It doesn’t matter how small the product or how big the building the same principle applies – we must do a lot more with what we have without damaging the ability of future generations to live healthy lives whilst protecting the environment.

​I design with natural and recycled materials to minimise any environmental impact. This is an essential consideration for any product or building. I have developed considerable experience working with forward thinking companies and inventive people to deliver innovative sustainable work.

Design Architecture Sketching
Project Ideas | Matt Hoad | Design & Sketching
Project Ideas | Matt Hoad | Design & Sketching
Project Ideas | Matt Hoad | Design & Sketching
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Code 6 terrace of Ruralzed
Extruded Coolvault flooring system
Ruralzed in France
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2004 > 2010
Development and launch of the Ruralzed code 6 housing kit system (for Zedfactory)

  • Heavy timber frame homes with Coolvault thermal mass blocks and ‘Lizard skin’ lareg format rainscreen designed and prototyped with Ibstock Brick

  • Launched 2008 at Ecobuild with a cut away 3 bedroom house showing the anatomy of the eco-fabric construction

  • The Ruralzed code 6 housing kit was the first commercially available zero carbon housing system in the UK

  • All materials and systems were chosen for their environmental credentials and properties making the house an ‘eco-functional design

  • The prototype house was transported from Earles Court to Grand Synthe in Dunkirk where it was launched as a model sustainable housing system

RuralZed | Housing Kit | Eco Build
RuralZed | Housing Kit | Interior Ruralz
Eco Build | Interior Ruralzed in France
Ruralzed at Ecobuild 2008
RuralZed | Housing Kit | Eco Build Construction Products
RuralZed | Housing Kit | Eco Build Interior
RuralZed | Housing Kit | Eco Build Interior
RuralZed | Housing Kit | Eco Build Interior
RuralZed | Housing Kit | Eco Build Exhibition
 
 
Project Idea Eco House.png
Eco House
SUN_WIND
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2002 > 2004
Forest Energy House  heavy timber framed county house

  • The Forest Energy House replaced an existing house built into the bank in the South Downs National Park. Planning permission was granted for an eco-house design of particular quality

  • The house was designed around the ‘sun path’ to make the most of passive solar orientation and site with view across the Hampshire countryside the and a heavy timber frame.

  • The house was ‘framed’ by the owner Mark Probyn - a furniture maker who trained as a boat builder - an included solar and a wood pellet boiler balanced against high levels of insulation.

  • Oak cladding was procured locally with all the joinery made in the workshop - I also built furniture in the workshop under the tutorage of Mark including a desk, table and bed

  • Planning was also granted for a furniture workshop built on a disused sand school hidden within woodland.

Hampshire Eco House | Eco Design & Materials
Hampshire Eco House | Eco Design & Materials
Hampshire Eco House | Natural Materials
Hampshire Eco House | Scale Plan
Hampshire Eco House | Natural Materials
Hampshire Eco House Planning around Nature
Hampshire Eco House Planning around Nature
Hampshire Eco House | Sustainable Materials
Hampshire Eco House | Eco Design & Materials
Hampshire Eco House | Construction | Eco Design & Materials
Eco house frame & interior | Eco Design & Materials
Hampshire Eco House Site Plan | Design around Nature
Hampshire Eco House | Plans
Hampshire Eco House | Natural Energy Solution
Hampshire Eco House Structure
Hampshire Eco House
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Construction Products
Construction Products
Construction Products
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2015 > now
Clay masonry and terracotta rainscreen system prototyping

  • Designs for the next clay cladding generation of cladding systems

  • Patent HJL00937GB applied for the interlocking brick concept.

