| 19 : 30 – 14 November 2018 |
‘Lighthouse’ by Knowhow shop designers Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice is a mobile, micro office and creative workspace based in their backyard.
The 14 sq.m. of office space is made from a series of prefabricated panels sourced from industrial dumpsters to make it easily moved around. Using non conventional techniques and methods, Lighthouse office is an right-angle free design. Based on their experimental design-build methodology, its interiors is lit up during day via a skylight and an expansive front window. Termed as a ‘space showcasing their craft’, Lighthouse office seems like a custom designed piece of furniture with surprising details.
Fabrication space. Photo – © Marisa Vitale
About the Architects –
Knowhow Shop, a Design/Build studio located in the Los Angeles, California neighborhood of Highland Park, was founded in 2010 by Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice. It was started as an extension of their shared interests in traditional crafts, digital fabrication, and a commitment to contemporary architectural design.
View of the design lab cum workshop area. Photo – © Marisa Vitale
Starting initially with small projects and unusual requests Knowhow Shop has built a reputation as a laboratory for material exploration. The lab is a conservatory of both digital and traditional craft, and a community space for strange and imaginative happenings. In their own architecture and design work Justin and Kagan continue to approach projects with a craftsperson’s sensitivity, genuine good humor, and a belief that what they make can redirect the discipline from the hyper-digital to a real-surreal.
Tools used by the designers. Photo © – Marisa Vitale
Project description –
From the Architects –
Lighthouse is a micro-building designed and built like a piece of furniture. We discarded typical details and assemblies in favor of new methods of construction from the ground up. The result is a project designed to test our craft in materials and our perceptions of space. From a door with no right angles, to a custom-made skylight that marries traditional boat building materials with details borrowed from a car sunroof, to shop fabricated and mitered SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) joined with film industry hardware.
Multi faceted micro office. Photo – © Stephen Schauer
Site plan indicating location of workshop and Lighthouse. © Knowhow Shop
This is not a project that we would have been able to hand off to a contractor to execute. So we bypassed the normal methods of architectural production, and relied on the most experimental potential of our design/build model. Lighthouse is an office for our business, a showcase of our craft, and an example of the huge potential within rethinking the way we design and build.
Entrance with a unique door. Photo – © Stephen Schauer
Workspace within the micro office. Photo – © Stephen Schauer
Lighthouse is named to reflect both its construction system: lightweight prefabricated panels that are assembled on site with minimal impact to the environment, and its iconic openings: an oversized and entirely custom door, window, and operable skylight that provide plenty of natural light during the day and project a warm inviting glow at night .
Aerial view of Lighthouse. Photo © – Nephew LA
Without the necessity of a traditional foundation, Lighthouse rests on industrial casters originally designed to support roll-off dumpsters. It can be moved around the shop yard to facilitate material deliveries and flexible outdoor space. We hope that future Lighthouses will become beacons for those searching for smaller sustainable buildings that embrace contemporary architectural design.
Lighthouse – Example of a small sustainable building. Photo – © Stephen Schauer
Project details –
Project Name – Lighthouse
Design Firm – Knowhow Shop | www.knowhowshopla.com
Project location – Highland Park, Los Angeles, California
Lead designers – Kagan Taylor, Justin Rice
Photography Credits –
Aerial photography – © Nephew LA | www.nephew-la.com/
Terrestrial Photographer – © Stephen Schauer | www.stephenschauer.com/
Workshop Photographer – © Marisa Vitale | marisavitalephotography.pixieset.com
Completion Year – July 2017
Built Up Area – 154 sq. ft.
Materials used –
Shop Fabricated SIPs, Concealed Draw Latch, Fiberglass Exterior With AWLGrip Topcoat, Reclaimed Douglas Fir Doors, Windows and Cabinetry