UK-based architecture practice Invisible Studio built their new offices using unseasoned timber grown in a nearby woodland. Located near the city of Bath, the two-story structure was constructed without the use of skilled labor, with minimal drawings and through improvisation. Its total cost was $25550, including materials and labor.
The timber for the building was milled over the course of two days with just enough to partially clad the exterior of the new studio. Designed on a budget, the footings were mixed by hand and the scaffolding that was built out of timber was later used for the bridge and the floor. The windows were scavenged from a skip and the floor paint used was left over from the a previous project.
The architects used the cheapest possible grade for the boarding and off-cuts of insulation were utilized to thermally isolate the structure. The project is heated by waste wood from the woodland and rainwater is fed into an attenuation pond that forms a natural habitat.
The building doesn’t attempt to conceal the mistakes made during its construction. Instead, these mistakes are celebrated in the building to give it a more rustic feel.