Tower of Words - Tower of Silence


Private commission, Omaru Bay, Waiheke Island.

The striped, corrugated iron-clad tower references the traditional stripes on light houses of the Hauraki Gulf. 
The client commissioning the artwork required a space that could be a tranquil refuge for meditation and a sanctuary where a writer could work.

The tower has two separate spaces with access to the upper space through a floor hatch. The upper tranquil space is five metres in height with horizontal macrocarpa structural ribs notched into the inclined corner posts that form a vertical visual mandala. Two cedar ladders placed on the east and west walls wriggle skywards, avoiding the windows and become both snake and ladder. The lower room is a sparsely functional space opening onto a series of wide and deep recycled hardwood steps that double as outdoor seating.

The tower is solar-powered and is lit with LED lights.

My architect husband, Mike, produced beautiful ‘Leonardo-esque’ detailed working drawings and project-managed the construction of the Tower.

Dimensions: Height 8000mm x Width 4000mm x Depth 4000mm. The Tower tapers.

Materials:Corrugated iron, cedar plywood, salvaged matai flooring, macrocarpa, recycled hardwood. The internal ladders are laminated cedar, the roof is zinc.