Market Street is and has been a primary artery channeling the diverse range of users that call San Francisco “home.” This constant range of flows along Market Street creates a fascinating rhythm, never hitting the same beat twice. The rate of travel between users fluctuates vastly, while the overall capacity dramatically shifts throughout the day. Reflecting upon these diverse channels of flow and constant flux as well as the immense potential Market Street has to capitalize on these various chords when they are in harmony, SonoGROTTO attempts to capture a brief and fleeting moment of this melody – a softer, more rhythmic topography in contrast to the grid-like ominous nature of the surrounding streetscape.
sonoGROTTO, creates a space of respite and repose on the busy sidewalk. It is composed of hundreds of cardboard tubes fastened together to create a protected but open space. These tubes are carved to create seats, windows, and an oculus to view the sky. The interior of the tubes are brightly painted to be a contrast to the cardboard exterior, and to highlight, through juxtaposition, the calming experience of the sky. The sculpted void within allows users to peer inside, walk through, sit down, or climb on this moment, and explore the diversity it contains.
Check out our video of the design/build process: https://vimeo.com/190341824