• 31.07.17 18.08.17

Hempcrete Construction Camp Ghent

Atelier of Pascale Marthine Tayou

BC architects & studies

Collaboration workshop
Woonder and Het Leemniscaat

3 weeks


A 3 weeks hempcrete construction camp organised to build the Atelier of Pascale Marthine Tayou

During the summer of 2017, BC studies organised a workshop to execute hempcrete and woodworks inside a complex of interconnected warehouses, which serve as the atelier of artist Pascale Marthine Tayou. The structure of the building inside the warehouses were pallet racks, and were installed by a contractor. From there onwards, hempcrete formwork was installed within the Hempcrete Construction Camp. 23 participants from 2 continents participated for 3 weeks in a peculiar exchange. Knowledge transfer was organised through 2 lectures. Participants could stay overnight in tents on site. Participants took turns to cook national dishes at lunch and dinner.

The construction camp gave opportunities for student architects to engage in low-tech yet innovative construction, learning about on-the-go detailing, about natural and CO2-negative materials, about new processes of construction.

After the construction camp, subcontractors installed and finished masonry works, windows, sanitary, ...