Forming a cave-like space, the structure features numerous rods made of young and nearly extinct species of trees that tell the story of the planet’s history. These samples include fantastical trees such as Cedar of Lebanon, the Phoenix Palm, and the Methuselah tree. Samples ofsalvaged woodfrom the construction of the Panama Canal Railway from the turn of the century, as well as the remnants of the iconic Atlantic City boardwalk devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, were also included.
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“The hollow interior is an introverted and meditative space where, whether sitting or standing, one finds oneself embraced by history,” say architects Christoph Zeller and Ingrid Moye. “Our design conjoins thousands of wooden blocks of differing sizes to form one immense cosmos of wood producing textures, apertures and stalactites. Openings in the vaulted top let in just enough natural light to create the dappled light effect of a forest canopy.”
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