PATCHWORK PLAYHOUSE + LIVING FENCE

SPRING 2009

A community design/build project for Wellspring Family Services, a non-profit providing a range of services to the homeless population of Seattle and King County.

The design/build team prefabricated a 4’0 X 40’0 shed/playhouse and 150 lineal feet of Living Fence and installed them over two weekends at the Family Services building in the Rainier Valley while the building was under construction.

Along with 15 students, two teaching assistants, and one professor, designed and built all structural elements of the shed.  The shed along with fencing was completed on time and within the $15,000 budget.  All participating members of the project rotated between jobs and design, allowing each member to experience fabrication and design equally.  It was a truly collective experience where collaboration between different tasks were common and welcomed.

The purpose of the structure was to provide much needed lockable storage as well as a play structure for the children.  The day care center allowed homeless guardians of the children to look for jobs while having their children in a safe environment.

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