I am building an Art Studio with hand tools in a remote alaskan boreal forest location near the arctic circle to research and create art addressing the effects of climate change.
The building is inspired in the Mongolian yurts that nomadic people used for centuries with remarkable success impervious to weather, the celtic round houses from western Europe with wooden posts joined by wattle and daub, and the earth sheltered Athabascan, Iñupiak (dual) (from iñuk ‘person’ – and -piaq ‘real’, i.e., ‘real people’), and Inuit first nations to end with the Sami home construction, Icelandic turf houses and Scandinavian sod roof homes.
Using exclusively recycled materials, fallen trees and standing death wood as well re-using products and waste from the last century manufacturing industrial mass production.
The first building is a wooden yurt with a living roof that will withstand heavy snow loads compression and arctic blizzard winds.
Insulated with natural materials, straw bale, sheep wool and other arctic climate construction technology borrowed from all the cultures that inhabit the seven countries around the arctic circle.
Temperatures in the winter dark months can drop dramatically to -50 – 60 and the warmer days goes by too fast, this project would be accomplished following nature schedule.