Develop the skills and methods by which existing spaces and buildings can be reimagined, rethought and converted to new uses. This includes learning the principles of structure and working with real clients and spaces. The course includes a comprehensive study of design principles, as well as consideration of matters including light, depiction, environment, furniture, temporary structures and the needs of the user.
THE RESOURCE: The emphasis of the project is to intervene within an existing building and place and create a sequence of spaces that perform explicit functions, all linked to the theme of performance. To answer the brief, I have decided to create The Resource, a center that combines food and theatre as two performances that merge together with the help of architectural designs’ decisions. Merging two very different functions together in the same building made me encounter some difficulties in the use of spaces and in how I was going to link them. Tchumis’ theory on events accentuates what I wanted to do in my project. I wished to create a design where people came for the experiences of food and dance. Tschumi explains that there was no architecture without event, no architecture without action, without activities, without functions. Indeed, in my project, concentrating on my two functions was my first step before creating the appropriate design for it. ‘Function does not follow form, form does not follow function, or fiction for that matter, however, they certainly interact.’ If complete surprise can no longer be provoked by the succession and adjacency of facades and entrance hall, perhaps it can be provoked by the juxtaposition of events that occur behind these facades in these spaces: here the food court and the dance center.
The idea towards Illufissure was inspired by the flexible patterns of crack combining with illuminations of lights. Illufissure focuses on improving the ambient environment whereby not only using illumination of lights as a function but also as a guide following the fissure crack patterns to form a sequence of indirect pathway. It also explores tangibility of lights through simple and innovative lighting design. Using lights as the key idea towards illufissure helps to create transition of spaces that deeply affects the emotion of human beings.
Illufissure forms under no strict rules, it could easily form pathways or even create a space within a space due to its natural crack patterns. Besides that, Illufissure also works under Interactive architecture space and lighting. it is also part of the key function as it forms a hybrid environment between the digital and physical world. The Illufissure fits perfectly for the loco klub site as it quietly explores how an existing, low tech, urban brick and stone environment could be enriched with ambient interactive environment by using lightweight structure, low cost sensors and light equipment.
HOTWELLS COMMUNITY CENTER: Due to the lack of community centre in the area, the proposed conversion of the Jacob Wells Dance Centre to the Hotwells Community Centre aims to ensure the needs of the community are met with consideration of design aspiration. The design scheme aims to enhance the existing structure and volume of the Grade II listed building by experimenting with the concept of levitation. Inspired by its current value, the idea involves the analysis on the relationship between architecture and dance as mediums. Architecture promenade serves as a element of connecting the idea and the experiences of the users to the new scheme, with the contribution of cinematic techniques as a form of understanding and communicating the combination of the both. The concept of dance and architecture within the project developed elements of form and rhythm, space and void as well as emotion and experience; ultimately creating a narrative of experiencing and receiving the site.
THIS STUDIO PROJECT FOCUSES ON THE SYMBIOTIC ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE, SPATIAL PLANNING & FURNITURE DEDICATED IN BUILDING A SPACE FOR LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES.
MUSIC PERFORMANCE HAS EVOLVED INTO MORE THAN MERE LISTENING TO MUSIC ALONE, INSTEAD THE PROCESS OF EXPERIENCING SOCIAL HUMAN EMOTION AND CONNECTION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE MUSIC PERFORMED ESPECIALLY IN A LIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL OR CLUB. MUSIC SERVED AS AN UNCONDITIONAL SPIRITUAL SUPPORT FOR MOST LIVING INDIVIDUALS.
IT RESEMBLED THE ESSENCE OF A CRYSTAL WHICH GROW & SPREAD SINCE THE BEGINNING OF LIFE FORMS. THE CRYSTALLIZATION OF CRYSTAL TAKES DECADES EVEN CENTURIES TO FORM, WHICH MEANS THAT IT ABSORBED THE MOLECULES AND MINERALS FROM ALL POSSIBLE RESOURCES ON THE EARTH AND COEXIST AMONG THEM, INCLUDING US HUMANS.
THE PHILOSOPHY ABOUT CRYSTAL WERE BEING STUDIED BY NIKOLA TESLA STATED THAT CRYSTAL IS BASICALLY THE FOUNDATION & MIXTURE OF ALL POSSIBILITIES AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME.
