dynamic circulation around the sculpture

PHOTOGRAPHY

Hadley Fruits courtesy of IKD

DESIGN|ENGINEERING

ENGINEERING|BUILD

Bensonwood

STRUCTURE DETAILS

Large shifting timber discs compose a series of plinths that rise upward towards the west and encourage dynamic circulation around the sculpture

PROJECT DETAILS

The design for Conversation Plinth takes inspiration from the conversation pit in the Miller House and the plinths that elevate the landmarks immediately surrounding the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library. Large shifting timber discs compose a series of plinths that rise upward towards the west and encourage dynamic circulation around the sculpture, allowing the plaza to be experienced in new ways — even by night, thanks to dramatic lighting.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Hadley Fruits courtesy of IKD

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