Big Shed Project
Design & Make

Design & Make, working with Diploma Unit 19, has designed the “Big Shed”, a 500m2 enclosure that will accommodate future fabrication, assembly and prototyping activities at Hooke Park. The building is conceived by the students of AA Design & Make and Diploma Unit 19 as an ‘adaptable’ structure. It has large moveable sections that future users will be able reconfigure to form walls (in winter, for wind and rain shelter), doors, or canopies (in summer, for shading, and to allow large components and equipment in and out of the Shed.

The building will be constructed from larch, sourced from Hooke Park and local woodlands. For the primary structure, tree-trunks will be used ‘in-the-round’, thereby retaining their full structural integrity. An ‘ad-hoc’ infill of smaller secondary members will carry the cladding. The intention is that the build team will shape and contribute to the final structural design of the project, which is conceived as a vehicle to encompass the ad hoc, improvised and impromtu.

Each student developed a material-geometric component system, loosely anticipating potential application to the Big Shed brief.The 'solar vessel', designed and built in 4 days: and introduction to full-scale projects at Hooke Park.Elena Gaidar’s early experiments in articulated structures led to a proposition that the Big Shed should be adaptable in its configuration, to maximise its seasonal and functional flexibility. The 'Big Shed' brief was for a 500sqm shelter for workshop activities including prototyping, testing and pre-assembly of building systems. Image: Sam Nelson's study of the continuation of the forest canopy.The Big Shed scheme proposition was of an irregular structure using Hooke Park roundwood. The intent was for that the Shed adapts to environmental and programmatic requirements, through large kinetic openings.Render study of the spatial potential.The scheme was submitted for 'reserved matters' planning approval in April 2011.Full scale segments of the projects primary trusses, and cantilever door openings, were assembled to test different connection and assembly techniques.Prototype of a segment of the operable door. The project will be constructed during summer 2011.