Big Shed

Architectural Association students, Hooke Park, 2012

 

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Timber framed educational facility used as a testing ground for architecture students

Designed as an alternative facility to the universiy's existing workshops the structure provides a new space for students to assemble and test their ideas.

The building with its faceted form has no services and no insulation and its red cedar wood and corrugated metal cladding is not intended to be water watertight.

Cantilevering out, the building's shifting form creates areas of external shelter. A large opening in the east facade reduces its surface area allowing the prevailing winds to pass through, without jeopardising the light weight structures stability.

Its permanent openings are designed to be large enough to allow for sub assemblies to be taken in and out. Large windows to the north offering views to the approach and windows to the west allowing views into the woods.

The timber frame consists of rounded supporting beams for stability and series of rounded trusses to create the undulations of the faceted roof. The aim of the project was to use as little steel in construction as possible.

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  • Begun: 2011
  • Completed: 2012
  • Floor area: 500m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Address: Hooke Park, United Kingdom

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