International educational platform Hello Wood in Hungary brought together students and architects from over 30 countries to construct 14 amazing structures that explore the architectural potential of timber. In its sixth year, the summer school program helped the teams develop and build structures that tackle a variety of topics, including migrant housing, urban design and vernacular architecture.
Fire Nest references the role fireplaces once played in building communities. As a place around which people gather, cook and share stories, the Fire Nest aims to expand and revive the role of fireplaces by accommodating different functions. Another project called Migrant Hous(ing) by Urban Think-Tank proposes a sprawling, informal wooden structure as a housing strategy for migrants. Community-driven and open to incremental upgrading, the prefabricated structure can be easily assembled and transported to different locations.
FORA‘s The Bathhouse inverts the contemporary separation between privacy and exposure, and restores the public function of washing in the realm of the collective. Located at the heart of the village, the bathhouse functions as a space where participants can relax after a day spent building their projects. Play with Fire references the traditional Japanese technique of charring wood to extend its lifespan. The elongated structure is one of the camp’s first buildings and aims to contribute to its longevity.
Inventory functions as a membrane where travelers can leave their gadgets and pass through a different world. The light, box-shaped object is reminiscent of the inventory in Moonrise Kingdom of Wes Anderson. Installed next to it is The Thread by Kosmos Architects, a “new kind of wall” that attracts instead of separating. The structure is built in layers according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and functions as a rudimentary shelter. The Parliament, another gathering space which fosters inclusivity and diversity, rethinks the archetypal outdoor amphitheater space. Here people can share food, welcome visitors, and discuss ideas.
“Project Village 2016 is the beginning of a new era for Hello Wood. We are building a rural campus that will be open throughout the year to welcome architects, artists, social scientists, and students. In our brief we asked for projects that address actual needs of the community, from the most mundane and pragmatic ones to the utmost spiritual. We were happy to see responses to these basic functions such as a sanctuary, a storage or a public kitchen, among others,” says Peter Pozsar, one of the founders of Hello Wood.
Lead photo by Photo by Gábor Somoskői