Moritz Muller contemplates that fascination with simple geometries like the tetrahedron goes back to the time of Greek philosophy when Plato hypothesised the five platonic solids being the foundation of the classical elements (earth, water, air, fire and ether). The approach to work from the detail back to the initial design, supports his understanding of clever and sustainable architecture.
"In this case there’s a fine line to meet the integrity of its simplicity", Muller says. "Based on four identical triangular sides, the tetrahedron is the first three-dimensional shape to [be created]. The regularity in angle and strength, allows a great flexibility in how to set up and operate the structure. Main and subframes are made of steel to achieve minimal tolerances, while also being lightweight with sharp profile details. The doors and deck land soft on a rubber gasket in the mainframe which also transports water [off the structure]. Infilled with pine cladding that is fire scorched on the exterior, it creates a duality and a warm atmosphere on the inside. Three hanging points are carefully fitted into the [surrounding] Peppermint Trees and pick up the base triangle at its corners, while the doors and deck operate counterweighted via sandbags. Ropes and blocks in the trees create a playful rigging, easy to handle, and can be locked in at any position."
Always keep the good vibes locked in!
Born in Germany, Moritz Muller is a craftsman, artist and architect, living and practising in Australia.