  • Design registered for the interlocking brick concept 90056276680001; 90056276680002; 90056276680003; 90056276680004

  • Patent HJS01055GB pending prefabricated ‘brick’ faced cladding system

  • The brick and system can be used in simple or highly complex brickwork bonding and patterns

Construction Products | Ecological | Design
Construction Products | Ecological Building
Construction Products | Ecological Building
Construction Products | Ecological Building
Construction Products | Ecological Building
Construction Products | Ecological Building | Design
 
Project Idea Self Build Cabins.png
Landark | Self Build Cabin | Eco Material
Landark | Self Build Cabin | Eco Build
Landark | Self Build Cabin | Eco Materia
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2009 > 2010
Development and launch of the Landark (for Bill Dunster Architects, Zedfactory)

  • Bill set a brief for the development of an off-grid cabin concept for sustainable living design and assembles by the practice

  • The ark had to be designed and built for Ecobuild 2009 in only 4 weeks from scratch - a very tight launch date

  • The construction concept was that all components had to be palletised and CNC machined without metal connections

  • The ark uses a locked chain structure with semi-circular frames like the hull of a ship with each made from standardised components

  • The connection details are derived from 19c carpentry construction and also from split pegs used in Viking Ships which pin boards together

Landark | Self Build Cabin | Eco Build
Landark | Self Build Cabin | Eco Build
Landark | Self Build Cabin | Eco Build
Landark _ Self Build Cabin _ Sustainable
Landark | Self Build Cabin | Eco Build
 
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Upgrading existing buildings to improve energy performance whilst reducing environmental impacts
Sustainable renovation | Eco Build
Upgrading existing buildings to improve energy performance whilst reducing environmental impacts
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2005 > 2012
Upgrading existing buildings to improve energy performance whilst reducing environmental impacts

  • Improve the building envelope thermal performance first (fabric first approach)

  • Re-use materials such as timber for floors and fitout - the floors shown are old growth Douglas Fir relayed over insulation , sanded and oiled with clear OS wax

  • A bathroom shelving unit to be installed into a vanity unit made from reclaimed pallets from South Asia. The timber white ebony (Diospyros malabarica) which is very unusual

  • Make the best use of space by reusing components in furniture such as old pallets and galvanised tanks (shown with a curt down wardrobe door in a loft space)

  • Apply renewable energy systems like solar thermal and pv. I installed the pv in 1930’s roof tiles and reused the ones taken out to patch the roof elsewhere

Recycling & Upgrading | Eco Renovation
Retrofitting when Renovating
Recycling & Upgrading | Eco Renovation
Sustainable Materials
 
Design Ideas & Products | Dining Table
Matt Hoad | Dining Table | Eco Design Innovation
Matt Hoad | Dining Table | Eco Design Innovation
Matt Hoad | Dining Table | Eco Design Innovation
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2018
Dining Table - putting wood, metal and glass together

  • The table frame was originally designed for a wooden top mid 1990’s, the new larger and heavier waterjet cut glass top requiring the frame to be stiffened

  • Constructed from unused fencing / gate Oak base and reclaimed fiddle back oak upper cantilevered supporting arms

  • Jointed using tenon / through tenons with Joints wedged and glued with all wood finished with boiled linseed oil

  • Painted steel struts reclaimed from a disused high energy floor lamp with threaded internal tendons

  • Machined mill finish aluminium sourced from a scrapyard forming connection blocks

2018 Dining Table - putting wood, metal and glass together
2018 Dining Table - putting wood, metal and glass together
2018 Dining Table - putting wood, metal and glass together
2018 Dining Table - putting wood, metal and glass together
2018 Dining Table - putting wood, metal and glass together
2018 Dining Table - putting wood, metal and glass together
2018 Dining Table - putting wood, metal and glass together
2018 Dining Table - putting wood, metal and glass together
2018 Dining Table - putting wood, metal and glass together
 
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2010 > now

Create a biomorphic garden that maximises the potential of a small south facing garden at the rear of a terraced house

  • Harvest rainwater in butts and overflow to pond - use solar pump to circulate water

  • Use naturally durable land forming materials with untreated timbers such as oak sleepers or reclaimed materials

  • Make your own compost from kitchen and garden waste - waste nothing and recirculate nutrients - to ‘grow’ your own soil

  • If plants naturally grow through self seeding (such as fox gloves) encourage them as natural regeneration happens for a reason

  • Organic home grown food including fruit, veg, herbs and flowers specifically grown for bees and insects

Harvest rainwater in butt and overflow to pond | Eco Design
building a regenerative landscape
Regenerative Landscape | Sustainable Materials
Make your own compost from kitchen and garden trimmings
Regenerative Landscape | Recycled Materials
Kew Palace | Design
Regenerative Landscape | Ecological Design
Use naturally durable materials
building a regenerative landscape
Organic home grown food including herbs
Use naturally durable land forming with
 
