▣ TYPE: Unbuilt demonstrator
⧇ CLIENT: The Wolves Lane Consortium
▤ KEY MATERIALS: Straw
▦ METHODOLOGY: Co-design / Participatory construction / Bio-regional specification
⧆ TEAM: Paloma Gormley, Margit Kraft, Rain Wu, Maija Viksne, Daniel Hayes, Joy Mulandi, Maelys Garreau and Studio Gil / CONSULTANTS: Oscar Cooper, Will Stanwix, Jon Shanks, EcoInstaller / BUILDERS: Oscar Cooper, Henry Stringer, Simon Keeves, Jack Case, Brian Reid / COLLABORATORS: XCo2, Tisserin, Salus, NTA planning, TOCA
Material Cultures and Studio Gil are working with a consortium of organisations including Ubele and OrganicLea to reimagine the former council plant nursery at Wolves Lane. Rooted in principles of social justice and agroecology the community driven project puts food at the centre of its educational, community, enterprise and wellbeing activities.
The site design has been developed closely with the client in a collaborative process of co-design. The project involves the creation of three new buildings that comprise a community hall, classroom, offices and distribution shed. The buildings frame two new courtyards, one a working yard and the other a generous public garden.
The buildings will go on site in 2023 and are constructed from a system of straw bales and lightweight timber with materials drawn from the bioregion. The construction process has been designed for participation with various scales of engagement from one off volunteering to durational skills training.
Unit 15, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN