First in the series of an ongoing project of crafting spaces by hand. Hopper Street is treated as an internal joinery project that has been designed and made by the one individual, by hand where possible. All elements have been stripped back to their bare essence and to where the space becomes hero through scale, textures, materials, junctions, light and darkness.
In doing this the focus is about engaging with the space and the individual connecting with the raw concept of what architecture is... the art of building.
The project becomes more about the sculptural aspects and understandings of space and volumes.
In a pastoral field 20km south of Christchurch, nestled around farm out buildings sits quietly by the cattle gate a 4 x 2 Chapel.
The Chapel was sketched and built whilst staying on the farm. The process was the conviction that Architects should be in touch with the project and site, be able to build the object and get their hands dirty.
As the name suggests, the chapel is primarily constructed from 4 x 2 timber, an iconic base building product. The timber forms 2 slated and stacked walls around a black timber framed volume. The black frame takes on the outline of a building that doesn’t exist, representing an absence of built volume. It also reflects the surrounding structures that are found within the farmyard. The lighter timber framed volume takes on a crossed end elevation with a lone-cantilevered black steel pipe bell.