Anderson Walk

Vancouver, Canada

By infusing nature with architecture and design, Anderson Walk brings elements of the outside in, creating a space that is ideal for reflection and imagination. A series of wood feature walls weave their way through the three towers Anderson Walk. A thread is formed throughout this new residential development by incorporating versions of the Shattered and the Alder series. This thread takes you from one piece to the next, from building to building, offering a story that ties in with the history, the heritage, and the nature of the area.

SHATTERED AND ALDER

Wood represents many different avenues, and yet it all directs us back to the tree. The Shattered series and the Alder series both pay tribute to the wood, allowing us to imagine where it came from and what it now represents.

Shattered was my first piece inspired by process. I was anxious to see how I could create random patterns by splitting and assembling different sized and shaped pieces of wood. I also hoped through the physical art of organizing the chaotic pile of wood it would somehow convey the energy required to do so.

What was unexpectedly discovered was the aroma that was released by the fall of the axe. The thud and crack as the wood fibers tore apart. This took me back to when I was a young teenager cutting wood during the summer months on Vancouver Island.

I love the experience of walking in the many forests near my home, never sure of what lies in the shadows in the distance or in the dark spaces between the trees. I’ve often wondered if the mystery suggested these dark spaces and unknown depths is a significant part of what draws us to the natural world.

Alder was a natural choice as a material with which to tell this story of the coastal forest. Western Alder is a pioneer tree. It grows quickly from saplings into dense stands of foliage that contribute to the forest’s shifting play of light and dark.  It also has the unique and crucial ability to fix nitrogen from the air into the soil, preparing fertile ground for other tree species to be reborn.

With the Alder collection we carefully select, hand cut and carve each stem before bundling it into a stack. We then saw horizontally across each stack to create the form of the piece, which appears to be sliced directly out of a section of densely packed forest. The depth of the open space which encircles each stick provides the darkness. My wish is for you to peer into the piece past the surface and imagine yourself walking in a rainforest.

Designer: Polygon Interior Design
Application: Residential Development