AS MENTIONED, THE PROPOSING SITE WISHED TO REMAINED SOME OF ITS ORIGINALITY INSTEAD OF TAKING DOWN EVERYTHING. IT ALSO REQUIRED A BETTER TRANSFORMATION OF UNUSED SPACES REGARDING THE FUNCTIONALITY & DESIGN SCHEME. THE FOCUS FOR THIS PROJECT WILL BE USING ARCHITECTURAL LANGUAGE TO SET UP ALL THE ELEMENTS
MENTIONED IN PLACE & CREATE A POWERFUL NARRATIVE TO BE EXPERIENCED BY THE OCCUPANTS.
MUSIC PERFORMANCE HAS EVOLVED INTO MORE THAN MERE LISTENING TO MUSIC ALONE, INSTEAD THE PROCESS OF EXPERIENCING SOCIAL HUMAN EMOTION AND CONNECTION IS
JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE MUSIC PERFORMED ESPECIALLY IN A LIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL OR CLUB. MUSIC SERVED AS AN UNCONDITIONAL SPIRITUAL SUPPORT FOR MOST LIVING
INDIVIDUALS. IT RESEMBLED THE ESSENCE OF A CRYSTAL WHICH GROW & SPREAD SINCE THE BEGINNING OF LIFE FORMS. THE CRYSTALLIZATION OF CRYSTAL TAKES DECADES EVEN
CENTURIES TO FORM, WHICH MEANS THAT IT ABSORBED THE MOLECULES AND MINERALS FROM ALL POSSIBLE RESOURCES ON THE EARTH AND COEXIST AMONG THEM, INCLUDING US
HUMANS. THE PHILOSOPHY ABOUT CRYSTAL WERE BEING STUDIED BY NIKOLA TESLA STATED THAT CRYSTAL IS BASICALLY THE FOUNDATION & MIXTURE OF ALL POSSIBILITIES AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME.
GRIDS: The aim of this project was to create a new use for Jacob Wells Baths, Bristol. The building was originally public baths, and then became a community dance centre in the 1980's. My aim was to continue to keep the building open to the community by creating an infrastructure which increases functionality, I was able to speak to members of the community to find out what they would like to happen to the building. From this, I kept the use of the main space as a performance/rehearsal area, mainly for aerial performances to utilise the height of the main room.
The purpose of the grid is to allow more light to enter the main room as well as the bar. Within the grid are viewpoints to allow visitors to see glimpses of performances and rehearsals in the main room.
The North grid was created mainly for children and families to ensure my design catered to all ages of the community, with a number of schools nearby I designed a library and activity area to allow the schools to use the multi-use building.
Pixel: Performances are the main function of the space. At the same time, it is for people to come together and interact with each other. My idea is using the space as a cabaret or comedy with bar and kitchen as secondary spaces. Pixel is the concept for my project. Stage plays an important role for a performing area.
The stages are made out of different heights of cubes and they are all flexible which can be moved around. The flexibility of the space will allow performers to customise the size of stages that they desired. Bar and kitchen are located next to the performing area at a higher level but visitors are also allowed to bring their food and drinks to the performing area which serves the purpose of the space as cabaret.
The production line: Situated in the ash pits at Temple Meads station, Bristol, The Production Line is an arts and performance centre for the Artspace Lifespace collective. The project is influenced by ideas of global mass production and consumption of media, art, and entertainment, in a celebratory juxtaposition of the liberal politics of Artspace Lifespace. The Production Line provides an immersive and adaptable environment that aids productivity and creativity whilst exploring the relationship between public and private spaces. The key intervention consists of a rigging and pathway sculptural structure that moves throughout the various spaces in the site, and which brings the technical systems throughout and morphs into different features at key points – a viewing platform through the production spaces, the background rigging through the theatre space and adaptable lighting and sound throughout. A creative home space for the collective and an exciting hub for the local community.
Loco Blue: Loco Blue is a proposal for a contrasting use of the space beneath the Passenger Shed at Temple Meads Station, Bristol. The original use of the underground vaults were ash pits for steam engine trains. The chambers were unlit, dirty and the unique architecture itself was unseen for many years. Loco Blue is a design for an underground thermal spa, thus changing its appearance from a dusty, worn down basement to a therapeutic paradise. The design will attempt to keep as much existing material as possible so that the original architecture can be admired. Interventions such as the floor levels will be altered to give users a subversive experience and treatment rooms will be added to gain visitors and income. The ground floor and outdoor areas will be used as a social bar and pool area, to attract the passers-by commuting through the station encouraging them to explore the new space.
