SPIRE

2012 - 2013

 

Takeshi built a portable spire with third year architecture studio from Kingston University. This is a replica of Salisbury Cathedral spire at scale 1:5, 9 m long compared to the original stone spire of 45 m. In the void of the load bearing stone walls of the original Salisbury spire, there is a complex medieval timber frame structure supporting the permanent scaffolding platforms, allowing access to on-going maintenance of the stone work from the inside. In this structure the boundary between the idea of temporary and permanent is ambiguous.

 Photo by Phillien Forde

Photo by Phillien Forde

 Photo by Phillien Forde

Photo by Phillien Forde

 Photo by Phillien Forde

Photo by Phillien Forde

This original spire was interpreted; changing the structural principle for the spire to be able to stand up without the outer stone wall. The original frame configuration was respected, and maintained the umbrella-like octagonal structure. By using agricultural fencing material, which was sustainably sourced from Scotland, the appearance of the spire became dense and robust. Simple connection details were developed and the spire can be taken a part into smaller size modules for ease of transport and handling. 

 Photo by Phillien Forde

Photo by Phillien Forde

The studio's investigation focused on how the construction sequence and the constraints surrounding the installation of the structure would influence the design. The studio was also intrested in understanding the human ambition of building a landmark, by testing the raising of the spire. The gigantic wooden festival float at Gion Matsuri festival in Kyoto was the inspiration for the way in which the spire is raised - using a lever pulled with ropes. 

 Photo by Phillien Forde

Photo by Phillien Forde

The spire was constructed primarily for temporary installations, with the view that the structure could be installed in many places, many times. Raising the spire became an event, adapting to each unique situation and condition, celebrating the achievement of the building. 

 

The spire travelled to the Ecobuild event in Docklands on March 2013, and Cressing Temple in Essex on August 2013, participating the FRAME event organised by Carpenters' Fellowship.

Team

Takeshi Hayatsu, Tim Gough

Students

Mahdi Mongabadi, Peter Canelle-Dance, Asrina Miah, Ali Alshenkiti, Stylianos Politis, Mark Mcglynn, Omar Bakr, Phillien Forde, Christopher Kelly, Amanpreet Bhullar, Alexander Trainor, Lewis Denson, Clare Salter, Maryam S Gbum, Ameer Hussain, Rachel J Greenwood, Sofia Katsarou, Line Young, Rana Alsarami, John Kemp, Yukari B Aibe

Collaborators

David Leviatin: London Timber Frame

Sponsors

James Jones & Sons: Sustainable timber supplier

Structural advice

Price & Myers

 

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