OTOProjects is a new workshop and performance space for the experimental music venue Café OTO in Dalston, Hackney. The building occupies a formerly disused site and is made of demolition rubble found there. It is a simple single volume, an informal and low-cost space for experiential and educational performance.
OTOProjects is an experiment in establishing a new material vernacular for contemporary London. Like the traditional London-stock brick of the nineteenth century, the construction method is based on utilising resources that are readily available locally at little or no material cost.
The earth, rubble and gravel on the otherwise empty site was gathered, sieved, bagged and compressed: transformed from waste into giant building blocks. Deep rubble walls were finished with a decorative ‘rubble-dash’ render and topped with a lightweight timber trussed roof.
OTOProjects was built by 60 volunteers, including many musicians and OTO members, over the summer of 2013. It was supported by Café OTO and delivered in association with the Barbican.