The Glass House, Bristol Confucius Institute of Glass Art and Culture
Art, past and present, varies between cultures. Heritage and local events will shape what is created by natives. Sharing a knowledge of the arts can provide us with a deeper understanding of cultural backgrounds, bringing nations closer together. The Glass House will provide a place for the exchange of culture with a focus on the Chinese arts.
The site of the proposal, the Bristol harbourside, once flourished as a bustling imports and exports hub, for a trade business that is a defining characteristic of the city's success. One of the products manufactured locally was glass. By combining the Confucius Institute with a glass workshop for the teaching and production of glass art, I intended to honour the past industries of Bristol. The teaching of traditional Chinese decorating techniques will integrate China’s rich glass history. The central brick cone is a form taken directly from the historic glass factory chimneys, a feature that once dominated the Bristol sky line.
The scheme houses the mixture of uses under one roof, creating a facility for cultural enrichment.