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Before our studio begins, we would like you to explore your current understanding of architecture and design by building a tree house model that fits within the constraints of 6" x 6" x 6". We would like you to construct a model that represents a specific design concept of your choosing. Design concept examples are listed below: 

The Escape - Designed to promote adventure and an ideal escape through the experience of the treehouse within its environment. Ex: A Spa in the Trees

The Studio - These are treehouses which are created to promote the visionary work/studies/artistic endeavors of the occupant. This treehouse is a space which allows the person to live fully in their own fantastical world while appreciating the unique environment they are sited in.  Ex: The Writers Nook

The Object - These treehouses are exciting experiments pushing the boundaries of architecture forward. They challenge the idea of what a treehouse has to be by creating striking architecture through pushing the boundaries of structure, space, and material. Ex: The Bridge in the Jungle, The Invisible Treehouse

The Collection - The main purpose is to create spaces which emphasize the interaction with, storage of, and or display of a certain collection. Ex: The Treehouse of Glass Objects

Including restrooms and kitchen space is not necessary. The primary function of the tree house is determined by each designer and may be a residence but it could also be any number of programs. Ex: gallery, playground, tea house, greenhouse, umbrella making shop, studio, library, observatory, etc. 


- Create a study model at LEGO figure scale using Bristol paper. This model is based on complete intuition and the extents of your imagination. Sketch out multiple quick ideas testing out a few potential concepts. Build a model within 45 minutes, capture the essential aspects of the idea. Your 3D model can be supported by drawings and writing. We will discuss our concepts on the first day of studio. 

Creating Your Studio Setup

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Creating Your Studio Setup

For this activity, you will be creating a space where you can work on your robot over the next two weeks. There are two parts to this activity:

Part 1: Space 

  1. To start off, you will need to find a space where you will be able to work, and to clear it off completely. Perhaps you have a desk or table that you can use, or maybe prefer to work on the floor. 
  2. Once you have staked your claim and cleared it off, you may want to clean it as well (either wipe it down, brush it off, etc.)
  3. Take a picture of your work surface to share with the studio 

Part 2: Materials

  1. In addition to the materials we have sent you, collect any other tools you may have or think that you might need.
  2. Organize those materials in your space, for how to organize, you can check out this video on Knolling
  3. Photograph the materials you have knolled to share with the studio


Once you complete this activity, be sure to take at least  (2) photos of your work surface and knolled materials. We will go over how to post documentations into the Response tab when we meet as a studio.