Camera Obscura
LOCATION / GREENPORT, NY
PHASE / COMPLETED 2005
SIZE / 350 SF

The Camera Obscura (Latin “dark” “room”) is one of four buildings designed for Mitchell Park, a waterfront park for the Village of Greenport on Long Island, New York. Through an optical lens and a mirror, a live image of the Camera’s surroundings is projected down onto a flat, circular table that is raised or lowered to adjust focal depth.  The Camera Obscura was conceived as a research and development project that is small in size but not in scope. The goal was to construct a building entirely from digitally fabricated components. In the past, SHoP had utilized digital fabrication for individual trades, such as laser-cut metal panels or CNC millwork. For the first time, we brought together multiple processes together, to test tolerance and coordination issues.