During the week of June 2-9, 2014, a collaborative group of architects, designers, and builders including Professor of Sculpture Rod Northcutt (Miami University), Architect and Urban Planner Charlie Vinz (Rebuild Foundation), and Professor of Visual Arts Sara Black (Antioch College) will lead the final phase of the Tea Pavilion Design Build Project with Antioch College students and community members adjacent to the Antioch College Organic Farm. Student participants who have worked to develop the tea pavilion over the last few years include: Sam Senzek, Maisie Taibbi, Rachael Smith, Nargees Jumahan, Adam Abraham, Gabe Amrhein, Cleo van der Veen and Ben Daniels. Community members include Nevin Mercede, Jim Rose, Joshua Miller, Tomaz Williams, Carissa Burkett, Ethan Miller, Dennie Eagleson, and Antioch College Farm Director Kat Christen.
The process began in April 2012 with a design charrette in which students developed a unique design for the structure developed around the event of harvesting, steeping, and drinking tea inspired by many cultures, and the importance of water on the farm. Through three weekend-long sessions since 2012, students and community members in Yellow Springs along with the grounds crew at Antioch College took down and salvaged the material from the existing structure built in the 1970s, poured footings for the new structure, pulled up the concrete from the non-functioning pond, placed a stone 'foot print' using stones harvested by hand from a nearby limestone quarry, constructed and roofed the renewed Tea Shelter structure, and partially constructed a cordwood and mortar wall.
Materials have included a mix of soft and hard cordwoods from the Glen (as donated by George Bieri), a local source (as donated by Paul Abendroth), White Oak salvaged from the floor of the previous structure (now the posts and lintels), White Oak floor joists (as donated to the project by Richard Lapedes with the help of Richard Zopf), and limestone that students harvested by hand from the nearby quarry.
During this final build session it is our goal to complete the cordwood and mortar wall, realize the rain catchment system and line the adjacent pond. If you are interested in joining the crew, please come! Please RSVP to Sara Black if you would like to participate: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll discuss the schedule!