Folding Pavilion

mikesmallcombe2 mikesmallcombe3 mikesmallcombe-1Drewsteignton, Devon, UK, 2014.

Dartmoor Arts Project Spatial Structures course.

Dartmoor Arts Project Spatial Structures course runs every July and is one of the only hands on, 1:1 design and build experiences for young architects currently available in the UK. Students get to spend an intense 6 days collaboratively designing and building an inhabitable structure on the edge of Dartmoor using only locally sourced timber under the tuition of professional architects and timber specialists.

2014 marks the 6th year of the project and architect Jerry Tate ( Hoo House, Eden Project) is teaming up with Charley Brentnall ( Charley has recently been managing projects at the AAs Hooke Park). The structure built in 2012 ( Dartmoor Tree House) was entered for AJs Small Projects Awards and caused a bit of a sensation in the architectural press. Jerry Tate is an architect who explores biomimicry in architecture and the treehouse was inspired by a birds nest form. In 2013 students built the ‘Dartmoor Pavilion’ a multi purpose de-mountable pavilion which can be used as a stage, bar, meeting place, exhibition space and more…

Links to video clips of the last three projects can be found at http://www.dartmoorarts.com/courses/spatial-structures.html

The project is part of the Dartmoor Arts Project week long summer school funded by Arts Council England. Over 120 artists & architects come together for a week of creative practice plus a programme of talks by contemporary artists, photographers, writers & thinkers.

Participant Names
Client: Dartmoor Arts project
Architect Jerry Tate
Carpenters Henry Russell and Charley Brentnall
Technician Paul Dove
Students Callum Bolger, Rachel Ara, Megan Ancliffe, Timothy Ekins, Steve Anderson, Ellen Sinclair, Philippa Lewis, Hannah Coombe, Viktorija Chairulina, Sarah Jane Hodge, Chiara Fingland, Jessica Voremberg, Philippa Birch, Shaun McLeod, Stefan Batorijs, Beth Hamer

Research Question: Spatial Structures encourages the development of an architectural agenda through the direct experience of constructing an experimental installation, designed to reveal an aspect of place. Students work together as a group throughout the week, making group decisions, from concept, to design and construction. The entire week is spent working outdoors on site just outside Drewsteignton, dartmoor, Devon in a rural location. A finite amount of locally sourced timber is used for the projects. Students are typically young architects and designers who are at the beginning of their training.


Foundation, Architecture, Days, Undergraduate, Self-funded, Semi-permanent, 11-50, Postgraduate, Commissioned, Design, Extra-curricular, Students with tutor, Sculpture, Dartmoor Arts, Drewsteignton