Work over the past couple of months has been very different than what we are used to. Shortly after moving to working virtually it was decided that due to COVID-19 our project would be put on hold until it is safe for Rural Studio to resume normal in-person operations. This means that we are wrapping up the work we have done this year and a future team will carry on the process of designing and building a home for Reggie. With this in mind, our team is creating a book that contains our research and design strategies up until this point. Our hope is that the next team will be able to pick up where we left off and be able to provide a home for Reggie in an effective manner.
During the past seven months we have had the unique opportunity of getting to know Reggie through our time spent on site with him. Our book’s goal is to tell the story of both Reggie and the site, including everything we have learned about him and what will help a future team pick up where we left off. In an effort to tell Reggie’s story we are explaining the history of the site, what it currently has to offer, and what possible improvements can be made. Reggie wants to live with the site, so our focus has been to stress the idea that Reggie’s Home should be thought about as, “the site is the house.”
To help explain what the site has to offer and show the research our team has done over the past seven months, the second part of our book is a documentation of site analysis. In an effort to provide information that we hope would be most beneficial for the next team, we asked ourselves two simple questions. What does this site have and need in order to support its occupants and function properly? How can the entire site become the home? This section is mainly focused on what systems are already in place on site and what can be added to improve Reggie’s lifestyle.
Axon showing different soil types on site Waterflow map
We’ll be working the next couple of weeks to finish the rest of the book. It will include our design process and a proposal for the future. We understand that a future team will most create their own design so we hope that through this book they will be able to use the information to move forward in their own way and grow to love Reggie the way we have. We are thankful that we have been able to be a part of his story and are excited to see what the future holds for the next team.
Look out for a link to our finished book in the near future!
Thanks for all the support thus far!