Wall framework etc all going up this week. The perimeter platform is ‘scaffolding’ which is made from our timber, and will be used in the build – nothing is wasted, and nor are we having to pay out for scaffolding hire, which can mount up. It will get removed once the walls are complete. The nature of the structure is gradually becoming more evident – it’s a ‘baggy’ secondary structure that sits around and away from the main frame, allowing you to walk between column and wall. Pretty much everything here is being exposed in the finished building – the studs are all visible, as is the silver insulation, and the flooring. I don’t have a big deal particularly about ‘honesty’ in buildings (or maybe I do, but rather, I shy away from the lazy and cod morality that often sits alongside this) but I am interested in how the process of assembly becomes the architecture. I’m interested in how the description of a building is inextricably bound up in it’s tectonic language and method of construction, rather than just an idealised description of space. What isn’t visible, yet, is the areas of transparency – or really how the building sits in the woods.
Kate Darby (co founder of the annual Studio in the Woods) brought her WSA students to the woods at Moonshine recently, for a week long making project which acted as constructed research for their final year long Diploma project. The projects were all made by the students from timber that was grown and milled on site, and each was designed to reveal an aspect of the place.
Hannah Barnsley/ Rob Boltman/ Jonny Campbell/ Jonny Edwards Andy Furzeland/ Anna Humpston/ Ben Ludlow/ Stan Pomian-Srzednicki/ Nicola Smith/ Thomas Woodward with Kate Darby, and support from Tim Gatfield.