We will design and build an improvised temporary structure, space or object that brings people together and encourages interaction. The challenge is to upcycle all of the 5 tonnes of high quality plywood and timber donated by Hakwood.
This is an ambitious, fast paced, energetic, and collaborative project over one week in October. The structure(s) will be installed outside the Nicholas Grimshaw designed ‘Action Factory’ in Bath, in the riverside space designed to address the local community and the river Avon. Haktion Factory will culminate in a launch event and 24 hour public exhibition. The project will explore the material quality and potential of the upcycled wood.
Using the extensive workshop facilities in the art college, we plan to explore form, structure, material and process in an intensive period of design development and construction. We aim to consider the quality and sensitivity of making and its relationship to the site. Students will work in teams of 6 or 7. The project brings the IMO course community together and connects us to our expanded community. IMO (Idea Material Object) at Bath Spa focuses on the experimental making of things.
The building: The Action Factory was designed by Nicholas Grimshaw for Herman Miller in 1976. It is a recognised as a design icon and will become Bath School of Art and Design’s new home in 2018. The factory was designed around forward-thinking social principles and addressed the local community. The site is located along the river Avon with 8 willow trees sitting alongside, shading a seating area.
Materials: Approx 5 tonnes external grade baltic birch plywood planks, treated pine timber + a small amount of Pink Duoplank. The wood has been gifted by project sponsors Hakwood and was originally used in the Hakfolly installation at Clerkenwell Design Week 2016. The installation was a response to St John’s historic monastery arch and to Hakwood’s factory. In a nod to the original installation our project is a response to our own building and factory.