LAKE FOREST – Ragdale, the acclaimed artists’ residency in Lake Forest, announces the winning design of the fifth annual Ragdale Ring competition. Amidst a field of national and international submissions, T+E+A+M, a young, internationally recognized architectural collaborative based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was selected by jury for their proposal of LIVING PICTURE– a contemporary interpretation of the original Ragdale Ring garden theatre designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912.
The winning T+E+A+M exclaims, “We are thrilled to receive the Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring. In its short history, this competition has produced an exciting series of experimental projects, and we’re honored to join the ranks of past winners. We look forward to our residency, meeting the other fellows, and watching our project come to life through public programming.”
LIVING PICTURE makes a scene.
Historical elements from the original Ragdale Ring appear on lightweight objects stacked and spread throughout the grounds. Blending a historic scene with its contemporary counterpart, LIVING PICTURE recreates Shaw’s 1912 garden stage design as digital imagery nestled among the trees and buildings of the Ragdale grounds. Members of the audience become performers as they weave between the scenic objects and sit on platforms at their base. A taller grouping of objects draws attention toward the stage where the historic imagery merges with the natural surrounding.
Juror Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President of AIA Chicago comments, “Living Picture is visually engaging, drawing references from nature and from postmodern architecture, and extremely flexible. It will provide infinite staging possibilities that will certainly create moments of magic for Ragdale’s outdoor setting.”
T+E+A+M is a collaboration between Thom Moran, Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, and Meredith Miller. They are a collective of four young, internationally-recognized designers with extensive experience in practice and teaching – currently based at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
T+E+A+M will receive a $15,000 production grant to fund the project as well as studio space, room, and board for up to 10 individuals for 18 days from May 22 to June 9. The Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring is sponsored by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, a world-renowned firm headquartered in Chicago which is dedicated to the design of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale.
Additional information is available at http://ragdale.org/residency/ragdale-ring-2017/
Submitted by Ragdale Foundation