Reflections; Documenting and 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

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. This luxury low carbon family home is currently being built in the New Forest National Park by Belmore Building.

Documenting Process;

The construction phase is a rarely documented process. 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.

The photos have already become an educational tool, allowing the studio and contractors to analyse the build methods adopted. They have 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.

This photographic record will take on a new purpose once the project is finished and being enjoyed by its owners. Serving as a reminder of the work, care and effort taken to realise the project. A celebration of the ambition of the client the contractor and PAD studio.

One of our core commitments is to, 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.

The ongoing photos series have captured the variety of site. Showing 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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