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.

The Indlekith, Swindon

Studio Weave have been working with the Woodland Trust and Swindon Borough Council to develop a coherent and engaging narrative for visitors to Stanton Park and Stratton Woods. 

We have sought to tie the natural assets together and foster an imaginative sense of place through storytelling, workshops and the design of landmarks across the two sites.

The neighbouring woodlands have distinct characters that complement each other – one an ancient wood on an old estate, the other a young woodland, converted from farmland – but were always considered separate entities.

Our designs for a series of structures at various scales are physical manifestations of the story of the Indlekith that we’ve written, and include a time-telling tower, a number of thrones, and a half-charred footbridge to an island that’s been out of reach for over 30 years. 

The Indlekith story has been published as an illustrated book and includes a map, which will also be available to download by members of the public visiting the woods. As part of this project, during summer 2013 Studio in the Woods was hosted by Studio Weave at Stanton Park. 

Over five days, five ambitious timber structures were constructed by 60 participants in groups led by award-winning architects, engineers and furniture makers. 

This was the first time the building workshop has taken place on public land, which meant creating durable and structurally sound structures that will stand the test of time through public use. They have also found their way into the story…  

We have created the Indlekith: a story about a community of industrious woodland folk who are busy at work but difficult to spot. 

This is because the Indlekith live very very slowly relative to human time. Because time is so slow for the Indlekith, they and their activities are invisible to the human eye.

To 'see' the civilisation, we humans need to make use of all our senses, particularly smell and hearing. 

The story follows two best friends, Hazel and her toffee-coloured dog Herbert, and how Herbert, with his superior senses of smell and hearing, teaches Hazel how to enter the invisible land upon the request of the Indelkith who need Hazel’s help with a problem.

Within the invisible land of the Indlekith, Hazel and Herbert discover several structures built by the Indlekith as devices for measuring the landscape over long periods of time, as well as a secret island that has been inaccessible to humans and a time-telling tower for working out when Indlekith time and human time most closely align.