Three Dwellings JOANNE PRESTON
Chimney: A Dwelling for Local History Enthusiasts
CHIMNEY DWELLING Batley was once an industrial centre as a result of the invention of shoddy (recycled wool). Now many of the mills have been demolished or become decrepid.
Calmes Wood ‘Tops’, Batley, West Yorkshire
View from Calmes Wood ‘Tops’ 2012
View from Calmes Wood 1813
Shoddy: Recycled Wool
CHIMNEY DWELLING The Chimney Dwelling: A place for Batley Local History Group to meet and share stories, around a fire, about the town’s industrial past. The Group is headed by my Grandmother’s “gentleman friend” and local historian Malcolm Haigh.
Shoddy: Recycled Wool
Historical Images: The Mills were cellebrated in illustrations and gave the Town a sense of identity.
Local Historian: Malcolm Haigh
CHIMNEY DWELLING Sketch Model: Chimney like structure which opens theatrically to become a space for conversation around a fire
Material and mechanical References
Slotted and hinged joints
1:50 Working Sketch Model
CHIMNEY DWELLING The Dwelling will act as a beacon, which when seen from the town, will evoke interest and conversation.
Cultural References: Fire as a beacon Fire at the heart of Community.
Initial Sketch: Tall chimney like structure in hillside
CHIMNEY DWELLING Flexible Facade; Allows for adjustment to controll airflow in varying wind conditions.
As the height decreases, diameter increases. Direct relationship between chimney height and diameter, maintains effective chimney effect.
Translucent material glows with lit fire
1:50 Facade Model
Chocolate : Bathing house to defend the threat of tourism
ALLEPPEY BACKWATERS Kerala, South India
Kettuvallam Houseboat tours are Kerala’s main industry. Tourism provides jobs yet invades privacy and threatens traditional village life.
Houseboat Tours: Kerala’s main Industry
The Intimacy of daily life plays out by the river
Kettuvallam ‘boat made of Knots’
Transporting people and goods Bathing
Washing Clothing & Utensils
“Earlier we used to take bath on both sides of the canal. Now tourists are taking photographs from the boat without our permission and intrude our privacy. Now we are taking bath in the night...”
CHOCOLATE DWELLING Oil powered motors and air conditioning systems from Houseboat Tourism are causing catastophic pllution problems. Wood chips can be used as a means of absorbing oil floating on water. The oil coated chips can then be dried out and burned as fuel
“People don’t want to drink the lake’s water anymore. It tastes of petrol and smells bad. There’s oil floating on the top, even after it is boiled...”
Material Research and Tesing
‘Wood chips dried to a moisture level of less than about 35% by weight will float and absorb oil at a ratio of about one part oil to 3 parts chips. The absorption of oil is especially effective when the wood chips employed have been dried in a hot oil, hot wax or a combination thereof to a moisture content of less than about 20% by weight. The oil or wax in the dried chips prevents water from entering the wood chips and attracts the oil.
Wood Chips are a By-product of the Boat-building Industry
Development Sketch: Floating Shingles
CHOCOLATE DWELLING 1:50 Sketch Model
CHOCOLATE DWELLING Sketch Model: Semi-floating changing and bathing space. Floating shingle cladding absorbs oil to create protective environment for bathing.
Angled Roof for Monsoon Rains
Wall and Floor Connected to Shore
Floating Privacy Screen
Shingle Net Absorbs Oil from Waterâ€™s Surface
Development Sketch: Attaching to the shore
Tree: Pop-up Outdoor Dining Space
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