Timber Probing  

Gaobu 2017

The ojectives centered on tranditonal timber craftsmanship, learning directly from local carpenters. Nine groups were assigned the task of identifying a residual public space within the village and to then propose a timber prototype that would trigger potential new life.

Each team was given same amount of timber to work with, one meter cubed that came in the form of raw China fir logs. After an intense charrette, where students designed the prototype using physical and digital models, the schemes were presented to the three local carpenters to discuss concerning their fabrication, cost and details. Dong carpenters typically do not use drawings to build; their techniques are empirical and based on assimilated knowledge. However, when assembling complex structures sich as drum tower they consult scaled timber models to aid the process. 

The prototype become a reactive design tool, first to guage the existing character of the place and subsequently unfolding the potential of the material. Each design related to a public and social dimension of the site by revealing, linking and awaking vestiges of the residual condition; hidden spaces developed into public platforms, avoided sites were injected with new programmes, areas of intensive labour were supplied with playgrounds to allow the adults to supervise their children, topographical level changes were mitigated with artificial timber landscapes. 


Course Instructor

Prof. Peter W. Ferretto


CHAN Wing Yan

CHAN Chi Hin
CHAN Sze Wing

CHAN Wai Sum

CHOI Sheung Kwan
CHOW Sze Hei

LAM Man Yan
LAM Sun Tak

LAM Chi Kit
TAM Wing Yee

TO Wai Kin
WONG Hoi Kei

WONG Fai Nam