"I grew up in the Bahamas. One summer I took a tour of the United States, and it gave me a lot of perspective on the role that my home has played in my life. I got this tattoo at the end of the tour, to represent those realizations."


"A few years ago, I got a call on my cell phone from a twelve year old child from my village. He was calling me from a bus stop. He’d taken a bus into the city alone, and he was calling me to ask if I could help him find a way to go to school. Both of his parents had died of AIDS, and he had no money for tuition. I told him to stay where he was, and left work immediately to pick him up. At first I was very mad at him. He should not have travelled alone. But then I looked at him and I saw myself. I’d also been desperate to go to school after my father was killed, but we had no money. So even though I was suffering myself, I told him I would try to help him. My salary was not enough, so I tried many things to get the money. After work, I went to the landfill to hunt for recyclables. But after I paid to have them cleaned, there was no money left. Now I’m trying to make bricks. I have a small operation in the village to make bricks, and I sell them in the city. It doesn’t make much money, but it’s enough to pay tuition for the boy and three of his siblings.” 

(Kampala, Uganda)

Clever bracing; goes all the way to the feet of the columns.

An Understanding of…

It was a revelation to understand that the ‘soffit’ is really a parallel ceiling - in a structural sense that is… so if ceiling/roof joists provide the ceiling and roof structure resting perpendicular to a ‘beam’ plane, so too should the soffit ‘on the same plane’ as the roof.

Alternatively, if one really has to work counter to the pattern that is the plane - then we’re talking about ‘another structure.’ 

This is the ‘logic’ of the piece - and it establishes how one would go about a project like this next time - that the ‘wall’ planes can be parallel and they share the same perpendicular ceiling structural members.

It also means that the box is broken indeed - because ‘structurally’ the elements are not box-like at all, but skeletal in fresh way… recognising the parallelism that is inherent in construction technique.

Peter Stutchbury 1992. Israel House. Paradise Beach, NSW, Australia.

Pool House by TongTong studio.