THE HEDGE OF HELLO WOOD
ÁKOS JUHÁSZ, CHARLEY BRENTNALL
Edward Crooks, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Marxreiter Adrienne, Matteo Aricò, Natasa Kitiri, Neal Hitch, Zsófia Varga
TYPE entertainment – theatre
The stage and community space is a central element in every village. The Hedge has the shape of a concertina, and while it creates the illusion of movement, it can be a stage or an agora. Because of its shape, the Hedge embraces those standing in front of it – even if that is not one person but a whole group of musicians or performers. The Hedge has two lines, so the one in the back can also be used as a special backstage. The installation can be folded up and is portable. This is also a way to bring the villagers together, because the cooperation of the whole community is necessary to set up the installation.
Akos Juhasz is a Hungarian architect with a special interest in the creative process and education. His own training includes music, architecture at BME Budapest, TKK Helsiki, Mesteriskola and the University of Bath. Akos's DLA thesis focused on 'light in architecture' which has always been fundamental in his work. The last 11 years of his career he spent working with one of the UK's most successful practices Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios on a wide range of projects. He was involved with Studio-in-the-Woods and has been teaching for 18 years at universities of Budapest, Bath and Cardiff promoting sustainable thinking and learning through making. From this year he is head of architecture at MOME, Budapest.
We are interested in creating a structure that explores design through making in the construction of a big span structure that is un preconceived in terms of its form, and instead used the process of making and the choreography of construction to determine its form and architecture. We are also interested in pushing the boundaries of timber technology, and designing a timber only structure that uses timber-timber connections with small section lightweight members.
We like the idea of ‘accruing’ a structure with small section person size components that begins as a simple structure than gains complexity and thus enclosure with addition of a great deal of separate random pieces that give a range of spaces underneath with a variety of conditions. The form should be improvised, and seats etc could be built in. The structural principle is one of triangulation, and we need to trial a simple and effective joint.