Friday, 20 February 2015

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

I rarely watch television, but a friend recently recommended a programme called George Clarke's Amazing Spaces on Channel 4 (available on 4OD), and I found it fascinating.

"Architect George Clarke explores the extraordinary world of small builds, where people turn tiny spaces into the most incredible places to live, work and play. He even tries making a few of his own."

One episode features HiveHaus, a new modular building concept developed by Barry Jackson.

The Hivehaus is suitable for a wide variety of environments, and is based on the hexagonal honeycomb structures built by bees. The compact living space is constructed from identically proportioned ‘cells’ that can be joined together by any of their six sides to create a connected cluster or ‘hive’. This system offers a high level of flexibility and enables a bespoke expansion of the house as it grows with the individual users requirements. Each piece has an internal floor area of 9.3m2 and is designed to be used as a specific work/live space. i.e. office, lounge, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom cells all have uniform internal partition walls (with or without pocket doors) that can be added or removed as needed.

Another episode featured a caravan that gets turned into a travelling theatre called The Wonderful World of Mr E. "Filled with weird and wonderful artefacts, the travelling show featuring puppets, music, clowning and story-telling, and entertains children at arts festivals across the country, teaching them about history and popular culture through the interactive props that are in the caravan."

Throughout the second series, George Clarke works on his own project, an ambitious, accessible, multi-functional tree house within the Calvert Trust, an outward bound activities centre for families with disabilities.

The way in which the furniture is contained within the treehouse is incredibly neat and space efficient. This wall panel contains cut out shapes that slot together to form seats, and a pull- down bed.

Opening some of the panels within this wall forms a table, shelving units and another bed.


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