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Architecture Foundation Tour: Oasis Farm Waterloo
Sat 8 April 2017, 12:00 – 13:00 BST
An overgrown and neglected plot of land on the south side of Westminster Bridge, in the London Borough of Lambeth, is in the process of being transformed into a collective home – and community farm - for a trio of organisations with a shared focus on education: architects Feilden Fowles and the charities Jamie’s Farm and Oasis Hub Waterloo. The two charities were granted a lease for the 1700 sqm site in 2014. Feilden Fowles has been engaged from the outset, masterplanning the whole site, from the design of animal pens and sheltered outdoor classroom, to their new studio on a site which was offered in exchange for their design services.
Designed as a demountable structure, the studio is built of a Douglas fir timber frame, clad with corrugated Onduline bitumen sheets. The materials are redolent of agricultural building forms, reinterpreted for its actual purpose to house a team of emerging architects. The long elevation facing south is articulated by steel T columns and floor-to-ceiling glazing, providing uninterrupted views of the garden. The columns have defined a 1830mm grid, equivalent to 3⁄4 of a plywood sheet, which ensures an efficient use of materials and minimal cuts and wastage. The entire studio has been designed to embody the values of the practice, as a demonstration of a rational, highly articulated and low-cost structure that provides a model typology for contemporary work and education spaces.
The tour is open to Architecture Foundation Members and will be led by Edmund Fowles and Fergus Feilden.