On Walden Pond


When moving to Israel I had to leave behind my two cats, Henry and Ralph. They were named for Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson so it was only appropriate that when chosing a famous person for whom to design an apartment as my final project I chose Thoreau

Thoreau is most famous for his time spent at Walden, in a one-room cabin on Emerson’s property. His love of nature, self reliance while valuing friendship and acknowledging his role in society is legendary. Above all, Thoreau is known for his writing. Using those themes and the following quotes, I designed modern day Walden.

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”

“I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.”

My interpretation of the latter quote guided me in designing the space.

Solitude is a place for him to be alone, friendship is a space for him to entertain guests (it is a misconception that he was a recluse during his stay at Walden; quite the contrary, he frequently visited the nearby town and had many visitors who squeeze into the tiny cabin), society as I saw it was remaining true to his love of nature and using materials that are environementally friendly, such as reclaimed wood. I imagine, that in hisĀ  urban Walden he would appreciate simplicity in the design of the space as well as the furnishings.

I am glad to share with you my vision in the form of a plan of what my Walden might look like:


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