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Architectural shelters go on show at Wiston Lodge

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November 18 2015

Architectural shelters go on show at Wiston Lodge
Architecture students at Strathclyde University have returned to Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire, to construct an array of seven architectural shelters interspersed throughout the woodland chosen from a total of 60 submissions.

The school’s first year design studio were briefed to build a series of simple shelters capable of shielding two occupants from the elements, each of which was designed and built on-site.

Each project was assigned a team of students to deliver, beginning with a four week design programme to refine the plans before the group headed on-site to camp over for two days whilst their designs were built.

Year one student Hannah Sapherson remarked: “In this project we investigate the architectural notion of ‘shelter’. The ability to create shelter is the simplest manmade response to our environment and one of the most basic of all human needs.”

The course is designed to develop design and teamwork skills as well as presentation techniques.
Rope and timber guide walkers to the heart of this installation
Rope and timber guide walkers to the heart of this installation
Sapherson contributed to this forest-bound fairy light wheel
Sapherson contributed to this forest-bound fairy light wheel

Several teams employed bespoke lighting to bring out the best in their designs
Several teams employed bespoke lighting to bring out the best in their designs
This funnel frames views of the surrounding woodland
This funnel frames views of the surrounding woodland

This loch-side lookout provides space for contemplation
This loch-side lookout provides space for contemplation
This slatted shelter affords a degree of protection from the rain
This slatted shelter affords a degree of protection from the rain

8 Comments

Sir Ano
#1 Posted by Sir Ano on 19 Nov 2015 at 08:24 AM
Some really interesting structures here but do any of them actually provide shelter from the elements?
Graeme
#2 Posted by Graeme on 19 Nov 2015 at 09:22 AM
Some brilliant work again from Derek and the team!
Bonvivant
#3 Posted by Bonvivant on 19 Nov 2015 at 14:15 PM
If the brief really was to shield occupants from the elements and these are the best 7 of 60, I think the staff and students need to get out more. Literally.
Rem Koolbag
#4 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 19 Nov 2015 at 14:29 PM
I am a firm believer in 'learn by doing'

First year students will only have been in the education system since what, September?

I do believe the commenters here are being rather harsh, and rather predictable in their criticism.

Derek Hill
#5 Posted by Derek Hill on 19 Nov 2015 at 20:05 PM
You're absolutely correct Bonvivant, many of these designs do little to offer more than the slightest protection against the Scottish weather - a point not lost on the Year 1 students after two days of outdoor building in driving rain and wind. We now use this project, and those experiences, to discuss with our students the importance of designing within context and of being considerate of the problem set. A greater understanding of the processes of construction, costing, programming, transportation, client engagement, collaboration and hand over are, in the first six weeks of our course, a very welcome bonus. I'd be delighted to show you what we're doing in the Department if you would like to pop by. Perhaps worth noting too that this article was instigated entirely by the student body. Good on them I say.
Ian Ure
#6 Posted by Ian Ure on 20 Nov 2015 at 08:02 AM
#5 - believe me, i am just grateful for some reasoned discussion on these pages.
SR
#7 Posted by SR on 1 Dec 2015 at 14:14 PM
A brilliant start to a Part 1 education and directed by a great education team.

These students are getting a better foundation for learning as doing than most part 1's get a chance at - a great exercise to get the essence of what the architectural process is. Shelter or not it's the process that's important.

Moronic comments as always though which will offer the students a quick foundation in architectural commentary.
Bouddha
#8 Posted by Bouddha on 17 Dec 2015 at 19:06 PM
The brief said the shelter was shielding us from anything we wanted, it could even be from monsters if we wanted. Naturally, we all thought it would be too easy to design a shelter from the weather, which is probably why the designs aren't focused on that issue.

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