Milk took part of a local ideas competition by the Art House Foundation to design and potentially build an experimental rooftop structure for a sequence of installations by the Regent’s canal in Haggerston.
For the competition, we researched and aimed to produce ideas to engage with alternative ways of living within the city, new methods for urban dwelling; especially micro homes. The proposal also needed to have an engagement with issues of sustainability.
These are all ideas that Milk look to integrate throughout our projects and topical themes which are becoming increasingly important to design.
We set our concept ideas on the theme of Urban Nests. Nests inspired us to think of building your own home in the rooftops!
We planned to use reclaimed cross-laminated timber and recyclable lightweight plastics to play with transparency and privacy in the sky. The design was led by the nests to be as lightweight as possible, and to be able spread load to sit upon any rooftop in London. We imagine them to self-built pods for a series of activities and able to populate any rooftop.
We created models of our ‘nests' in teams, exploring structural build up, how to ‘feather’ our nests and the essential layout of living in the micro homes. It was great to enter the competition and discuss the other entries, we are looking forward to visiting the winning pavilion!