The architecture of forest sounds #wooden #megaphone #estonia

Today, while surfing the net for yet another awesome Internet find to share, we came across a very interesting installation project run by the Interior Architecture Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts: three giant wooden megaphones amplifying the sounds of life within the forest for those who seek respite from civilization and want to feel even closer to nature and its inhabitants.

Nature Unplugged (c) Tönu Tunnel, artun.ee

Nature Unplugged (c) Tönu Tunnel, artun.ee

At the same time, these wooden structures are meant to be a place to rest from the walk or hide from the rain, a venue even for little musical concerts, they are also supposed to inspire educational excursions to learn about the forest.

Little sounds made by little creatures getting big attention (c) Tönu Tunnel, artun.ee

Little sounds made by little creatures getting big attention (c) Tönu Tunnel, artun.ee

These megaphones look like stranded UFOs (c) Tönu Tunnel, artun.ee

These megaphones look like stranded UFOs (c) Tönu Tunnel, artun.ee

„The project started a year ago with a workshop deep in the woods of South Estonia, with Estonian Art Academy interior architecture students trying to define the concept of a forest library with Valdur Mikita. Of all the proposals, the installation of three wooden megaphones by Birgit Õigus was selected.

Students were instructed by designers Tõnis Kalve and Ahti Grünberg from Derelict Furniture and architecture office b210 architects Aet Ader, Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi and Mari Hunt, whose main goal was to get the students to work as a team on an adventurous project, inspiring them to carry their ideas out, even if it takes a little extra effort – they believe design education should always be about testing your ideas in real life and full-scale.“

A magical place for listening in on nature (c) Tönu Tunnel, artun.ee

A magical place for listening in on nature (c) Tönu Tunnel, artun.ee

It’s so weird, we love it. Let’s all go to Võrumaa, Pähni Nature Centre, not far from the Latvian border, and listen for ourselves!

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