Students Create Sustainable Wind Shelter

7 February 2018

First-year Architecture students have created a sustainable wind shelter for the Mount Hawke Eco-Park.

Students were set the brief to construct an eco-friendly, low-cost structure to provide shelter for fifteen people, innovative in its design and reflective of the mining culture and coastal landscape surrounding it.

Architecture Senior Lecturer, Tom Ebdon states: "The project exemplifies the course's philosophy of 'designing through making' and allows students to learn the hands-on skills and processes, leading to a deeper engagement with architecture and understanding of how to translate ideas from board into reality."

The students worked together on the project, developing design models that the client reviewed and selected, resulting in the final gridshell design. They were then split into groups focusing on separate aspects of the construction process such as project managing, sourcing suitable materials and design of the cladding.

Student Kathleen Hawkins, who worked on the cladding team, explained: "The process of designing the wind shelter was very challenging to all of us, there were a huge number of elements to think about, but they were brought into focus as we were encouraged to think laterally. It was a very innovative and interesting project to work on."

To find out more about the course visit the Architecture webpage.