kitchen sink design – social art in progress – part 1

open kitchen sink design – playing around with the design

In september 2019 we decided to add a kitchen sink to the open kitchen project in the art camp. After building different fireplaces and a rocketstove we wanted to add the option to clean the dishes nearby – instead of moving them all the time to the dragon house and back to the garden.

One main aspect of the project was to re-use waste water out of this process to water the plants in the lower art camp garden area, especially the fruit trees.

The wise creater knows that he is only a facilitator, using what is donated to him by others.

Juan Petry

Together with Rebekka we played around with the shape of the sink area around an old almond tree. We talked a lot about workflow, process of serving food, collecting the dirty dishes, cleaning and storing them for another lunch or dinner session.

Beside the ergonomical and logistical issues we focused also on the social aspect of the event of “cleaning dishes”. It should be possible to work in a little team together on the place. Also it should be possible for the dish washers to communicate with others nearby.

 open kitchen sink design - foundation and ibc tank placement
open kitchen sink design – foundation and ibc tank placement

Finally we found a propper design for the kitchen sink area and we started with the main part, the sink basement. We also noticed that we will have to repair the nearby dry stone wall in the future and we respected the roots of the almond tree as well as enough working space for the dish washer team.

In creating the foundation we used some little natural stones. The refurbished ibc-conformed pallet was placed on top of cement stones. This construction supports the later weight of the water tank and protect the pallet wood from termites.

open kitchen sink design - Rebekka as a new bricklayer in action
open kitchen sink design – Rebekka as a new bricklayer in action

We used old reburbished construction material as much as possible. The iron pieces will support the stability of the wall holding nearly 600 kg of weight (0.6 cubic meter of waste water) in form.

 open kitchen sink design - basement and final position of the sink
open kitchen sink design – basement and final position of the sink

Even the sink is a refurbished piece and a donation from a friend (thanks to Angie!). The open area will give access to light for some plants. We will place them into the ibc tank to clean and fertilize the waste water.

open kitchen sink design - worktable
open kitchen sink design – worktable

After finishing the raw structure of the sink we added the worktable. As a quotation to the former design of the open kitchen we repeated the circular cutout between to pillars.

open kitchen sink design - service hatch for dishes
open kitchen sink design – service hatch for dishes

On one side we added the worktable to collect dirty dishes. On the other side we placed a service hatch for cleaned dishes. In the foundation we placed a hole for better ventilation. It will be covered by a fine net to protect the inside from little animals.

open kitchen sink design - re-use of pallet wood
open kitchen sink design – re-use of pallet wood

The additional construction will support also some storage protected from sun. The service hatch is designed to cover around 60 dishes and to protect them a bit from rain and dust.

open kitchen sink design - organic shape
open kitchen sink design – organic shape

Wherever we established a construction in a certain height we find glases and bottles lateron. A lot of visitors are likely to put used stuff wherever they stay. To work a bit against this habbit we created a organic shape around the sink table. Later it will be also an invitation for next mosaic workshops to find another place to play with colors.

open kitchen sink design - natural fridge and storage under the worktable
open kitchen sink design – natural fridge and storage under the worktable

Nearly 300 bottles where used to create the wall between the pillars and to give the worktable a solid foundation. In the center we placed a natural fridge. We used a old window from the trash.

open kitchen sink design - worktable platform
open kitchen sink design – worktable platform

After rising the outer wall a little bit we placed some wood on top of the frame and created a 6 cm thick concrete platform. Inside the platform we used again refurbished iron pieces.

open kitchen sink design - plastering around the bottles
open kitchen sink design – plastering around the bottles

We started with plastering around the bottles and tested a new mix (6 soil : 1 cement : 1 cal). The challenge was again to use the right scree to prepare the best soil.

This kitchen sink was – and still is – a social art work supported and done by many people. One of the biggest contributors was for sure Rebekka. But also people like Angie from Benicarlo and David from Cervera donated materials to this building. Many people collected bottles. Guests like Amanda and Nina in the CASAdelDRAGON prepared the dinner for the hungry bricklayers. Others carried the construction materials to the location. We have to honor all these people helping us to make this possible. So special thanks to Nina, Fron├žois, Sacha, Youri and Ivan.