Workshop 07 / Yurt

Location: The Children’s Garden Nursery, UEL Docklands campus, London E16 2RD

Client: Thais Bishop at The Children’s Garden Nursery, UEL Docklands campus

Facilitators: Michele Roelofsma, Christian Garrecht with Ana Faisca, Danny kaye Duod and Reuben Barker (Unit 7)


DESCRIPTION: fixings and finishing. Students need to ensure that they are realistic in what they can deliver so as to not leave things unfinished on site. Students will also need to commit to material provided and work within the economy of means at the start of the project, while being ambitious with design aspirations and turning the ‘economy of means’ from a perceived difficulty into an architectural merit.

INTRODUCTION: The Children’s Garden Nursery, designed in 2006 by Alan Chandler’s practice Arts Lettres Techniques, has developed the external space of the site imaginatively and with great care. To support the activities of the children and parents the workshop has been commissioned to deliver a Yurt – a traditional Mongolian dwelling of lightweight construction for the garden. Funds for the materials are provided, and the task is to develop within a short timeframe a weather-tight yurt on a ready prepared concrete ground.

To support the workshop, Michele Roelofsma and members of Unit 7 already experienced in construction workshops will develop with the students a set of construction drawings and then to fabricate and assemble the building.

To give a contemporary context to the Yurt, the existing tensile canopy within the garden (designed by students and Buro Happold engineers in 2009) will be taken down and re-machined to learn, with the support of Raphael Lee, how to operate an industrial sewing machine. This skill will be used to fashion the covering of the Yurt.

OUTCOME: Through the making of construction and rod drawings, and learning both woodworking and tailoring/machining skills, the Nursery will have delivered an operational Yurt and renewed canopy/lining to the sand play area.

KEY RISKS TO CONSIDER: The ‘ANNEX 1’ risk assessment is a document that asks you, the team to collaborate in anticipating the activities you are about to engage in, and to develop a strategy to deliver a safe and effective outcome. This is not a chore – it is core – an architect who cannot establish a safe design is not an architect. Complete the risk assessments online as a first draft via the blog and upload for review on the 19th September – as the design progresses, the risk assessment will be revised and uploaded as Revision A latest Thursday 23rd September.

Key risk considerations for  Workshop 7 YURT: Responsibility for


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Brief / Wsp07

Project / Wsp07

RIBA journal / Wsp07

RIBA summary project / Wsp07

Photos / Wsp07

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