by Ariadna Zierold
A group of interior architecture students have built king-size wooden megaphones deep in the woods in Estonia. It is a large scale acoustic installation that amplifies the sounds of the forest.
Interior Architecture students at the Estonian Academy of Arts have conceived the idea of a forest library near RMK’s Pähni Nature Centre, where the quiet sounds of chirping birds and rustling leaves are amplified to surrounding site visitors.
The installation blends contemporary architectural space and wilderness and is accessible for hikers and nature lovers for free. The objects were placed at such a distance and angle that the sound feed from all the three directions creates a delicate unique sound at the very centre.
The interventions, titled ‘Ruup’, span three meters in diameter, offering those seated and lying within ample space for reading or resting. Additionally, the conical shapes offer potential shelter for a wanderer or modest hiker to spend the night, as well as provide a platform for outdoor classrooms, small-scale cultural events and concerts.