Big Shed – The AA Summer Build

Here’s a pretty amazing project from the Diploma Unit 19 over at the AA.  Designed as a transformable structure, the Big Shed is a design/build project for Hooke Park, in the southwest of England.  Hooke Park is part of the AA, and acts as a space for students to learn ” rural architectures, the crafts of construction, and sustainable timber technologies.”  The Big Shed is part of the expansion of the operations of the park. 

SCHOOL: The Architectural Association
STUDENTS: Diploma Unit 19

Design & Make, working with Diploma Unit 19, has designed the “Big Shed”, a 500m2 enclosure that will accommodate future fabrication, assembly and prototyping activities at Hooke Park. The building is conceived by the students of AA Design & Make and Diploma Unit 19 as an ‘adaptable’ structure. It has large moveable sections that future users will be able reconfigure to form walls (in winter, for wind and rain shelter), doors, or canopies (in summer, for shading, and to allow large components and equipment in and out of the Shed.

The building will be constructed from larch, sourced from Hooke Park and local woodlands. For the primary structure, tree-trunks will be used ‘in-the-round’, thereby retaining their full structural integrity. An ‘ad-hoc’ infill of smaller secondary members will carry the cladding. The intention is that the build team will shape and contribute to the final structural design of the project, which is conceived as a vehicle to encompass the ad hoc, improvised and impromtu.

As of now, the students are currently constructing the project from larch pine found within the Hooke Park forest, and local areas.  According to their website, all trusses have been completed. Although they look small, and almost dainty in the renderings, the use of solid trunks as structure gives the trusses a totally different quality, not seen in the renderings.  It is nice to see, with one concept picture next to a product picture, how renderings don’t tell the whole story.

All text and images via The AA and Big Shed blog.

Check out more info from the project here:
The AA Hooke Park Site
Blog for the Big Shed project


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