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in horto ludunt Site Survey Forgotten Spaces

Now overgrown, this forgotten space is to form a new gatehouse, re-instating access to the local country park. And constructed over two storeys with Earthbag walling , timber frame and decking.

 

in horto ludunt Proposal Forgotten Spaces

One of the many routes into the country park was from Cranmer Gardens. This access formed part of a land swap agreement by the local authority and Rhone Poulenc. A gatehouse is proposed. Allowing access to the park but also serves as a ranger and volunteer station. Walls are formed using earthbags and provide mass and thermal insulation . The earthbags are recycled and are made of polypropylene. The walls are then covered with papercrete. This is applied inside and outside. Constructed over two storeys with earthbag walling and timber decking. The structure is held up with lightwells. which bring light into the centre of the building and are planted with olive and fig trees. Foundations are formed from rubble. Most of the build can be carried out by volunteers and semi skilled resources. The building is reminiscent of barrel vaulted early Christian churches. The proposal includes a viewing platform.