suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
BuildTank (emma-kate MATTHEWS & wendy teo BOON TING): “The ‘StripHouse’ is designed to wrap and twist around the trunk of a coconut palm tree. The stair treads clamp gently onto the tree trunk to provide an ascending, twisting route into the main enclosure, which sits above ground like a cocoon. The cladding consists of twisted plywood strips which assume a natural curve between their top and bottom restraints and appear to peel away from the trunk in a way which mimics the canopy of the palm leaves above.
The twisting array of plywood strips, wrap the curved geometry of the interior spaces and as they turn, they articulate a continuum between private spaces and stunning views out towards the paradise landscape. The coconut husk canopy nestles between the plywood strips to offer shading and privacy whilst allowing rainwater to permeate the canopy. With subtle changes to the geometry of the strips, the rainwater is guided towards a central water tank which is suspended at head height below the treehouse to provide a water supply on demand without the need to use electric pumps. The design successfully utilises sustainable building techniques and materials, with the aid of digital production. BuildTank have developed parametric tools to shape the building according to behaviours of environmental factors such as water flow, wind direction and sun location.”
sP: What or who influenced this project?
eM & wBT: In this project we were particularly excited about the possibility of combining digital fabrication methods with traditional craftsmanship.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
eM & wBT: Watching the sun rise and listening to a disco play list…
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
eM & wBT: Many of our friends who also recently graduated from the Bartlett are producing some very exciting work at the moment and we really like the work of Heatherwick Studio, Sixteen*(makers), ScanLab, Station House Opera, Achim Menges, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Foster and Partners + many more. . . .
Additional credits and links:
Emma-Kate and Wendy are exhibiting their graduate projects in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Show in London—opening June 4th and running until August 22nd. See their websites (HERE and HERE) for more information and news updates. Thank you to SuckerPUNCH for publishing our project 🙂