Madeleine Kessler Architecture


A House for Lincoln

A House for Lincoln was a Masterclass for the National Saturday Club in Hull, that Madeleine Kessler and Manijeh Verghese were invited to teach by the National Saturday Club. The students were exploring a year long brief to create A House for Lincoln (based upon A House for Essex). Inspired by Grayson Perry’s working method at embedding narratives in different objects to tell an overall story, we asked the students to design a series of objects for A House for Lincoln. As something between architecture and furniture, we asked the students to consider the scale of each object to determine the inhabitation of the interior of the house. Students were asked to question who is their client, what is the story they are telling with this piece about the protagonist and about Lincoln, how does it sit within the house, how should it be used? Using quick materials like paper tape, cardboard and paint, they fashioned new forms of architecture at a variety of scales that will suggest new ways to communicate and inhabit this house and Lincoln itself.

The National Saturday Club gives 13-16-year-olds across the UK the opportunity to study subjects that inspire them at their local university, college or cultural institution. It offers free expert creative tuition to 10,000 young people across the UK. With an emphasis on discovery, experimentation and nurturing creativity, Saturday Clubs heighten young people’s enthusiasm for learning, and can raise their aspirations for their future. A key feature is the engagement of professional practitioners to lead Masterclasses for Club members. Every Masterclass is unique but all encompass an introduction to the professional’s personal education and career journey. Club members take part in a practical workshop, in which they can apply the skills and techniques they’ve learned in their Saturday Club. The Masterclass experience can be the moment where young people realise that their passions and interests have the potential to develop into fulfilling and rewarding careers.

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