Picalo Cabin / Gerard Dombroski Workshop
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Final yr I constructed a five-meter lengthy metal spoon and traveled the size of the nation photographing it in skate bowls (an train in viewing skate bowls and swimming pools as home ware). Whereas on this journey I went to Driving Creek Railway and Pottery for a working bee throughout which we rebuilt a few wood-fired kilns. After the working bee, DCR invited me to return again for a month-long residency to construct ‘one thing’. The foundations have been that it needed to be produced from what I might discover round DCR and as a result of COVID they’d no cash to spend.
I noticed a beautiful alternative in doing a month of non-commercial work at DCR and it turned out to be fairly the journey: I turned an architectural explorer of types. Ina fairly uniquely kiwi method, the mission concerned discovering and repurposing to create what I feel is a fairly practical but unconventional little hut. I’d say an excellent third of my time was spent foraging for supplies, flattening out-of-use constructions, and giving them a brand new life. I’ve all the time tried to incorporate initiatives that may be accomplished in a brief timeframe inside my architectural observe. These initiatives present a framework for instinctive design strikes and are developed and constructed shortly. To check an thought, to take a danger.
I arrived at DCR on February 2 this yr. On the primary night, I selected a spot for the constructing web site on the hill beneath the kanuka cover and located an outdated metal body whose previous life as a zipline platform was deserted. The metal body gave me my footprint and stair recess. From right here I believed it could be a beautiful expertise to lie below the kanuka cover and watch it sway backwards and forwards and work together with the sky, so virtually instantly the idea to construct a ‘room to view the bushes’ took maintain. The primary view could be straight up the skylight, the second view straight throughout and outwards to the cover with the roof sweeping between the 2 views.
Due to my skate park journey and since the day past I had helped a good friend construct a skateboarding mini ramp, I settled on a decidedly skate park-esque kind for the constructing. I had till February 25 to complete the mission in order that I might get again to Wellington in time for my very own thirtieth celebration on the twenty sixth. I spent the primary few days on the digger, reducing a observe and getting ready pile holes. We had the ground down and concreted in by the fourth day. Over the remaining days, I’d start my morning with a espresso at a restaurant on the town earlier than working till darkish. It was a stupendous time, assembly locals, spending time with the opposite artists in residence and the individuals who got here and handed on outdated supplies.
I feel the end result sits fantastically throughout the Driving Creek setting, each visually and culturally. DCR has a protracted historical past of contributors – Barry Brickle would typically host different artists a few of whom would come to the Coromandel and construct a cabin by which they might keep or work. That is my little contribution to the place.