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Shop Class Rebooted: Students Built This Woodland Retreat

By Dwell @dwell
Studio North 2016

Studio North participants need no prior building experience. Over the course of six days, they create a rural structure. 

Each summer, architecture firm Moskow Linn invites aspiring designers to a 117-acre farm in rural Vermont for Studio North, a six-day building intensive. 

Since its first edition in 2011, projects have included a structure for gathering maple syrup, complete with walls made of useable firewood, and a pavilion made of birch. For their 2015 program, the team created a woodland "glamping" retreat, where future students will one day stay. A wraparound cased opening provides a view of the surrounding forest, while benches bookend a large elevated outdoor deck and fire-pit area. 

Like previous Studio North projects, the structure was built from a few simple ingredients: 2x framing material, galvanized connectors, translucent fiberglass, and materials gathered on site. 

Moscow Linn Architects is currently accepting applications for Studio North 2016, which runs from June 12–18. 

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