Squire and Partners were invited to take part in the inaugural London Canstruction 2012, a global charity project where competing teams of architects, designers and engineers are selected to design a self-supporting structure made entirely of cans of food.
At the end of the two week exhibition, the cans are distributed by food charity FareShare and distributed to over 6,000 vulnerable members of the local community.
Our creation, entitled Food and Shelter, was the Canstruction 2012 Overall Winner and the Judges Favourite, with the judges praising the entry for its innovation and creativity, which included the design of the - now patented - Can X.
The Evolution of Can X
The design for Food and Shelter comprised a gazebo style structure created out of 2,580 cans of food, which we envisaged as a light and transparent structure rather than an impenetrable wall of beans!
We approached the Canstruction challenge, to build a self-supporting structure from tin cans, by inventing an entirely new way of giving the cans stability and structure. Rather than using adhesives, string or wire, we developed a small plywood disk with a series of carved grooves that would enable the cans to lock together at the maximum possible distance between them.
The Construction of Canstruction
The 12-hour construction day was definitely a challenge, with three minor collapses but thankfully no casualties. However the effort was absolutely worth it as the finished design took shape.
We were very proud to be named Overall Winners and be the awarded the Judges Choice prize. The exhibition, at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, ran for two weeks until 7 July 2012, when the shelter was dismantled and all cans donated to FareShare.