Accumulating Watchtower

Students working on the Accumulating Watchtower set out with a clear ambition: to achieve a view to the sea in four weeks time, without the use of mechanical fasteners, or the aid of scaffolding. Each element used to construct the tower is a final piece of the tower - there is no sacrificial construction.

The eventual form of the tower was not preconceived, arising instead from the process of making. As a result, the tower is neither an ad-hoc accumulation of random elements, an engineered solution to a specific problem, nor a utilitarian way to get from ground to platform. The tower explores a playful and intelligent system of accumulated elements, where the process of making and the beauty of the product are equal in ambition.

Elizabeth Lawrence
Omri Menashe
Stephanie Cramer

Martin Self (Programme Director)
Charley Brentnall

Hooke Park Team
Christopher Sadd (Head Forester)
Charlie Corry Wright (Workshop Manager)

Year: 2012