Project Lacey Green – Runner Up
Project Lacey Green is concerned with the relationship between design, making and place – seeking to explore ways in which architecture can build capacity within a community. Initiated as Clementine's diploma project at the RCA, the initiative will continue as a long-term collaboration with Grysmdyke Farm, the AA, Webb Yates Engineers, and St John’s School in the Buckinghamshire village of Lacey Green.
Designed to be completed incrementally, phase one encompassed erection of a timber structure on the school grounds (to be used as a music pavilion), while phase two will entail the enclosure of the space as an indoor classroom (to be used for music lessons on a daily basis). As a reciprocal frame, with each member resting on the adjacent one to create an interlocking lattice, the structural design reflects the ethos of collaboration and interdependence within the project as a whole.
The new phase will build upon the relationships established with individuals and businesses within the local community, who have enabled the work so far through the provision of in-kind support and expertise. The design will continue to emerge through workshops with the pupils and teachers at the school, and also in consultation with professionals and specialists.
Through these processes, the project suggests ways in which built structure can become an ongoing framework for social and cultural infrastructure.