Hall of 100 Hands

Christophe Dembinski, London, 2015

 

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  • South Facing Bay Elevation    
  • South elevation panoramic    
  • West elevation during the Fire Feast - Sampling the roasted veg     
  • The Skip Garden Fire Feast in full swing    
  • North facade during the Skip Garden Fire Feast    
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  • One of many self build workshops with a group of volunteers    
  • Preparing the way for the recycled scaffolding board frames with another volunteer session    
  • Construction pauses for a summer party    
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A design and self-build greenhouse, workshop and event space for the King's Cross Skip Garden

The rammed earth ‘Hall of 100 Hands’ is a third year design and build project in King's Cross, London.

It is a greenhouse, workshop, and an event space that responds specifically to the values of the Skip Garden and celebrates the activities that surround and embody it such as education through hands-on workshops for young and old, catering events, outreach programmes, recycling and organic farming.

This building engages with a broad network of stakeholders. From the client to developers and contractors (to harness their waste materials: clay, waste aggregate, scaffold boards), consultants and groups of volunteers who have travelled from each corner of the UK to help build and learn. In this sense, it is a building of the moment - only possible because of the resources available at that time on King’s Cross, and the network of people who helped.

The result is not only a passive solar greenhouse made with unstabilised rammed earth and used scaffold boards, but a community that has grown through participation.

Data

  • Begun: May 2015
  • Completed: Aug 2015
  • Floor area: 27m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £4,500
  • Tender date: Sep 2014
  • Address: Global Generation's Skip Garden, Tapper Walk, King's Cross, London, N1C 4AQ, United Kingdom

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