Radical Theatre: This project is a response to the extensive amount of protests that happen in and around Bristol. The aim of this proposal is to create a space where activists and the community and come and express their views about the current social, economic and cultural issues of today. The hope of this space is to also influence, teach and inspire others to make a change. The main space within this scheme will be the underground theatre that will be situated in the abandoned swimming pool of Jacobs Wells Baths, Bristol. The performances that will take place will be those associated with Radical Theatre. A theatrical movement, created by Bertolt Brecht, to make interact and challenge the audience, with the aim to push them to make a cultural change.
This theatre will be engrossed by the existing pool tiles and general aesthetics of a Victorian swimming pool. Continuing with this radical theme, a series of 'alien' like structures will be proposed in various other places to accommodate, short films and public facilities.
Alternative Performing Arts Venue: The Loco Klub at Brunel’s Old Station, Temple Meads describes itself as an ‘exciting underground arts and performance venue’. In keeping with the dynamic, nomadic and moderately unconventional style of the client: Invisible Circus, the design brief was formed around the concept of creating an adaptable performing arts destination that will breathe new life into the site and surrounding area. The design proposal alongside future regeneration plans will encourage new audiences to visit this upcoming part of Bristol. The project will be inspirational, transformative and able to evolve.
The scheme design will be versatile and support a variety of functions that reach out to a diverse demographic. The alterations will have a low impact on the existing building and surrounding site and be of temporary nature. Flexible use of space will mean the scheme possess the ability to be reconfigured to suit various user needs. Through its design, Loco Klub will promote environmental sustainability and inspire creativity whilst providing dynamic and sociable leisure spaces for public enjoyment. Alternative Performing Arts Venue will offer an unconventional theatre experience that challenges perceived formalities of theatre and blurs the boundaries between theatre and everyday public life.
Solidified light: Solidified light is a design proposal that regenerates the raw underground arts venue of the old railway social club. My intervention is a modern temporary structure that provide a new space within space while contrasting the existing. The purpose of my design is to redefine the perception of light and space and contrasting the venue by having dynamic structure inspired by light forms so the user can explore the new while appreciating the history.
Light has the potential to experimenting and produce dynamic shapes through modular progression and multiple projection. The produced and solidified light form encourages an approach to the space using prefabrication technology in community use spaces. The contrast between light and darkness, historic and new will provide stimulating sense within the space using translucent materials and dynamic forms.
Transparency and Movement: The Dance Centre encompasses a space to be used by students of all ages. to freely experience the art of dance. Its architecture revolves around the concept of movement and transparency. The design allows visitors to experience movement from all angles, through the use of shadows and glass panels.
The use of floating glass structures within the building allows visitors to see the dancer's shadows and their movements without revealing the clear vision that lies behind. This in itself represents a visual show whilst retaining privacy for the dancers.
The glass embedded with textures of the previous wall allows for the merging of the old and new. Whilst the use of glass represents transparency and innovation. the harsh brick-wall preserves its old architectural features.
Based at the foot of the transport hub for the West of England, Bristol Temple Meads; the Loco Klub site is at the heart of city growth and movement. It is at the centre of the Bristol Enterprise Zone, and therefore its redesign and reuse is essential for the conservation and preservation of the historic site. Loco klub is situated in the undercroft of the Passenger shed; its route towards new use has been initiated by Artspace Lifespace and Invisible Circus who have taken lease of the site to reintroduce it to the public as an immersive theatre space for performances to take place.
My design intervention proposes the installation of a growth like form, which was inspired by the filmic analysis projects that we did earlier in the year. The installation of this parametric form connects the dance movements captured in motion, with the filmic stages in each scene of a movie.
