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Case Studies


At Hooke Park a number of the structural solutions are dependent on Epoxy glue - which is both environment and human threatening.

It was decided at the outset that this project would seek to avoid the use of toxic glues and treatments wherever possible.

To this end a study was defined in order to investigate the appropriate response to any projects proposing glues as a part of their structural strategy.

No projects proposed the use of glue so this study developed into a theoretical rather than an applied piece of work.

Hooke Park, Main Workshop
(source: Gaia)

All of the buildings at Hooke Park were developed using resin based solutions to joints.

Scarf Joint
(source: Buro Happold)
A joint developed for the Main Workshop and for Westminster Lodge at Hooke Park, enabling the use of longer lengths of roundpole.
(source: Gaia)
Connection plates such as the one illustrated enable the jointing of poles without the use of glue and, importantly, are de-mountable with all elements re-usable or biodegradable.
Animal Glues
(source: Gaia)
This image simply serves as a reminder that certain animal product based glues may be used with benefit in places where the high performances of the synthetic glues are not required.
Vegetable Glues
(source: Gaia)
As above. The challenge when designing with an ecological perspective is to design such that glues are not required, or, such that the very high strengths of the more hazardous formulations are not required.