Borrowed Ground 

The work stems from a tacit understanding of the vernacular of the Purbeck Coast of England. Small inventions in the landscape create a sense of space: small rocks, remnants themselves of quarry waste, are piled to create a wall, which in turn delineates a field. The landscape itself is hardly touched. 

Borrowed Ground adopts a decomissioned stone mine as the site for an event space and supplementary workshop. The research aims to question how little can be done to an existing territory to turn it into an architecture through mediating the geological and temporal morphology of the landscape with small interventions.  

The question of longing is explored through a series of conversations between landscape, jig and occupant. Laminated plywood shells long for the body of their occupant, their curved geometry picking up on the bend of the ticket-seller’s knee or the crook of the comedian’s elbow. In turn, the architecture of the workshop in which these things are fabricated picks up on the negative progeny of these geometries, interspersing them amongst conceptual jigs of mythical caves longing for an estranged wilderness.  

Charcoal Chiaroscuro 

Charcoal, pencil and graphite on paper. 
Sectional drawing using erasure as a tool for spatial invention and discovery.  

Long Section 

Rubber Strap Laminate 

Detail of charcoal drawing showing rubber strap lamination of plywood forms on the external jig surface of the workshop, a second skin weatherproofing the forming ply.  

The DJ and the Ticket Seller 

Laminated plywood troglodytic vessel. Ticket booth by day, at night the inflatable lining is illuminated to guide visitors to a clandestine rave.

Troglodytes and Mythical Caves 

Digital drawing situating troglodytic event vessels and invented jigs within a photogrammetric scan of the existing cave territory and open air forum.  

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