This self build project was designed closely with the client. Shown under construction the monolithic 3 story timber and hempcrete building houses a textiles workshop, two apartments and and a raised internal courtyard.
The approach to massive construction was based on the carbon sequestering capacity of the materials used – the more mass the more carbon was captured. The building is highly flexible, capable of being occupied as three independent units or as one integrated home-studio.
The sustainable approach to the project was holistic and driven by low embodied carbon and lifecycle analysis. The building is low tech, self-regulating and manually controlled rather than technology driven.
The workshop and apartments were designed to be robust and built by unskilled labour and to celebrate the materials from which it is made creating a richness of character.