This thesis investigates the role of the material that makes the craft. There is an understanding that craftsmen have a vast amount of knowledge for the materials they work with, often built through an experimental and intuitive exploration gathered through years of trial, error and training. This develops an understanding and feel that resonates a seamless bond between craftsmen and material. The thesis studies material in terms of their properties, both qualitative and quantitative. Material can be used as a stimulus of place provoking memory or emotion. In this case it is a representative of the landscape of North Wales, a terrain rich in material presence.
The architecture allows the material to set the tectonic, in this case the material in question is wood. The project is based in a planted forest in North Wales known as the Carrog Plantation. The programme is a Forest Management and Biodiversity Centre that aims to implement a new forest management style, known as continuous cover forestry and enhance the biodiversity of the plantation. The architecture is seen as a series of found objects within the landscape using only the available tree species in the plantation to craft them.
Material Tectonic – Forest Classroom
Monospecies – Forestry Workshop
Slate and Sycamore – Bardic Chair
Trees to Timber – Sawmill
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Curated By: George Morgan