Unbalanced Bench

An outdoor timber bench designed and built of basic components with exposed junctions.

2011 design & build
In 2012 I moved from a tiny two bedroom semi-detached house in Rondebosch to a big old place in Woodstock. The new house has amoung other comforts, a large double garage. Since there is also plenty of parking space in the driveway, the garage soon became a cluttered, messy studio-cum-workshop and along with my housemate Graham, I developed an interest in furniture design and building. Slowly we acquired the tools we needed and began producing one off pieces of furniture for ourselves and a couple of close friends.
The unbalanced bench started as a sketch on the kitchen table one night in April. From that point, all it took was a few lengths of threaded bar, packs of washers and nuts, and some standard 38x38 batons and I could start work on the real thing. About three week on, some drilling, sawing, routing and grinding later, and the finished product was lying on my front veranda. 
I like to work with simple, standard materials; with plywood, timber battens, galvanised sheet metal, nails and screws and bolts, and try as much as possible to emphasise the connection points. What I love about this sort of design is how quickly a piece can go from idea to finished product, and since I’m doing all the work myself, I need to be aware throughout the design process of how I’m going to be putting the piece together.

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2012
House Botha
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2015
Sparge
A week long charette, or intensive, oblique design exercise in early May 2015.
2014
Goal Line
A large folly which seeks to revitalise a neglected urban park through reimagined spectator sports facilities
2015
Johannesburg Urban Fabric
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2014
Classroom Model
A detailed model of one of the classroom modules from the Randburg College project
2015
Booysens Brew Works Part 1
An experimental co-operative brewery in Booysens Reserve, a small industrial suburb in the South of Johannesburg. This, my M.Arch thesis project is a conceptualisation of the space constructed by the Imagined Community of South Africa's emergent youth culture.
2015
Beer Bricks
A dynamic facade treatment which can be modified throughout the year to allow the desired thermal balance and natural light developed in Grasshopper for the Booysens Brew Works.
2010
A Embaixada do Brasil em Moçambique
A Brazilian embassy for Mozambique, in Maputo.
2015
SMaSH Brewing
Booysens Brew Works programme development and site massing
2010
UKZN Fine Arts Faculty Building
Studios, lecture facilities and study resources for the University of KwaZulu-Natal, PMB campus.
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