Architecture for Humanity was set up in 1999 to provide design and construction services for communities in need. Four huts were built for Clerkenwell, all made from recycled materials and placed at different locations. Each hut had a different theme, reflecting the spirit and philosophy of Architecture for Humanity: Green Hut, Water Hut, Textile Hut and the Remakery Hut.
Tammy, one of a team of volunteers, was manning the Green Hut which looked so fresh and healthy. Most of the plants had been raised from seed so there was no cheating except for the tomatoes which were bought in as they were very well advanced for the time of year.
I loved the use of an optic to water seedlings as it gave just the right amount of water for a small pot.
The sun had come out by the time I got to the Remakery Hut, constructed entirely of reclaimed doors and window frames. This referred to the Remakery project in Brixton where the plan is to use 200 tonnes of waste materials and produce all kinds of products: furniture, musical instruments, textiles, computers – everything will be re-purposed.
You could draw on the glass as this hirsute portrait shows. It looked really small until I stood inside and matched my features. No photos exist of that bit – shame, it could have been my profile photo.