The Library 2017–
The Library is a part of Wakeford Hall, a multi-layered academic building being developed by our Design + Make students at the centre of the Hooke Park campus. As the primary Studio Tutor for the programme I have been intimately involved in the project’s development – from early design phases, through prototyping and final erection on site. The library’s skeletal structure was developed through iterations of drawing, physical model making and prototyping. Each of its 14 laminated timber frames was shaped using a robot mounted bandsaw developed in-house. Marks of both the processes and tools that produced it remain present in the finished object – from tree growth to digital fabrication.
A second group of students re-invented an existing proposal for the Library’s envelope. A thorough 3D laser scan of the assembled structure allowed us to ensure that design decisions were based on the assembled reality. The library’s skin is developed as a series of prefabricated wood panels carefully arranged against the skeleton’s geometry. Carefully offset from the skeleton, the frame becomes the first item of its collection. The project’s development reflects a continuous back and forth between studio discussions, workshop experiments and discussions with many parties.
With: Francisco Adriasola, Unha Park, Florencia Rodriguez, Aitor Almarez, Veda Barath, Pedro Bran, Kevin Kim, Mariela Reyes, Xin Tu, Martin Self (Programme Director), Jack Draper (Project Manager), Emmanuel Vercruysse, Michael Arnett (Robotics Developer), William Moorwood (Consultant), SummerBuild participants