Reflections; Celebrating the construction process

Published on 21st September 2021 by Ben Simpson-Munro

"The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists." Charles Dickens

We have recently collaborated with Paul Close to celebrate the construction process of our projects. Off the back of National Tradesmen Day we thought it opportune to share some updates from site. We are just over 6 months into the build at Moonstone & Lime, and it is exciting to see the vision already taking shape. Belmore Building are currently constructing this luxury low carbon family home in the New Forest National Park.

Documenting Process;

Rarely documented is the construction phase. In contradiction to the norm we set out to record this process. Paul Close, one of the talented photographers we work with, is attending site and recording the progress. He has and will be taking a series of photographs and short videos to document the process of the build. The professional photos have offered a fantastic resource. Capturing the construction process in a manner usually reserved for the finished building.

However the photos have already become an educational tool, allowing the studio and contractors to analyse the build methods adopted. Also encouraged us to take more pleasure in the build journey. Through them we have learnt to rejoice in the imperfections of the build. Celebrating the tireless work of everyone responsible for bringing the project to life.

Serving as a reminder of the work, care and effort taken to realise the project this photographic record will be a celebration of the ambition of the client, contractor and PAD studio.

Contractors on Site, Photographed by Paul Close
Celebrating the Construction process

We celebrate the process and build enjoyable relationships. Although the role of an architect is serious and we have great responsibility we never feel the design process is a burden, it is something to be enjoyed by us and our clients.

This ongoing photos series captures the variety of site. They show the aspects of site and the working construction process that aren't always observed. The collaborative discussions, the coordination and the rare moments of calm.

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