Uni students design greenhouse for school

Jiri Loew, Hugh Jones and Cara Massey assess their greenhouse model, which they will build at the University of Tasmania design school this week.  Picture: MARK JESSER
Jiri Loew, Hugh Jones and Cara Massey assess their greenhouse model, which they will build at the University of Tasmania design school this week. Picture: MARK JESSER

AN architecturally designed garden greenhouse will soon be gracing the grounds of one lucky primary school.

Thirteen University of Tasmania students and three interstate students from the architecture, interior design and furniture disciplines have attended a two-week summer school workshop so they could design a greenhouse for Windermere Primary School.

The workshop is connected to MONA’s 24 Carrot Primary School Garden Program, and being held at the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture and Design.

Workshop co-organiser and architect Peter Booth said the students would this week build and fabricate the greenhouse after having designed and consulted with clients last week.

‘‘The project has a very large focus on digital fabrication and timber,’’ Mr Booth said.

‘‘The beauty of the project is that it takes students through the design, permits and construction process.’’

Student Hugh Jones said the client wanted a simple design that could be pre-fabricated at UTAS and trucked down to the southern site.

He said they had also prescribed materials that they had to work with.

‘‘The form we came up with was the easiest way to address the brief,’’ he said.

‘‘It is a simple portable frame structure.

‘‘The materials that were given to us were plywood, laminated veneer lumber and polycarbonate, which is the transparent material.’’