The physical manifestation of architecture is a visual representation of a vast network.
This network includes experts and other collaborators from various fields; building materials and knowledge of how to use them sustainably, while reducing waste; and natural contexts, including the site from which materials are sourced.
The Roots of Craft operates under the pretense that designing well requires knowledge of this complex network, which can only be gained by working with materials and being on site every day.
Therefore, the project seeks to better understand this network — through the specific material of timber.
Part of this journey includes an immersion in the surrounding nature, as the crafting of timber objects and spaces requires intimate knowledge of the forest and the factors affecting it — including tree diseases, lack of maintenance, and changes to the global timber market.
The Roots of Craft culminates with a vision for a future architectural practice which aims to bolster our relationship with local woodlands, emphasises a full cycle of forestry resources, and explores the coexistence between work, life, and leisure.