LAKE FOREST – Ragdale, the acclaimed artists’ residency in Lake Forest, announced the winning design of the sixth annual Ragdale Ring competition – NOODLE SOUP by Galo Cañzares and Stephanie Sang Delgado.
Amidst a broad field of national and international submissions, the proposal by this young design team from Columbus, Ohio stood out as one of the most original reinterpretations of the Ragdale Ring garden theatre designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912.
Upon learning of their winning entry, Galo Cañizares exclaimed, “We are beyond excited to have the opportunity to realize our design. Having Ragdale’s support means a lot to us as young designers, and we can’t wait to be a part of Ragdale’s upcoming program of events and to promote art and design in various ways during our stay there.”
The concept of NOODLE SOUP emerged from the architects’ intention to empower guests to be engaged as a performer as well as to blend whimsy, playfulness and interaction into a transformable constructed landscape. NOODLE SOUP features a set of fixed structures around which are soft, linear, pliable pieces of furniture. The soft elements can interact with the hard structures to serve functional purposes such as seating, but they can also act as oversized toys, freely configurable in a variety of ways.
The environment will be accompanied by a small web-based app called “Ragdale’s Noodle Soup Cookbook,” which will provide visitors with possible arrangements for the landscape. Noodle Soup will be an interactive playscape, flexible enough for a range of performances, and picturesque enough for it to seamlessly integrate into the scenery of Lake Forest.
Juror Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President of AIA Chicago stated, “NOODLE SOUP is visually engaging and extremely flexible. It will provide infinite staging possibilities that will certainly create moments of magic for Ragdale’s outdoor setting.”
NOODLE SOUP resulted from a collaboration between architects Galo Cañizares, who received a Masters in Architecture from MIT in 2013 and Stephanie Sang Delgado, whose Master of Architecture degree is from the Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University, in Columbus. Cañizares & Sang Delgado will receive a $15,000 production grant to fund the project as well as an 18-day design/build residency at Ragdale for their team from May 28 – June 15. NOODLE SOUP will be in place by Wednesday, June 13 for the first Ring performance, “True Americana” featuring toe-tapping country and folk music and song.
This year’s other finalists are: Earthen Delight (Katie MacDonald, Kyle Schumann, and Erin Pellegrino; Blacksburg, VA), Reflections on the Lawn (Cyrus Penarroyo; Ann Arbor, MI), Phantom (Aleksandr Plotkin; Moscow, Russia), and Iris (Wheeler Kearns Architects; Chicago, IL). Ragdale congratulates each of the finalists and thanks all applicants for their smart, sophisticated, and highly creative proposals.
Here are some previous Ragdale Rings:
Submitted by Ragdale, a nonprofit artists’ retreat located on architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s historic estate in Lake Forest. Ragdale hosts nearly 200 writers and artists each year making it the one of the largest interdisciplinary artist communities in the country.