Accumulating Watchtower

Students working on the Accumulating Watchtower set out with a clear ambition: to achieve a view to the sea in four weeks time, without the use of mechanical fasteners, or the aid of scaffolding. Each element used to construct the tower is a final piece of the tower - there is no sacrificial construction.

The eventual form of the tower was not preconceived, arising instead from the process of making. As a result, the tower is neither an ad-hoc accumulation of random elements, an engineered solution to a specific problem, nor a utilitarian way to get from ground to platform. The tower explores a playful and intelligent system of accumulated elements, where the process of making and the beauty of the product are equal in ambition.

Completed: 2012

Students: Omri Menashe, Elizabeth Lawrence, Stephanie Cramer