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55/02, Cock Stoor, by Sixteen*(makers) with Stahlbogen, Kielder Water

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Sixteen*(makers) investigate the relationship between nature and artifice with its shelter at Kielder Water & Forest Park

Ex-Bartlett architecture and research group Sixteen*(makers) collaborated with German steel manufacturer and fabricator Stahlbogen to make this dynamic structure. The team has tapped into the strange connection between nature and artifice at Kielder, creating what they call a ‘manufactured architecture [in] a manufactured setting that contributes to the already blurred distinction between the natural and the artificial at Kielder Water’.

The 55/02 shelter is located in a group of tall pines at one of the windiest points on the lakeside - a promontory that has excellent views of the lake to either side. Its steel form creates a series of alcoves, and a large door on runners can be pulled shut or ridden on. The door can also form an open series of seats and windbreaks, or a smaller weatherproof pod.

The structure lends itself to being used as a giant climbing frame, with the curves of the roof, like the underbelly of a jet, providing many a hand-hole for clambering about. Its name leaves no excuse for not being able to find it: ‘55/02’ refers to the latitude and longitude of its location at Cock Stoor (55° 11.30 N, 02° 29.23 W).

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  • looks fantastic, as do all these shelters at Kielder. I live 40 miles away and visit on a regular basis, but if there's one complaint from my point of view...

    I'm in a wheelchair and I can see just from these pics that there is little consideration for people like me. Gravel!! my worst enemy, why not be done with it and put down some sand or better still glue! there's not much chance of me seeing these things in the flesh, shame, could do better.

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  • I would urge you to visit whenever you get a chance, as not only is the setting beautiful, 55/02 is accessible by wheelchair.

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