Root to Roof - Outdoor Objects for the TBH Patio and Lawn

ARCH 571 | Fall 2016
Studio Instructor: Associate Professor John Stallmeyer
Studio Critic: Fabrication Coordinator, Lowell Miller


This studio was an exploration of detail, structure, fabrication, user needs, and sustainable design in human scale objects. The vehicle for our exploration was a series of objects designed and constructed for the TBH Lawn and Patio.

The small scale of the projects presented both opportunities and challenges.

First, first students were challenged to solve many problems that are not typically considered in studio, among them materials, color, finish, construction details, fastener types, and real world structure.  All of these needed to be solved for a successful outcome. 

In addition, because students had to construct the object, students were faced with solving the multiple facets of a design problem.  It was not be possible to construct the object without the solutions to both the technical and aesthetic problems. Building the object was the ultimate test of the design.

We worked closely with Lowell Miller in the School of Architecture shop and the studio spent considerable time in the woodshop gaining competency with the tools and techniques, and fabricating the final pieces. 

“The Details Are Not the details.  They Make the Design.”  - Charles Eames