“Gaman: House of Peace” won runner-up (2nd place) in the 117th running of the John Stewardson competition. This year’s 10 day competition challenged students to design a sanctuary for George Nakishima’s Alter for Peace in Þingvellir Iceland.
While in a Japanese internment camp Nakashima refined his skills by building furniture from scrap materials. After enduring the distress of the camp the Nakashima family found a sponsor and traveled to New Hope, Pennsylvania.
“Gaman” is a Japenese term meaning endurance of the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity, and is commonly translated into English as perseverance, patience or tolerance. In consideration of the way the Nakashima family gracefully endured life in an internment camp, this design creates an architecture that is flexible to a fracturing earth. Where a typical building may fight movement in the earth (cracking and decaying) five spheres may slowly move with the terrain in a peaceful co-existence.