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3Novices:Students build giant speaker and human-scale bird’s nest in Studio in the Woods workshops

This movie by photographer Jim Stephenson offers a look behind the scenes at this year’s Studio in the Woods, an annual architecture workshop that invites students to design and build wooden structures in a forest.

This year saw six teams of students experiment with timber construction in the Wyre Forest, in the English county of Worcestershire.

The results include an 18-metre-long cantilevered bridge, a giant speaker that amplifies the sounds of the forest and a human-scale nest.

Studio in the Woods residency by Invisible Studio
This year’s Studio in the Woods saw six teams of students experiment with timber construction in the Wyre Forest

The Studio in the Woods programme is led by Invisible Studio founder Piers Taylor, along with Meredith Bowles of Mole, and fellow architects Gianni Botsford and Kate Darby.

Taylor said the aim of the programme is to bring the act of making into otherwise theory-heavy architecture education, enabling participants to rethink the relationship between designing and making.

“Students never really get to work on the building itself – usually only an approximation of the building as a model or drawing,” he explained. “Working on the actual thing/building itself is completely different.”

Studio in the Woods residency by Invisible Studio
A team led by architects Guan Lee, Hannah Durham and Adam Holloway built a structure around a set of musical instruments

The material palette for the summer residency is always informed by its location, which changes each year.

The programme this year centred around oak, which grows in abundance in the Wyre Forest, but which the local community has little understanding of how to use. As a result, it is largely used as firewood.

Studio in the Woods residency by Invisible Studio
It includes a robotic piano that plays sounds recorded in the woodland through a giant timber speaker

This year 60 international students and architects were split into six groups, who each interpreted the timber in diverse and interesting ways.

A team led by architects Guan Lee, Hannah Durham and Adam Holloway built a structure around a set of musical instruments, which includes a robotic piano that plays sounds recorded in the woodland through a giant timber speaker.

Studio in the Woods residency by Invisible Studio
Shin Egashira and Zoe Berman worked with students to build a human-scale nest using waste timber found on the woodland floor

Shin Egashira and Zoe Berman worked with students to create a structure that takes the form of nest, providing an enclosed space within the forest.

It is made from waste timber found on the woodland floor.

Studio in the Woods residency by Invisible Studio
An 18-metre-long cantilevered bridge was built in the form of a Belfast truss

The 18-metre-long bridge was overseen by Lynton Pepper of Architecture 00, Je Ahn of Studio Weave, Lee Ivett of Baxendale and Tim Lucas.

Made from small sections of oak, it takes the form of a Belfast truss.

Studio in the Woods residency by Invisible Studio
Taylor and Bowles teamed up with Charley Brentnall of Carpenter Oak to crate their structure

Taylor and Bowles teamed up with Charley Brentnall of Carpenter Oak to help students create a “room for a tree”.

Barbara Kaucky and Susanne Tutsch worked on a structure that promotes diversity by channelling sunlight to the forest floor, while Kate Darby and Gianni Botsford led students to build a map of shadows.

Studio in the Woods residency by Invisible Studio
The structure was envisioned as a “room for a tree”

Taylor said that one of the best things about the programme is that it offers an opportunity to test ideas through making at a one-to-one scale.

“It’s the hands-on/tactile experience the students and architects gain in the woods something they can carry on with back in the real world,” said Taylor to Dezeen. “Many gave claimed it changed the course of their thinking and redirected them.”

Studio in the Woods residency by Invisible Studio
All structures created this year will remain in the Wyre Forest for up to 12 months

Studio in the Woods is now part of the Global Free Unit Network, which offers learning outside the framework of conventional academic institutions.

All structures created this year will remain on site for up to 12 months, to allow the local community to come and observe them.

Photography and film are by Jim Stephenson.

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