Free Unit

Tutored by Robert Mull, Peter Carl and Catrina Beevor

More about the proposed design plan

Against the arcane legal backdrop of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the Free Unit invite members of the public to imagine the social origins of the primitive hut. Our reinterpretation of this myth is concerned with the necessity of human exchange and labour in making the world around us, and how these transient activities are subsequently expressed in the more tangible material culture of building and settlement.

Akin to Soane’s practices importing antiquities from the worlds’ classical civilizations, the Free Unit has recently acquired an unusual set of timber artifacts during an expedition to Nikola Lenivets Park, Russia This family of objects form a fragment of a much larger work created by the artist Nikoloay Polissky.

Whatever single material is most readily available (and in Russia, that’s birch) is re-crafted as expediently as possible (in Russia, that’s with chainsaws) as a primitivism building block, and then another, and another, until there are enough blocks that a structure can be fashioned. The Free Unit Primitive Hut is to be not a building so much as a site compound – sections of Lincolns Inn Fields compartmented each year to create a theatre of construction, displaying the value of doing things (quite) slowly.

Making as theatre

Project images

 Found objects
Found Objects Free Unit


 Assembling the totem and configuration
Assembling the totem and configuration Free Unit


 Moscow – London collaboration
Moscow London Collaboration Free Unit


 Located in Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Located in Lincolns Inn Fields Free Unit


 Locating the totems
Locating the totems Free Unit


 Plan of the workshop
Plan of the workshop Free Unit


 Front elevation
Front elevation Free Unit


 Making in the fields and section
Making in the Fields and section Free Unit


 Proposed 2015 and 2016 making
Proposed 2015 and 2016 making Free Unit


 Proposed 2017 and 2018 making
Proposed 2017 and 2018 making Free Unit