And lastly an enormous thank you to both my tutors David Grandorge and Ted Swift for the guidance throughout the year."
This is a speculative self-build project for a vacant site at 337-357 Kingsland Road, building on Hackney Council’s Self-Build Challenge. It advocates a shift in housing culture, removing the profit motive and involving users in building their own homes. Simplifying the construction process starts with looking at Walter Segal’s self-build schemes in Lewisham. A hybrid timber frame and service strategy is derived, widening the scope for adaptability. Following the ‘authentic asceticism’ ethos advocated by Pier Vittorio Aureli in his essay ‘Less is Enough’, the project empowers residents to define their own ideals of living. It is led by a team of four – council, self-builders, architect and contractor – with an emphasis on the role of the architect as having a duty of care.
"Francesca’s design for a self-build housing community in Hackney builds on theoretical and empirical research into more self-reliant ways of living. The project is highly resolved in terms of setting out, calibration of space, its use of a ‘lean’ material palette, integration of services, specific examination of construction processes, material and labour costs and the critical path on which it could be built." David Grandorge and Ted Swift
07: Self Build: Furniture, House and Housing with an Emphasis on Timber Construction
Rigorous Simplification: Self-Build