Envisioning the architecture at Wonderfruit 2018Watch
Sustainable architecture looks to the future by looking at the past and this couldn’t be truer about the design of Wonderfruit 2018. Instead of building fresh from the ground up, our new land is allowing us to return to what’s already there and building around it as well as with it.
We have a lot to learn from termites
Hugely misunderstood, most termites are immensely beneficial to humans and the environment. For starters, they are master architects who build dynamic self-cooling mounds that in human scale would be 1,700 meters high. When combined with their ability to breakdown down dead vegetation, it’s believed that termites are millions of years ahead of humans in terms of sustainability. In what ways can we adapt our daily practices to be more like that of a termite?
Reduce, reuse, recycle:
our structural motto
our structural motto
Our elaborately designed stages were built with sustainable material at their core, from a stage where each piece is carved out of sustainably harvested wood to a stage made completely out of rice as well as the progressive use upcycled plastic and bamboo.
In years to come we aim to be increasingly self-dependent by growing and harvesting some of our own bamboo.
When sustainability and art collide
Innovative artists from all over world are thinking differently and using the sustainable materials that have been made available to them in designing Wonderfruit’s iconic stages, like the Solar Stage which uses a modular panel system so we can move and change it every year.
From Burning Man innovators like Gregg Fleishman and Adam Pollina to renowned British experiential designer Ab Rogers, artists and architects from all over the globe have coalesced in The Fields, found inspiration in every plot of land, every tree and every lake within our site and turned it into the foundation of their designs.
Thai design at our core
At Wonderfruit, Thai culture and design is the at the heart of the way we look at things. This year we’re working with progressive Thai designers who have modernized local traditions and weaved sustainable materials and practices from every corner of Thailand into their work.
Q & A with Ab RogersListen
What was the inspiration behind some of the new architecture we’ll see at Wonderfruit?
The basis of everything is a circle because sound is circular and it travels in a circular way. To master plan a festival, I think a circle is a very interesting form – so everything is based around this. The second element is color, which is this family of reds and comes from the notion that you can’t see green without seeing red in the same way you cannot appreciate noise without silence nor can you appreciate darkness without light. So once we had the circle and we had the color, then a series of organic forms started to appear and finally we added at materials, which are local and sustainable.
How important is sustainability in modern design?
I think sustainability is incredibly important in modern design and to design without sustainability at the heart is irresponsible and potentially stupid.