Hooke Park is a 350-acre working forest owned by the Architectural Association and located in the West Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Designated as Ancient Woodland, the forest is a mix of spruce, beech and other species planted mainly in the 1950s. Within the forest is a small campus that was developed in the 1980s as part of the Parnham furniture school, with the ambition of exploring new ways of using native timber. This campus includes a wood workshop, design studio, refectory and dormitory building. Hooke Park became part of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2003, and is used throughout the year by various units and programmes. It's also home to AA’s Design and Make master programme.
Workshop Building (designed by Frei Otto).
Hooke Park offers is a fully equipped workshop space with various tools for woodworking including table and bandsaws, drilling and sanding equipment, and various hand tools. In addition there is a large (4×8 feet) CNC router that can perform various machining operations such as drilling, 2D cutting and engraving, and 3D milling. The workshop also includes equipment for metal work and welding.
The workshop building includes a large studio area where students and staff can work with laptops. There are some PC’s and printers available, and additional equipment will be brought in for temporary use during MakeLAB.
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Westminster Lodge sleeping accomodation (designed by Edward Cullinan).
Big Shed (designed by AA’s Design & Make students, 2011).
Site selection and preparation in the forest (MakeLab 2016).