Stubble Step

2012, 13th International Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy

This installation, designed in collaboration with Ellie Abrons for the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, was a reimagining of a previous project situated in an abandoned house in Detroit Michigan. Countering the slow decay of Detroit's built environment, Stubble Step embraces thickness and abundance, imbuing life through the excessive build-up of common materials. Hundreds of wood members stack and shift to create a stepped landscape, affording opportunities to climb, sit, and socialize. The exterior respects the rectangular volume of the original bedroom, concealing the textural richness of the interior. Upon entry, participants encounter the suggestive, stepped form and an assortment of saturated surfaces. Various material treatments replace the charred, rustic textures of the original home with rich, colorful casings that prod bodily engagement and suggest alternate narratives.

Project Team: Adam Fure, Ellie Abrons, Christina Kull, Emily Kutil, Nick Safley