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Studio 2.1 – 2014/15


Building and Residing

Thomas Goodey & Naomi Shaw

This year Studio 2.1 will be working in Dorset around the Jurassic Coast. The Dorset and East Devon Coast was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, receiving its status for the extraordinary geological features and fossil remains to be found in the landscape. It is an area that has long been famous for quarrying and is the source of both Portland Stone and Purbeck Marble, as well as the ball clays from which
bricks and tiles are manufactured. As is often the case with UNESCO World Heritage sites, the local economy is heavily dependent upon seasonal tourism, with all of its attendant problems, such as second home ownership and un-affordable local housing.

We shall be working with a real client who has recently purchased some dilapidated industrial buildings on one acre of land in the tourist honey pot of Corfe Castle. At present they are used as artists’ and craftsmen’s studios and workshops, our client, himself a stone carver, wishes to leave a legacy of affordable living and working spaces for the local community.

Studio 2.1 pursues a contextual and hands-on approach to architecture and making. We like to understand and re-use what we find in a place, think that making things full size from actual materials is key to architectural inventiveness, and that working, as we shall be, with a low budget is fortuitously linked to an economy of means and rigour of thinking that can lead to clarity of architectural expression. To this end we shall be investigating what we can make with recycled local materials, including the waste materials of
quarrying, and the remains of the existing buildings on site.

The year will be divided into the following projects:

– Studio competition to design a new façade and interior for a ruined small building on our site. The winning scheme will be constructed by the studio at 1:1 and installed in our Dorset site.
– Research into the Jurassic Coast including a full survey and investigation of our site, local materials and methods of making.
– Design of a new community stone carving workshop and teaching space for our Dorset site.
– A study trip to Portugal where we shall visit some of Alvaro Siza’s buildings noted for their inventiveness of construction and contextual awareness.
– Design of a small cluster of affordable houses and wider strategy for our Dorset site.

In addition we intend to spend some days visiting and teaching in some examples of housing projects within travelling distance of Kingston.