In Norse mythology, Ratatosk is the messenger squirrel that runs up and down Yggdrasil, the tree of life. Developed for the “1:1” exhibition at the V&A Museum in London, this project is our way of reliving – and reflecting on – our childhood love of climbing trees – of being one with nature, deep in the woods.
We decided to make a small wooden pavilion that was suitable for children to climb. Pollarded ash trees, with their short, hollow trunks and strong branches, were found to be ideal for this purpose. First, we dug up the trees together with their roots and split them in two. Then, they were scanned and 3D modelled to enable us to digitally manipulate and transform them into a workable design.