Sitooterie II – Light Sculpture in Essex, UK

Sitooterie II / Heatherwick studio / Photo by Rick Guest

Sitooterie II / Heatherwick studio / Photo by Rick Guest

Sitooterie II / Heatherwick studio / Photo by Steve Speller

Sitooterie II / Heatherwick studio / Photo by Steve Speller

The directors of the National Malus (crab-apple) Collection invited Heatherwick Studio to develop the design of a structure called the Sitooterie for their site in Essex. Derived from the Scottish, a ‘sitooterie’ is a small building in which to literally “sit oot”.

The structure is a cube punctured by over 5000 long thin windows that project from all its surfaces and lift it off the ground. The cube, which measures 2.4 x 2.4 metres, is precision-machined from 15mm anodised aluminium and the windows are 18mm square-section aluminium tubes glazed with transparent orange acrylic.

As the long thin windows all point at the exact centre of the cube, it only takes a single light source, located at this central point, to send light through every tube, causing the windows to glow orange. A small number of them also project into the cube to form seating.

Visit: Heatherwick Studio

By |2008-11-10T09:42:29-07:00November 10th, 2008|Architecture, Design|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Wife Hallock November 12, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Let’s see these in person, hubby!

  2. joe November 13, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Sounds good to me!!

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