My Third Year
The first term of my final year consisted of a brief which allowed us to pick any building around the area of Brighton which was abandoned or currently empty. My chosen site was located at 87 western road, this area was very well known for its history and the variety of shops it displayed. The ethos of this year’s studio is to challenge the idea of the physical and digital world. I chose to express this idea through analysing time and history within the site.
Site Plan 1:500
Representing a collection of history and time within the site, displaying its previous programme as a florist in the 1870s.
Through collecting research and exploring the local flower shops within Brighton, an illustration of what the site may have looked like in the 1870s was made.
Different sketches and ideas were collaborated to create a new design which would live on top of the site. Copper piping and angled roofs where placed to distribute rain water in the red, yellow and blue plant bases of the roof. These colours are a reference towards the De Stijl art movement. This allowed me to leave my own piece of history within the site through representing my Dutch descent.
Day 1 of Finished Design
Chalk which has been excavated from the local cliffs is compressed and then brought to site. The chalk itself represents thousands of years of history and therefore was used as a symbolic representation for history within the site. This can be seen on the ground floor, at the front entrance.
Day 100 of Finished Design
After roughly 100 days the chalk would loose its strength and collapse due to weathering. It will then leave a trail onto the street which will eventually create a new landscape once this process is repeated and the chalk is replaced. This was an essential idea within the design process as it will represent time and history for when people may visit the site. Over time members of the public would see change and be curious as to what the purpose of the proceeding may be. This will hopefully spark collective thinking and will bring people together.
Rendering No 1
Rendering No 2
The Final Project
Throughout Term 1 I investigated how the site has changed and how it will continue to do so in the future. This allowed me to start a conversation towards acknowledging time and the layers which are held within it. Therefore, it is was only right I continued this into Term 2.
Within the second term, our next task was to provide a proposal that would be placed within a vacant building. My site was situated at 56 Western Road.
Please feel free to check out my short clip on YouTube. The video represents an ideology of how my proposal may erode, also including the relationship between the public and private spaces.
This is one of four light studies which took place in the later part of the portfolio, analysing where the light falls throughout each floor with the existing frame work still in tact. Light has been a huge part of my project and it became crucial in the orientation of design, please feel free to look at my portfolio link to see the other light studies which took place.