In 2015, we joined forces with Architecture 00. Together, we enjoy collaborating in a shared environment where strategic, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists practice design beyond its traditional borders. 00 work with individuals, governments, corporations and communities to solve problems and anticipate change, and to design successful platforms and places. As a studio it aims to reach beyond the design of objects themselves to the social, economic and environmental systems behind them.
At Sea Mills Primary School Studio Weave designed an intervention for their outdoor space to give safe and engaging access to the school’s pond.
As a starting point Studio Weave began with one of the more curious theories for the etymology of the name Sea Mills. The story is that it came, not from the word sea, but from the word Saye, a type of serge woven fabric made in mills along the water here. Serge is a ‘two-over two-under’ version of a twill weave, which has the characteristic of diagonal lines and is used to make hardy items such as military uniforms and denim jeans.
In our proposal the area around the pond was decked in a serge pattern using standard 2400mm anti-slip grooved, heat-treated, stained spruce. The client had very limited resources, therefore the design minimised complex processes and expensive materials. Using the standard length timbers limited the cuts, and therefore the build cost.
There is a raised area of decking at the gate, which then steps down to the main decked floor. There are three raised sections of deck on the water’s edge which act as benches giving a place to sit and observe the water (the 2400mm bench allows a fully grown adult to stretch out or six children to sit side by side). Away from the water there are two tiers of raised seating, which would allow for small class sessions.
Photography ©Max McClure