The North Lodge was designed and built by the 2011-12 MArch Design & Make cohort. The buildings was conceived to house four students in a series of rooms each with a sleeping mezzanine. The building form is the result of a tight wrapping of these spaces and the desire to weave tightly through existing trees at the site. Located at the northern end of the student-living zone within the Hooke Park masterplan, the Lodge aims to provide both privacy and strong visual connection to the surrounding natural landscape.
The building has a primary structural frame of spruce sourced at Hooke Park that was fabricated and assembled using traditional pegged timber-framing techniques. The envelope is highly insulated with blown-in wood fibre, and is heated by its own wood stove and through connection to the campus’s woodchip fuelled district heating system. The cladding is of blacked timber slats.
Currently the building is being used as a 4-bed tutor accommodation and staff office facility.