Idea 8 Organic Food | Eco Sustainable De
Create a biomorphic environment
Organic planting
Biomorphic design
Organic food & planting for wildlife & nature
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2010 > now

Create a biomorphic environment that maximises the potential of a small south facing garden to a terraced house

  • Use companion planting to avoid the use of chemical treatments for pests - organic gardening is far better all round for ourselves and the environment

  • Plant for food with high value crops such as fruit and herbs that can be rotated around the seasons including winter veg such as purple sprouting

  • Structure the garden for ease of access including raised planters for children to pick strawberries and to keep crops slug free

  • The biodiversity in the garden means that its an adventure for children but make sure they can harvest the fruit as part of an interactive environment

Give over a part of the garden completely to nature
Give over a part of the garden to nature
Structure the garden for ease of access
Biodiversity in the garden
Give over a part of the garden to nature
Encourage nature into your garden
Give over a part of the garden to nature
Use companion planting to avoid the use of pesticides
Plant for food with high value crops
Encourage nature into your garden
Organic food & planting for wildlife & nature
Biodiversity in the garden
Structure the garden for ease of access
Biodiversity in the garden
 
 
Idea 9 Garden Furniture | Sustainable Ec
A bin store screen
Building Garden Furniture
A milk box constructed from recycled material
A bug hotel made from waste timber
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2010 > 2020

Transforming recycled materials and discarded components into useful furniture

  • A bin store screen clad in left over cedar shingles left found in a shed with built-in planter from a reclaimed galvanised water tank (with drain at the bottom)

  • A parcel box made from a small reclaimed galvanised water tank painted black and with reclaimed Douglas Fir rafters converted into frames and Western Red Cedar door for stability

  • A bug hotel made from waste timber off-cuts and Western Red Cedar (damaged stock) with disused Victorian land drain pipes dug up from the garden filled with Chestnuts logs

  • A milk box constructed from waste moisture resistant MDF, oak legs (profiles as found), reclaimed brass hinges, an oiled / painted cedar handle and pressed aluminium lid (over ply)

  • The materials used need to be naturally durable like cedar and oak and use oil finishes on these that can be easily reapplied

A bug hotel made from waste timber
Building Garden Furniture
A milk box constructed from waste moisture resistant MDF, oak legs (profiles as found), reclaimed br
A milk box constructed from waste moisture resistant MDF, oak legs (profiles as found), reclaimed br
A bin store screen clad in left over materials
A milk box constructed from waste moisture resistant MDF, oak legs (profiles as found), reclaimed br
A bug hotel made from waste timber
A bug hotel made from waste timber
A parcel box made from a small reclaim
A bin store screen clad in left over c
Building Garden Furniture
Building Garden Furniture
Idea 10 Entrance Hll Cabinet.png
2020 - Designing around highly constrained areas that need bespoke joinery
2020 - Designing around highly constrained areas that need bespoke joinery
Entrance hall cabinet | Bespoke Design
hoad® - Project IDEA - for an entrance hall cabinet
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2020

Designing around highly constrained areas that need bespoke joinery

  • The entrance cabinet covers a tight arrangement of electrical meters, radiator, sockets, switches and cabling in the wall

  • The cabinet was designed in outlined using 3D digital prototyping and then built in-situ with standard section of timber and scribed into uneven walls

  • The cabinet has a tolerance gap to the ceiling so that it can be moved out as one, a continuous timber spine to join the sections, and a viewing panel for electrical meters

  • The doors are standard sections of oiled American white oak whilst the frame is trade grade whitewood (spruce) with inner edges finished in a 18mm radius

Entrance hall cabinet | Sustainable Materials
Entrance hall cabinet | Design
Entrance hall cabinet | Eco Design
Design | Cabinet in the Entrance Hall
 
 
Idea 11 Biomorphic | Design using Nature
biomorphic design from beetle to bed | Eco Design
biomorphic design from beetle to bed | Eco Design
Biomorphic Design - from Beetle to Bed
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1995 > 2003

