Tangaroa College Bespoke Shelving Project

14 lessons

WHERE is this going + WHERE will it be built?

In this lesson we need to think specifically about the environment that your storage solution is being designed for. It's important to learn as much as possible about your intended location as it will impact, limit and inform your decisions.

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Equipment and tools

  • Notebook/ digital portfolio
  • Pen
  • Laptop/computer 
  • Camera

Guiding questions

  • What are the environmental restrictions?
  • What tools and materials do you have access to? And how will these impact what you are able to make?
  • What do you already know? And how can you apply this knowledge?
  • What will you need to learn to carry out your idea?
  • Will you have to adapt your design ideas because of any of these factors?

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When designing and making your bespoke storage it is important that you are working within realistic parameters. From size to materials, your design needs to be well considered and possible for you to make in the environment you are in. This includes factors such as tools, time restrictions and your own experience levels.

Instructions - Part 1

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    Think of all the possible places your storage solution COULD go within your selected space and note these down in a brainstorm in your workbook. Look closely at your classroom, have you thought about the spaces under benches and tables? Inside existing cupboard spaces? All of the available wall spaces?

  2. 2


    Make a detailed description of the conditions of these spaces in your brainstorm.  

  3. 3

    Add Notes 

    Write about what performance properties your storage needs to have to be suitable in/for each environment.

  4. 4


    Choose what you think is the BEST space for your bespoke storage - and explain your choice. This should be backed up with what your key stakeholder has said.

  5. 5


    Get stakeholder feedback in RED, discuss your feedback, and consider why people have said that.

Hollie's example

  1. Hollie's example

    Note: Hollie's choices have been limited by restrictions. How limited are you?

Instructions - Part 2

  1. 1

    Thinking about the school facilities

    Brainstorm all the considerations of the school environment and the workshops.

    • What are our restrictions? 
    • What tools, equipment and materials do you have access to?
    • What do you already know how to use?
    • What do you need to learn?
    • What are you going to have to compromise with your design because of the school environment (be specific - this could be certain materials or components)?

Hollie's example

  1. Hollie's example

Instructions - Part 3

  1. 1


    In your workbook make a list of all the projects you have made at school. This can cover multiple relevant subjects or classes.

  2. 2


    Add the tools (e.g. scribe) and processes/ techniques (e.g. spot weld) used to make each project.

  3. 3


    Add the materials you used (e.g. aluminium rod) and the performance properties (flexible, low melting point, lightweight).

  4. 4

    Helpful Things

    Highlight any materials/ tools/ techniques that will be helpful or that you might use for this project.

Hollie's example

  1. Hollie's example

    Really take the time to think about all of the things you have made and how you can use that knowledge

Tips & tricks

  • Consider the purpose of the environments you are designing for, e.g. do they NEED to stay clean and tidy at all times? 
  • Make sure you think about safety and how traffic to access your storage may affect the flow of the workshop 

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