Material investigation is fundamental to Pollen’s design process. Everyone who works here shares an appreciation of building technique and a hands-on, craft-based approach to realization of projects. The woodshop that exists in the compound is key in our work. We develop samples and mock-ups at full scale, as a way to understand the tactile and experiential nature of our projects, and to test constructability. Furthermore, Michael Young’s background as an artist has led to ongoing investigations outside of a specific project. He has developed a series of prototype material assemblies using polycarbonate, sand, wood, concrete and felt.