The project shown in these images represents the design of a promenade theatre within the vaults beneath Temple Meads Train Station. The concept considers the abstraction of framing in theatre such as the proscenium arch. This lead to a proposal involving a series of ‘frames’ on rails with which artists may use as a method to distinguish their performances from one another as well as the audience. The key word used in this project was ‘Palimpsest’ describing a layered theme or as noted by JCN Poon ‘ghost architecture’. As a result, the images shown here use silhouettes and layered photographs to suggest occupation and describe the interconnection of spaces and performances possible through the use of frames curated to develop a performance space. The models photographed here also reflect methods used in toy theatre to reflect the concept with photos of the site manipulated into three-dimensional images to include the intervention.
This project is to produce a design proposal which is to provide an unique opportunity for the creative and wider community in Bristol and beyond. In addition, the proposal also will provide more welcoming open space and informative visitor experience as well as increase the utilisation of the building to encourage greater usage. As the Jacob's Wells Dance Centre grows in both popularity and acclaim, and its unique provision increases in demand, the initial design brief has been developed around the notion of creating a multi-use building that encompasses a wide variety of arts, culture and activities, ideally with dance and community at it's core. The theories of undulating, experiential and repetitive elements are in connection with this main idea of the concept. This concept takes on sinuous form which vary in undulation, irregularity and direction. The form created allows users to follow the curvy routes through all the areas of the buildings.
Breaking boundaries: Addition through subtraction - the concept of creating a new space with the process of removal, defying the common approach to architecture. The project scheme involves a formerly public bathhouse conversion to a community creative center. The following scheme consist similar approach of sculptural architecture as the work of the 70’s American artist, Gordan Matta-Clark who is known for his work of splitting and cutting through building and spaces, Matta-Clark creates a new threshold on architecture. In order for the sculptural architecture concept to become reality, the project proposal consist addition of physical space on the created negative space to function as unique spaces for the users.
COMMUNITY LANDSCAPE: As our final year project, our task was to adaptively reuse the old ash pits of Temple Meads Station. The site consisting of 9 vaults and a ground level area running adjacent had minimal natural light available. My proposal suggests a creative mixed use arts venue called Community Landscape. Analysing the immediate context highlighted the surrounding constant and unstoppable motion of traffic and commuters. Translating this into the site emerges the intervention of a concrete landscape of motion in the vaults bringing the bustling city at its doors, within. By day the site will offer an interior landscape for skateboarders, cyclists etc, to fluidly flow from interior to exterior, whilst windows puncturing through to the interior landscape will provide unusual and enticing entertainment of those using the site. By night the interior landscape will be transformed into a stage for performances with ramps becoming seating areas and performers taking centre stage with the use of theatre lighting.
Dancing in the forest: My project is to remain the Bristol Dance Centre located in Jacobs Wells Road as a community dance centre. Because of the nature of the building having lots of skylights, the place could be design like an outdoor space which is where the idea of dancing in the forest derived from.
However, the idea of a forest is only used as a metaphor. Using vertical wooden panels as partition represents the tree trunks in the forest and using wire mesh as suspended ceiling to create ripples of shadow and light in the forest through the canopy. As sunlight goes out in the night, artificial lightings are hung low to create a warm and cosy feeling like a camp fire in the forest. Because of the lights hanging low, it doesn’t create shadows from the wire mesh as it does in daytime by the natural light.
The Flow Club: This is a building regeneration project, the building aims to be transformed into various functions, such as new social facilities including a restaurant, gallery and dance studio. From the new regeneration construction, I decided to keep the brick wall structure, which had been mainly supporting the building for the past century, and to remove the roof and add three different shapes of geodesic structure as the extension structure to enhance the space from the floor levels and width. The steel frame structure of the geodesic form is a new tool to remind the ages from the Victorian period’s architecture design. During the Victorian period, designers were free to combine the styles to create several different well-known styles and combine the styles as they saw fit.
The emphasis of this project will be to intervene within an existing building and place and create a sequence of spaces that perform explicit functions. The scheme should be generated with consideration for the experiential qualities of the architecture and its potential occupation. The chosen site for this project is Loco Klub located at temple meads, it is an underground arts and performance venue. I proposed promenade theatre as the performance of the site and the aim of this is to create opportunities for social and education development through participation in the art and to ensure the activities are to the benefit of the local community and encourage community learning in Bristol. The design is influenced by the symbolic significance of lanterns in Asia culture, it is borrowing the idea from the repetition of the lanterns as well as the extension of the space.