Students from the School of Architecture & Landscape build Woodland Chapel


    Third year students from Studio 3.2 of the School of Architecture & Landscape have completed building a children’s shelter in the ground of local St John’s Primary School.

    This is a part of the studio’s investigation towards construction and economy of means, relating to the yearlong thesis chapel project in the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Skogskyrkogården in southern part of Stockholm, Sweden.

    The shelter is a 1:3 scale interpretation of Woodland Chapel built by Gunner Asplund in 1920, which contains a large dome inside of a simple wooden hipped roof.

    It was a collaborative project with the Primary School, Stanley Picker Gallery, 3D Workshop, Simons Construction Group and Bentall Centre in Kingston. The school children made a papier mache dome by their hands using tissue papers. It was formed onto a 2 m diameter timber formwork made by the architecture students. Stanley Picker Gallery helped the Studio to facilitate the collaboration with the Primary School as part of their wider community engagement programme.

    The shelter was made from recycled materials entirely, with a kind donation from the building site in Bentall Centre in Kingston, as well as using ‘as found’ round poles and tree trunks from the fallen trees in the primary school ground for the columns. The shelter was prefabricated in the University’s 3D Workshop and brought to the school’s ground.


    The shelter will be used for the Primary School’s woodland learning ground, where the school children can learn and experiment with the woodland habitat.

    It is the studio’s on-going research and investigation on the construction and logistics of the timber structure, as well as on the sustainability, which deals with the exploration of recycled materials and collaboration and engagement with the local community.

    The handover of the shelter to the Primary School took place on 28 January 2014 and was attended by staff from the Bentall Centre, Contractor Simons Group, 3D Workshop staff and staff from the Stanley Picker Gallery.

    The project will be featured as part of the University’s stand at Ecobuild, Excel centre, London from 4th March till 6th March 2014.

    Photos by Takeshi Hayatsu, Tutor, Studio 3.2 of the School of Architecture & Landscape

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