Client: Bioregional Quintain
Award: Second Prize
The smoke hole was a response to the brief set by BioRegional Quintain, the former developer of the Middlehaven harbour area of Middlesbrough. The brief asked for a flexible, timber pavilion that responded to the landscape of Middlehaven – a former industrial waterfront, surrounded by factories and chimneys – many now redundant and awaiting redevelopment as part of the masterplan for the area set out by Will Alsop.
It takes from the tradition of the nomads’ tent; where smoke was used as a means of communicating. The hut becomes a vessel for mixing; bringing together residents, workers, students and visitors. The lightweight timber frame construction uses standard materials from nearby timber yards, and the roof is a kaleidoscopic array of coloured shingles made from recycled lorry-tarpaulin.