Architecture students from the Estonian Academy of the Arts have built three giant wooden megaphones and placed them in a forest for the public to enjoy.
The megaphones, which have a three-meter wide diameter, are carefully lined up to amplify and merge the natural forest sounds from each direction.
The installation can be used as a bandstand. It can also be used as a sitting and resting area for people walking in the forest. There is no electricity, so the megaphone is purely acoustic and unplugged.
Birgit Õigus came up with the idea, and it was realised with the help of her classmates Mariette Nõmm, Ardo Hiiuväin, Lennart Lind, Mariann Drell, Kertti Soots, Johanna Sepp, Sabine Suuster and Henri Kaarel Luht. The students were guided by designers from Derelict Furniture and architecture office b210.
The megaphone was built in Tallinn and transported to Võrumaa, Pähni Nature Centre for the public to enjoy.
Author Valdur Mikita writes at length about how forests play such a big part in Estonian culture.
He praises the richness of the project, pointing out the design not only helps people notice the sounds of nature but also the silence: “It’s a place to listen, to browse the audible book of nature – there hasn’t really been a place like that in Estonia before.”
Natural sounds are often underrated, and to experience this installation must be an incredible experience. The wooden structure looks so inviting to lay on.
Architecture is at it’s best when it works with nature.
This piece offers all a chance to ‘unplug’ from technology and become recharged again by nature — even if it’s just for a few hours.