This year’s Sketchbook process was both fun and meaningful.
Initially, I was not sure which project would be the best 2021 Sketchbook feature until WaSH – the public handwashing stations designed in response to the pandemic.
Payette partnered with the Lynn-based non-profit organization Beyond Walls in responding to this urgent need creating stand-alone, hands-free wash stations throughout the city, enabling a return to public spaces including parks, playgrounds and outdoor dining areas.
WaSH was one of 17 finalists, out of 150 entries nationwide, in the 2020 AIA Film Challenge – a 60- to 90-second mini-documentary film highlighting architecture projects that are transforming communities through the power of design and collaboration, under the category Health – a project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We later developed WaSH’s extended family – FoLD – a unit serving as a deployable enclosure system for restaurants that makes outdoor seating safe and accessible.