The Landscope Scoping the Landscape
In July 2011 we were invited back to the wonderful Studio in the Woods, which was held again at New Barn Farm on the Isle of Wight.
We began the three-day workshop with no preconceived ideas other than to build something inhabitable so spent the first morning discussing ideas and roaming the farm to find a nice site.
The seductive top of the hill
In the previous year we scrambled up and down a steep slope in the scorching heat to make the Fire Folly, a 7m tall structure for snuggling around a fire at the top of the hill. This year, we scaled an even higher hill in the driving rain to place a structure on the highest point on the site. Despite the forecast of rain we were seduced by the summit and its sudden, surprising view over the Solent.
Framing the landscape
On the first day, while the weather stayed dry, we built six frames on the ground and approximately set out the front and largest frame towards the view, which turned out to be very wise because the next morning, we could barely see our own hands in front of our faces.
Building (and the rain) begins
The frames were finished on the ground and then, starting from the smallest, put in place.
Kriss carrying over the first of the cladding
As soon as there was anything to clad, part of the team began cladding the west elevation to offer some shelter against the horizontal rain.
Cladding against the wind
By lunchtime, all six frames were standing up, the weather was clearing up, and the team were cheering up.
Six frames in place
After lunch it was cladding…
Nailing on the cladding of off-cuts
Sawing up the off-cuts for cladding
Until the sun finally came out just in time to see the roof finish.
The roof of off-cuts almost there
It was decided some cross bracing was a good idea…
Je putting in some cross bracing
…and then the final touch was a couple of steps at the back to allow littl’uns to climb in.
Shogo fixing the Steps
Then, in the long awaited sunshine, as we danced around with glee…
The team in Height Order
…Ted Cullinan came to visit!
Ted visiting the Landscope
Ted remarked on how the spacing of the frames decreased as their scale increased and at how well constructed the thing was and we were all very pleased. We showed Ted how the Landscope framed the view of the Solent one way…
View through the Landscope towards the Solent
…and last year’s Fire Folly the other;
Last years' Fire Folly framed in the Landscope
…how the structure was clad with the unwanted off-cuts of the other teams’ timbers…
The off-cut cladding
…and how the increasing-decreasing structure distorted the perspective and foreshortened the structure making even us giants look wee.
The Whole Team
With everything done and dusted, the team made their way back down the hill…
The Team heading back down the hill
…leaving the Landscope to settle into its existence…
…atop the highest hill on New Barn Farm.
The Landscope looking out over the Solent
On the way home, we stopped off at the Fire Folly, from which we could just glimpse the Landscope looking the other way…
Weathered Fire Folly with the Landscape in the distance