“In the middle of the room is a single, natural-form pine timber beam—one metre in circumference—supported on two gently curved posts. Called a “taiko beam” in the Japanese tradition, the beam honours the trees from which the timbers came.”
Project led by: Chris Foraker
Location: Aprovecho, Cottage Grove, OR
Date: August 2011 – July 2012
This project was the main build in Aprovecho’s ‘Sustainable Shelter Series’.
The playhouse is 150 square feet, small enough to avoid costly permits in Oregon. It features a variety of different natural building materials and techniques to both educate and be a model of what is possible.
I had the pleasure of working on this structure for the best part of a year. Spending time at Aprovecho is always a joy, being surrounded by so many varied but inspired people.
The structure, stove, most walls and base floor pour of this build were completed on the seven week Shelter Series. Subsequent plastering and finishing were completed over the fall & spring practicum and times in between where I was work trading.