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    Mobile Home London kick-starts with a series of workshops in London

    The Finnish Institute in London is excited to be part of Mobile Home London, a design project realised by the architecture students of University of Westminster together with acclaimed architects from Finland and the UK. During the project the students will design and build an environmentally friendly wooden shelter at Lusto Forest Museum in Finland.

    "Mobile Home London will create opportunities for a sustainable and innovative wood construction combining wood building know-how, university collaboration and environmental issues," says the Director of Finnish Institute in London, Pauliina Ståhlberg.

    The project is run by Professor Harry Charrington (University of Westminster) and Finnish architect Sami Rintala (Rintala-Eggertsson Architects) along with Harry Paticas (UK) and Tom Raymont (UK) of Arboreal Architecture, who run Design Studio 3.6 at the University of Westminster. It kick-starts 9 January with a series of workshops spanning over a week in London. The students will have the opportunity to research materials and techniques to develop a wooden shelter for Lusto’s popular Forest Museum in Punkaharju in Finland to be built in May.

    “The workshop method is an experimental, intuitive and intensive way of designing; allowing anything to happen. This is important when trying to find new, unforeseen solutions that focus on environmental issues. It also combines better the head and the hand, drawing and building, physical locality and universal ideas,” says Sami Rintala. “The idea is to study two different situations; one in a forest park in London and another in Finnish wilderness. The students will react to these locations by designing two structures that will be partly pre-fabricated at the Fabrication Laboratory of University of Westminster, partly constructed on sites.” Rintala concludes.

    Mobile Home London continues in May with a 10-day workshop at the Lusto Forest Museum in Finland. The students will build a shelter with a hearth along one of the museum’s wilderness trails in just 8 days.

    The project is an integral part of the architecture studies of the University of Westminster. The processes and the end result will be presented at the university’s graduation show in June. Mobile Home London is also showcased to a professional audience at the Habitare Showroom in Helsinki in September.

    Mobile Home London is part of the largest ever, collaborative project between the Finnish institute’s in Paris, Berlin and Benelux Countries, Mobile Home 2017. It is part of the Finland 100 programme celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence 2017.

Tuesday, 10th January 2017