Ben Laws House
One of the nation’s favorite Grand Designs episodes. Adrian worked with Ben on the Woodland House for about six months in 2002. Cruck frame buildings with a shingle roof have become very popular. The walls can be timber-clad, hempcrete, or lime-plastered straw bale.
Kevin McCloud's Man Made Home
In December 2011, Channel 4 asked Adrian to project-manage Kevin McCloud’s build. The resulting TV show, ‘Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home’, is a four part series for Channel 4. The temporary nature of a building on wheels can in some situations make planning statues a lot simpler. Kevin McCloud collaborated with us during the design process and his passion for design and ecological principals made this an easy partnership. Construction notes for the self-builder can be seen on our blog.
Farms For City Children
Wholewoods started developing the outdoor teaching buildings at Farms For City Children in summer 2016. The big roundhouse is used by children from city schools to learn about nature, farming and story telling. This design features our signature 'Oakey Cokey' reciprocal ring beam. The walls are in filled using a variety of different techniques; cordwood, wattle and dauble, and rendered straw. The eye hole is left open with a shingle cladding. The green roof is looking good. We left it to wild seed which is an on-going experiment. The floor is of pitched bricks in concentric circles.
Toilet and Shower Room
A twin toilet and shower facility at the outdoor learning area of Farms For City Children. We fitted this building with a circular timber clad wall, and a skylight. This design features a fan shaped reciprocal roof which could also be turf rather than tin. The building has three doors is divided into two separate toilets rooms and one central shower under the skylight.
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering Annual design and build project at Westonbirt Arboretum. An annual five day project for 3rd and 4th year Architecture students. We help the students work through the design process and finally guide the actual build. All the wood used is harvested at the arboretum. Over the years Wholewoods have run many educational sessions on natural building for organisations and local groups, including: Oxford Brookes University; Falmouth University; The Green Building Council; BTCV; Eon; London College of Communication; Wateraid; Peter Bedford Housing Association and various City Farms.
London Wildlife Trust
The new outdoor teaching space at Westberry Wetlands site in London. We built this roundhouse for London Wildlife Trust using timber sourced from one of their local sites. During the project we trained volunteers and staff who assisted on the build. This building has since won a design award.
Cleft Oak and Chestnut Bridge
Project nearing completion. Crossing the moat at Farms For City Children our bridge is a sculptural journey in timber. Each upright is carved by a different trainee and all the hand rails are hand carved to follow the natural form. An oak plank walk way sits on a solid oak-trunk beam. All the uprights and rails are cleft chestnut.
Spitalfields City Farm
Project in progress. Our roundwood cruck frame building at Spitalfields is the farms new shop. This build still needs additional funding to complete. Spitalfields City Farm is an amazing oasis for the community near the center of London and the staff are also doing vital out reach work with schools in the area. Please help. http://www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org/ The Spitalfields City Farm shop is being built in stages. The crucks (A frames) where built at our woodyard by people booked on our Roundwood Timber Framing course 5th – 8th Sept 2016. During the second stage we erected the frames and cutt in the additional components on-site. Shingles for the roof have been made on-site by volunteers and corporate groups.
We build large pole barns for agricultural or educational use. An attractive, natural and craftsman made space as an alternative to the ubiquitous steel frame barn. We built this barn using large dimension Larch and Chestnut trees used in the round. Unlike the conventional pole barn we sit the posts on pad stones rather burying them in the ground which means the posts won’t rot. The frames of this barn is shingles but our other pole barns can support mono-pitch roofs. Our pole barns can be timber clad and have the option of a tin or shingle roof. If you’d like to talk to us about building a Pole Barn get in touch.
Brixham Cofe School
We built this roundhouse as an outdoor classroom for the school's forest school sessions. They keep the sides open to the elements and for natural light.
Our first turf roof building. A wattle and daub walled artists studio in a back garden in North London. The walls are lime rendered clay plaster. The floor is a polished natural clay.
Queens School Watford
Our open sided, 'soft top' roundhouse is used as an outdoor classroom for forest school lessons. We took classes of children to help with this project during design and technology sessions. This process really helped all the teachers and pupils take ownership of the space whilst being a great one off opportunity for all.
We built this roundhouse as a frame only and the clients then completed the rest of the build. The space is used for retreats and yoga on a rural small holding in South Cornwall.
Map Room Wales
This interesting turf roof structure is used as a map room and rain shelter at the public foot path entrance point to a private woods in Wales. We built this structure during a natural building event.