Smith

Studio Weave, London, 2014

 

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Smith in St John's Square 

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  • Smith in St John    
  • When not in use for workshops and demonstrations, Smith became a shelter for anyone to use.    
  • A workshop taking place in Smith    
  • Smith was designed to be a temporary resource for local makers, as well as catching the eye of passers-by to learn about the contemporary applications of craft in hands-on workshops.    
  • The fibre-cement panels act as a stress skin    
  • Fibre-cement panels on the facade    
  • Natural light was optimised with the use of north lighting in the saw-tooth roof design    
  • Smith at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014    
  • The pavilion was made using fibre-cement panels, which have strong material properties but are usually only used as exterior cladding.     
  • Smith is orientated towards St John    
  • Smith is made from Equitone fibre-cement panels    
  • Intricate elements were created using water-jet cutting    
  • A workshop taking place in Smith    
  • Site Plan    
  • 1:50 Plan    
  • Section AA    
  • Inlay Key Part 1    
  • Inlay Key Part 2    
  • 1:5 Roof Detail    

Smith is a pavilion and exhibition that showcases the innovative use of tools in making, from historic crafts to contemporary fabrication techniques

Smith was a pavilion and exhibition constructed during Clerkenwell Design Week to celebrate Clerkenwell’s heritage of being home to a diverse range of smiths, including silversmiths, clocksmiths and booksmiths.

Smith was orientated to face the historic St John’s Gate on site, which was once home to a printing press itself.

It was designed to be a temporary resource for local makers, as well as catching the eye of passers-by to learn about the contemporary applications of craft in hands-on workshops.

The pavilion was made using fibre-cement panels, which have strong material properties but are usually only used as exterior cladding.

Smith crafts the material with both traditional and innovative tools to show how it can be used in new ways; it works as a stress-skin, acting structurally with the timber frame. Intricate elements were created using water-jet cutting, which are pieced together on the interior to illustrate Clerkenwell's history of tools and crafts.

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  • Begun: May 2014
  • Completed: May 2014
  • Floor area: 20m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £10,000
  • Address: St John's Square, London, EC1V 4JJ, United Kingdom

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