Create a biomorphic form as emergency wilderness shelter and develop into fully recyclable furniture

  • In 1995/96 whilst at the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen I developed a emergency wilderness shelter that inhabited the landscape

  • The scale model was built in the workshops in 3 days with a soldered steel frame and shaped copper shell

  • The idea of the form based on a steel chassis with plywood deck developed into a light weight aluminium bed frame with adjustable feet and the prototype was built in 2003

  • I machined the 18mm thick birch plywood deck by hand with a router using templates in Mark’s furniture workshop but ideally these would be CNC cut

  • All components can be easily disassembled and recyclable or reusable as part of a circular economy

1995_96 Danish Royal Academy
Biomorphic design from beetle to bed | Eco Design
Machining 18mm thick birch plywood
Machining 18mm thick birch plywood
Scale model | Biomorphic Design
Biomorphic design from beetle to bed | Eco Design
All components can be easily disassembled
 
Idea 12 Cressing Temple | Matt Hoad | Ec
Workshop Truss
Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
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1993 > 2021

Transforming a handmade 1:10 scale model of c.1250 Knights Templar barn truss into a play space

  • The 1:10 threshing floor truss was constructed as a timber design elective whilst at Kingston Uni School of Architecture run by my structures tutor Brian

  • Built with my grandfather the timber was hand squared and pegged with oak shaped through a dowel plate and finished in boiled linseed oil

  • In 2020 my daughter asked for a dolls house so I decided to fabricate a floor, facades and roof from recycled timber left over from the dismantled carpentry workshop

  • The cladding doors are made from uneven, extremely weathered water mill cut oak boards (likely cut in Brightling Park saw mill) with wire brushed and untreated surfaces

  • The roof is to be covered in new split Chestnut shingles, upper infill panels are from an ancient copper tank that has tremendous patina (also used for a Uni project)

Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
Workshop Truss
Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
Cressing Temple wheat barn truss
Idea 13 Homeworking Desk.png
homeworking desk in lockdown
homeworking desk in lockdown
homeworking desk in lockdown
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2020

Moving the office into the home and using materials that are to hand

  • In mid March 2020 I moved from HTA’s London office to work from home. A table was needed for all the computer equipment quickly so I used materials to hand

  • There was a set of funeral trestles from Brightling, East Sussex in the loft which were too short to work on and were originally painted black before sanding down

  • The trestles were very likely made by my great, great grandfather who was the village wheelwright as the joinery is exactly the same as the church doors that I know his company made

  • I extended the trestles with some oak and built a top from very old Santos mahogany complete with screw holes which was lightly sanded down but otherwise left unfinished

  • The backboard is made from reclaimed farmyard timber with unused gate slates forming a services well along the back for cabling.

homeworking desk in lockdown
homeworking desk in lockdown
homeworking desk in lockdown
 
Idea 14 Train carriage | Matt Hoad | Eco
making Annie and Clarabel for Thomas the tank engine
making Annie and Clarabel for Thomas the tank engine
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2019 > 2021

Toys that move

  • The Thomas the tank engine was bought from a second hand shop for a couple of pounds but did not have the carriages Annie and Clarabel

  • Each carriage is constructed from found materials including wheels from a washing machine (drum stops) and scrapyard metal offcuts

  • The tow and draw bars are cut from spare loft ladder latches and the carriages are old birch plywood Ikea document holders cut down and refinished

  • Cedar cladding, redwood offcuts form the bogies with aircraft birch plywood from a model shop bent and glued over unpainted Douglas Fir beams

  • Wheel bearings are machined from brass and aluminium with interchangeable carriage bodies that can be swapped to face both ways on the bogies

thomas train plus carriages
thomas train plus wheel rollers for carr
Thomas the Tank Engine plus component pieces
Construction of carriages
The making of carriages
Component parts for train carriages
the making of thomas train carriages
thomas train plus carriages
wooden construction pieces
wood working tool
wood working tool
wooden piece in machinery
wood working tool
Finished thomas train carriages
construction pieces
tools to make thomas train carriages
 
Idea 15 Shaker Furniture | Ecological De
Shaker Style Furniture
Sketch _ Shaker Style Furniture
Mahogony table _ Shaker Style Furniture
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2002> 2003

