DATESStart: Monday 28 July, 2014
Finish: Friday 8 August, 2014
London 2014: Casting the Net
Entitled ‘Casting the Net’, this year’s London Summer School utilised the concept of ‘Casting the Net’ in the conceptualisation and construction of a vine pavilion in the car park of Manor House Warehouse – home to a creative community in North London.
For the first time, STORE’s London summer school was met with the challenge of meeting the specific requirements of a client and local community group and the installing what would be a permanent feature on the site.
In the first week students and tutors began to explore hidden spaces within the vast ex-industrial site, whilst perceiving and actively considering the loosely defined boundaries between private and public space. Students were then encouraged to observe the interactions between residents and their relationship with the inhabited spaces. This led to the introduction of ‘the letterbox’ as both a material constraint and as a symbolic reference to ‘networks’ which culminated in the students hand-crafting objects which were posted through the letterboxes of the residents.
This creative intervention and a detailed physical analysis of a dis-used corner of a car park provided the basis on which the final construction was designed and built.
Over a 6 day period, the students responded to the assigned brief and designed a highly ambitious pavilion as part of an improvement strategy to recuperate the car park into a social space for the community. The build included concrete casting – using both rigid and fabric formwork – and also timber framing and tensile structures. The process was one of creative investigations into the techniques of making and the final outcome, a rewarding way of opening up a dialogue with the local community for whom the structure was built.
On the final day of the course and to mark the unveiling of the pavilion, residents were invited to join the students and tutors in celebration – the structure was warmly welcomed by all and is now proudly ‘owned’ and enjoyed by the Manor House Warehouse community.