Balancing Sandorfalva's Prairie Ecosystem through Rural Geometries Barn

Anabata Media | October 4, 2022

On a stretch of calm thatch meadow in the Sandorfalva area of Hungary, a building seems to reveal the surrounding grass. This is the Rural Geometries Barn, a buffalo enclosure and three small installations around it designed by Paradigma Ariadné. This buffalo cage’s existence is the designer’s ideal to restore a cultural life that the surrounding community has long forgotten.

Balancing Sandorfalva's Prairie Ecosystem through Rural Geometries Barn(Rural Geometries Barn built on a stretch of weed meadow)

When drafting his initial design, Paradigma Ariadné thought about how to build a buffalo cage with conditions around a tread full of reeds. This is one of the challenges when the land that can be used is not so large, and access is very limited. After thinking of the right solution, the team built a 500-meter-long wooden road to the buffalo cage while connecting three small installations that can be used to enjoy the view of the thatched field.

Balancing Sandorfalva's Prairie Ecosystem through Rural Geometries Barn(Three installations to enjoy the view of the thatched field)

When walking down the wooden street, visitors will see how the five volumes slowly emerge with the typical shape of traditional farm buildings. The structure uses wood with simple geometric openings that create iconic decorative carvings. Through this opening, visitors will experience looking at the scenery in all directions, not only looking out but also being able to see inside.

Balancing Sandorfalva's Prairie Ecosystem through Rural Geometries Barn(The structure is built using wood with simple geometric openings)

Given its location in grassland and the wet soil underneath, Paradigma Ariadné first processed the material with the yakisugi method, which is widely used in Japan. This is a wood finishing technique by burning the surface of the wood so that the structure is stronger and more durable.

Balancing Sandorfalva's Prairie Ecosystem through Rural Geometries Barn(Circular seating inside one of the installations)

Balancing Sandorfalva's Prairie Ecosystem through Rural Geometries Barn(At the end of the wooden road the installation is elevated to enjoy the view of the expanse of thatch)

Through the Rural Geometries Barn, Paradigma Ariadné has sought to revive local cultural wisdom. With five wooden structures amidst a stretch of thatch grass and an artificial swamp designed by Mákszem Buffalo Garden, both can restore the ecosystem and welcome hundreds of long-lost species of flora and fauna.

Balancing Sandorfalva's Prairie Ecosystem through Rural Geometries Barn(Buffalo cage)

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