Tea House Design Build Antioch

Build Weekend

Tea House Design Build Project, 2012
Antioch College Organic Farm, Yellow Springs OH

On April 14th and 15th, a small collaborative group of professional artists/architects/designers/builders including Rod Northcutt, Charlie Vinz, Jillian Soto and Sara Black led the first part of a design build project with Antioch College students and community members at the newly reopened at Antioch College. The project was focused on the Antioch College Organic Farm. Participants include: current Antioch students Sam Senzek, Maisie Taibbi, Rachael Smith, Nargees Jumahan, Adam Abraham; newly admitted student Gabe Amrhein; and community members Carissa Burkett, Ethan Miller, and Antioch College Farm Director Kat Christen. The design charrette held that weekend led to designs for a newly considered international tea garden and shelter at the farm. The design and plans were developed around the ritual process of building, the event of harvesting, steeping and drinking tea inspired by many cultures, and the importance of ‘water’ on the farm.

Students and community members in Yellow Springs along with the grounds crew at Antioch College took down and salvaged the material from the existing tea house built in the 1970?s, poured footings for the new structure, and pulled up the concrete from the non-functioning pond during the week of May 5th.

On June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, the group leaders, students and community members work to start building the the renewed Tea Shelter. Our work included gathering materials from the area, starting to build a cordwood and mortar wall and beginning to build the overarching structure. Materials included a mix of soft and hard cordwoods from the Glen (as donated by (George Bieri), a local source (as donated by Paul Abendroth), White Oak salvaged from the floor of the previous structure (now the posts and lintels), White Oak donated to the project by Richard Lapedes with the help of Richard Zopf (salvaged from an old Yellow Springs building – floor joists likely), and limestone from the nearby quarry.

The wall will continue to be built over the summer, and the structure and pond will be completed in the fall!

Farm Tour with Kat, Charlie and Rod
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Chicken!
Sensory Scavenger Hunt with Maisie
Sara setting up
Jillian's presentation
Charlie presenting on Design Build
Group discussion in the annex - a.m.
Group discussion in the annex - a.m.
Pondering
Jillian, Charlie and Rod
Rod takes notes
Rachael, Jillian and Maisie
Small Group with Rod, Nargees and Sam
Round Table
Tea garden discussion - p.m.
Pond
Tea Shelter
Pond footprint
Gabe and Jillian
Sketches
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Gabe, Jillian, and Rod
Pondering
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Ideas
"What's that?"
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Projection for sketches
Charlie Sketching
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Christina and Rye
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Wrap up and reflection with ice cream
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Take down
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Gabe and the machete he found under the structure
Sara and Rod digging footers
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Rod Northcutt
Rod leveling
Footings
Dean mixing the concrete
Thomas removing concrete from Pond
Thomas removing concrete from Pond
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Boards donated by Richard Lapedes with the help of Richard Zopf
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Paul Abendroth donating dried cordwood
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Calling around for materials
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Digging the trench!
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The substructure for our wall - 1 foot rubble trench and 1 foot limestone wall
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Sara on the Limestone foundation
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Jillian at the Chainsaw Station
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Nargees and Sam Debarking the Cordwood
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Our cordwood. A mix of Osage Orange, Cherry, Red Elm, Cedar, Walnut, White Pine and More - All from Yellow Springs
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Ethan planing the white oak (floor boards from previous structure)
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Randle, Carissa and Nevin
Carissa and Adam Mixing Mortar - 3 parts Sand, 1 part Hydrated Lime, 1 part Portland Cement, 1 part Sawdust
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Nevin Mercede working on the wall!
Tuck pointing
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Dinner
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Cordwood wall half built!
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Structure with some temporary bracing
Tom and Judy Rose visit the site