Making furniture from sustainably sourced and recycled timber

  • A reclaimed mahogany (probably Cuban Mahogany) top trimmed out from old wardrobe doors with a sub-frame of timber from reclaimed door cills and frames

  • The mahogany table is held in place with wooden buttons to allow for movement of the solid wood

  • A 2004 Concept for a book matched chest of draws in Yew (unbuilt)

  • 2002 Jewellery making desk from European Oak solid laminated top and demountable frame connected with inserts and machine screws (in oversized holes)

  • Different wood species are finished in boiled linseed, Danish or Tung Oil. Recycled materials need to be brought back to life but have provenance through marks which need to be kept

Sketch _ Shaker Style Furniture
Mahogony Table detail _ Shaker Style Fur
Shaker Style Furniture
Shaker Style Furniture
Shaker Style Furniture
Shaker Style Furniture
Shaker Style Furniture
Shaker Style Furniture
Shaker Style Furniture
 
Matt Hoad | Bread & Beer | Design Innova
1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
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1995 - 1996

Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)

  • The table formed part of a post graduate Diploma in Architecture project for a building designed whilst at Kingston University, London

  • The point of the piece was to set the ‘straight line against the curve’ (in this case an organic shape) which is something I was taught in Denmark

  • The round apple tree wood is from some very old trees in an orchard in Brightling, East Sussex which were decaying and falling over. The debarked wood is spectacularly burred

  • The aligned frames are of contrasting and made from reclaimed mahogany with steel connections for adjustment so that the toughened glass top is evenly supported

  • The beer and bread title was named by Trevor one of my diploma tutors and represents the refinement of organic materials into consumable products

1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
1995 - 1996 - Beer and bread table (Kingston University mobile)
 
Idea 17 Battle Abbey Green Tree Planter
Battle Abbey Green tree planters
Battle Abbey Green tree planters
Battle Abbey Green tree planters
Battle Abbey Green tree planters
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1992 > 1993

Making prototypes with the materials with hand tools (compass saws, spoke shaves, draw knives and others)

  • I was a first year architecture student when I was asked by family friends to present a proposal to the Battle Chamber of Commerce for greening the Abbey Green

  • The historic Abbey green is owned by English Heritage who wanted the parking removed but there was an economic argument to keep it so my proposals only reduced parking by 3 spaces

  • The planter design was prototyped at 1:10 and 1:2 in the carpentry workshop in plywood, painted steel and melted water pipes for drainage outlets to demonstrate the compound form

  • The base is octagonal (following the Abbey gate towers) is swept up to a square neck with a square post arrangement (Modelled by Jenny)

  • The intention was to use Corten steel with a marine grade timber frame but the project was not developed because of opposing view on what to do with the green (now pedestrianised)

Eco Materials _ Sustainability _ Battle
Battle Abbey Green tree planters
Battle Abbey Green tree planters
Battle Abbey Green tree planters
Battle Abbey Green tree planters
Battle Abbey Green tree planters
 
Matt Hoad - Fence Panels
Fence materials 1
Fence front 7
Fence back 8
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2021 > now
Western Red Cedar 6’ and 3’ panels

  • The old fence panels were past repair and the concrete posts (rear garden) had exposed rebar that had spooled off concrete cover

  • I did not want to use thin treated panels that look rubbish and I wanted to keep the posts and avoid the need for new concrete

  • The Western Red Cedar (FSC / PEFC certified) came in a fixed length pallet pack of 140x19x1830mm planed one side and sawn on the back

  • The fencing is vertically boarded and fixed centrally with grade 316 s/s screws and washers to glue laminated rails to allow the timber to move

  • The old concrete posts are over-clad and the front 3’ fence (6’ lengths cut into 2) uses left over aluminium angle posts grouted into old post pockets

Fence materials 1
Fence front 11
Fence front 9
Fence front 10
Fence front 8
Fence front 6
Fence front 7
Fence front 5
Fence front 4
Fence front 3
Fence front 2
Fence front 1
Fence back 7
Fence back 9
Fence back 8
Fence back 6
Fence back 2
Fence back 5
Fence back 3
Fence 4