The Concept and Setting: The Mobile Site is a temporal landscape within a greater landscape. The concept is an investigation into the home been as migratory or nomadic as the body. This is not a Yurt that is built and taken down upon relocation – but an entity that remains intact while it moves, relocating as a whole. It is the idea of a contained (succinct) mobile edifice that is fascinating. The very same plot of land, defined by a boundary now placed on wheels and able to move at will.
The Mobile Site shares many of the same constraints as a ‘static’ site: the boundary, placement of functional elements within the bounding line – that of house, outdoor areas, service courts – all designed to greater enhance the point of living within a fixed point. The advantage is here is the trans-migratory movement of the site – enabling a variance of the surrounding landscape. Here the site is the same as given in the brief – cut out, placed on a skeletal support grid called the Rig and actively enabled by paired second hand tractor tyres mounted to Land Rover chassis at points to ensure even weight distribution and balance. House, earth and trees move to varying positions from a day to day, week to week or yearly cycle. Across these varying plains of vegetation the Mobile Site moves.
Awarded: 2011: Top 15 Finalist Short list for SLANT Landscape Design Competition – Commended
Judges Citation: Some might say that this is not a garden, but I disagree, and I have no doubt that it is worthy of its place on the short-list. I find myself excited by Jonathan’s design and I am really pleased that he has grasped the open nature of this competition and stretched it in the way that he has. Free thinking has given birth to a design which oozes freedom; the competition may have set boundaries to the site, but never to the boundaries of the imagination.
Hugh Ryan / MIDI / MGLDA
Judges: Anthony Paul (UK); Hugh Ryan (IRL); John Brookes MBE (UK)
Design & 3D Imagery: © Jonathan Gibb 2011