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︎Studio 2, Year 3

Rosie Chalk

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In a world of ever-increasing commercialism and industry, the humble farm is losing its traction and financial feasibility. Self-sufficiency on a small scale is almost impossible, so it's imperative to use any opportunities we have to encourage the formation of these tiny agricultural communities. By purposefully creating small, manageable plots of land and providing an architectural basis for people to develop and build on, self-sufficiency can become an attainable goal once again. In the UK, farms that grow in excess of 8 acres of potatoes every year must sell them commercially, otherwise they can be sold off the door to the local community, and it is this boundary that inspired the original site strategy of dividing the site into 8-acre plots for people to rent. As the 8-acre plots on Bacton Gas Terminal change purposes; from arable land to residence, from residence to nature reserve, the architecture changes too, in the form of a small building on each plot which has the flexibility to adapt without losing its core principles of material and construction. From receiving ample light to ensuring there is a doorway large enough for a tractor, there are specific functional needs for the space to fulfil any purpose, but as time goes on, each structure varies and the coast retreats, there is a need for them to return to nature as habitats and homes for the animals that came before the gas.

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