The initial Risk Assessment read : ‘fall from height – highly probable’ and ‘catastrophic injuries – likely’. In other words there’s a fair likelihood that people would die. Within this two week course the tutors and participants had to maintain the perception of extreme danger while designing out all actual danger both during the build and for the duration of the dwellings lifespan.
The Dwelling took the form of a round wood space frame hanging from the tallest tree, on the steepest ravine in the remotest part of the forest, hanging from a single rope suspended 15m above a dried up river bed and accessed via 15m long hand-made rope bridge. Participants had no prior technical skills but had plenty of imagination and a keen willingness to design and build a large timber dwelling as part of a team and live to tell the story.
Luke Olsen – Director SummerMake