2017 - on going
SHEDx is a community engagement programme initiated by a community interest company The Community Brain in Kingston. Hayatsu Architects have been working with The Community Brain since 2017, together with postgraduate architecture students from Kingston School of Art with the co-tutor Jim Reed.
Based on the notion of the university as a centre for productions and incubator of new ideas, we have been building a series of ‘sheds’ in order to establish a strong relationship between the school and its local community, and making architecture as a social act.
Heritage Shed is a flat-pack exhibition space which promotes allotment culture around the UK. It is an exact replica of a crooked existing shed in Tolworth Allotment, and plays oral recordings of local gardeners. It travelled to various places in London during summer 2018, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Hampton Court Flower Show, and the Garden Museum in Lambeth.
Surbiton Yatai is a festival float designed to appear during the annual community-led event Seething Festival in Surbiton. Inspired by Japanese traditional festival floats, it consists of a large, heavy, and wheeled structure which requires a lot of people to pull it. Recycled milk bottles hung on the exterior of the structure contain wild flowers and herbs. Seed bombs were given away during the festival in order to promote the idea of good growth.
Green Shed is a fleet of four garden ‘pods’ carrying gardening tools, soil and plants, towed behind bicycles to enable various community planting events which take place in Tolworth. The main structural frames were built by makers Andrew&Sitraka, whilst the walls are clad in cedar shingles individually decorated by school children using locally-sourced clay paint. The paintings are themed around nature and wildlife as well as the children’s dreams for the area.
Most structures were built in the 3D workshop in Kingston School of Art, which acted as a centre of production for the local community, bringing architecture in direct contact with its local users. The project is supported by the Good Growth Fund from GLA and Heritage Lottery Fund, and won Community Engagement in the Planning Process in the London Planning Awards 2019.
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