Interested in sprucing up your backyard with a guest house, art studio, or meditation pavilion? Then place a bid on LightWall Pavilion, the winner of the first annual ReSpace design competition. Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, N.C., the AIA’s Triangle chapter, and Architecture for Humanity’s Raleigh, N.C. chapter, the contest requested designs for small-scale, transportable projects made from salvaged materials. The jury (including Ellen Weinstein, AIA) chose LightWall as its Grand Prize winner last fall.
Designed by North Carolina State University architecture students Abe Dreschler and Scott Hefner, the 213-square foot multipurpose structure uses wood reclaimed from multiple sources, as well as glass bottles from bars and restaurants in downtown Raleigh. “We wanted to design something simple and very material-oriented,” Hefner says. A team of Habitat volunteers built LightWall, which gets its name from the expanse of glass bottles that turn one of its walls into a colored filter for sunlight.
ReSpace plans another design competition this summer; visit its website for updates. Online bidding for LightWall Pavilion runs through 8pm on June 11. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Habitat's Wake County chapter.