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Project 'exploring the notion of shelter' gets students out of the studio

Students from the University of Strathclyde have designed and built 10 woodland shelters

First year students at the University of Strathclyde were challenged to design simple architectural installations which would provide shelter for two people as part of the school’s Live Build project.

The students worked within their studio producing designs through physical models, with initial concepts evolving without any particular reference to context.

‘The designs considered reclaimed and salvaged materiality, exploring the very nature of the notion of “shelter”’ said year one studio director Derek Hill.

From an initial 67 designs, 10 were selected to be constructed as part of the school’s Live Build programme.

The designs were worked up within the architecture school, with certain elements pre-fabricated in the department’s workshop, before the year group embarked on building them outside.

The site for the Live Build workshop was Wiston Lodge, a 52 acre estate in Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Students were given two days to scavenge for materials and respond to the site context, creating the 10 shelters.

The pieces remain in place at Wiston Lodge, forming a sculpture park, and visitors seeking respite from inclement November weather are encouraged to make use of the creations.

The school are hoping to produce a book and an accompanying exhibition documenting the Live Build project from inception to completion.


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  • I think this looks like a really great scheme to give students early experience of construction and hands on building! A really great way to make architectural education more relevant to today's world!

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