The Ark-Tower stood twenty-five feet tall at the edge of a farm meadow. One ascended a telescoping ladder to the ark which was shaded by its wood-framed canvas roof. The thick ark walls contained cabinets and a foldaway desk, while a rolling chair awaited at its center.
The Ark-Tower was one of four projects, which together comprised a pastoral building quartet (1983-87). All are no longer extant. Each building was concerned with a specific pair of building archetypes, a specific pair of human activities, and a specific relationship to the earth. As a group, the buildings were unified by their wood construction, their rural setting, and an overall seasonal theme. The quartet buildings were situated on various secluded New England sites. They were open to all who found them. Fabrication was done by the architect with friends and was funded, in part, by a grant from the Graham Foundation.
Keywords: United States, Connecticut, Litchfield County, Lakeville, wood construction, ark, tower, small building. Submitted by Michael Cadwell for ARCH 626.