One SQM House NCAD

by NCAD, The Goethe-Institut & Van Bo Le-Mentzel

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OneSQM Confession Box

Day 4: Public Interaction and Presentation


We got quite positive feedback and a lot of interaction with our Confession Box. People seemed interested by it and curious to find out more about it. We put the box in different places around the college, brought it out onto Thomas St. and down to the local church, where we got some interesting responses.


Overall, we found the Confession Box to be a success and the group really enjoyed both the building of the house and the interaction of  the public with it. We learned a lot of new skills and had a really good time!

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OneSQM Confession Box

Day 3: Painting and adding finishing touches to our house



We decided to paint the inside of our confession box blue because it is a calming and bright colour, and we thought it would create an ideal environment in which people could express themselves. We painted the outside of the house with chalkboard paint for people to express themselves in a more open way, possibly through imagery.



We added the wheels which made the house portable so we could put in different locations and have the public interact with it.

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OneSQM Confession Box

Day 2: Building the house


We began by cutting up the timber to the required sizes according to VanBo’s plans.


We then lay out the frame on the ground to give us a rough idea of where we were going.



We assembled the frame of the OneSQM house.




Then we attached the boards as the walls and put in a seat which had an appearance that tied in with the theme of out house.


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Day Two Building

We got off to a bit of a late start.But one could hardly complain when they had the chance to lounge in the sun. It was a great day for building and I think it was enjoyed by all.


A turning point in the day. Seeing the frame assembled showed light at the end of the tunnel after marking and cutting all afternoon.


End of the day and nearly done.


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The One SQM House Project in NCAD!

From the 22nd -25th April 2012 Product Design students from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), alongside representatives from the Rediscovery Centre, will work with Van Bo to create a series of One SQM Houses. The brief for the project is to work as groups to design a house for a specific purpose and context of choice. The theme of the project is participation. The students are expected to identify an opportunity for design that reflects this theme by effectively researching and understanding their users through community engagement. Each group will be required to consider the One SQM House as an existing product that they must refine and develop further to meet the needs of their chosen user group or target audience. On the final day the groups will take their completed houses into the public domain to engage with the community for whom they were designed. The project culminates with a presentation of the houses and the videos during a public talk with Van Bo on the NCAD campus.