“One of our interests is how you can use imprecise materials to make a precise building.”Recalling a fairy tale house, the facility is situated in a picturesque scenery of The National Arboretum. The architects from the British Invisible Studio were commissioned to design two new buildings for the Centre: a Machinery Store and a Welfare Facility for the Tree Team. Putting the staff’s needs at the heart of the project, the designers aimed at creating one space for equipment, allowing workers to save time on having to round up machinery previously situated in different spots across the site.
But the main feature is the material used for the building – due to the Arboretum’s unexploited resource, Invisible Studio decided to use the timber from the location. As a result, all the timber was grown and milled on site, and used untreated for the construction with no further processing. “One of our interests is how you can use imprecise materials to make a precise building, and this is something we have enjoyed with this project, which was constructed with volunteers working alongside a skilled contractor,” note the architects.
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