Thursday, 25 April 2013

Latest General Arrangement

Exploration of three core axes that tie together the irregular forms of the site can be seen in the general arrangement below. The relationship between the vast number of programs are made are simplified by the introduction of the three axes.


Sunday, 14 April 2013

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Thesis Development Sketches

The masterplan in the previous post highlights the presence of shifting boundaries and the significance of creating a new boundary for the canal system, commercial shipping network and the social extents of the town. The concept of the masterplan is to reconnect the town to the coast but to keep elements of the sea removed to encourage the intervention play with the theme of absence.

From a pragmatic perspective the plan to reintroduce the coastal boundary of the 13th century has an understated potential. The flood planes will accommodate mussel and oyster beds which in turn will combat the seasonal nature of the agricultural industries. This brings us back to the boundary where a series of nodes and connections will be created to link the town center with new industries and the existing coastline. 

The development sketches below show the transition between the calm waters of the newly created canal and the turbulent nature beyond the intervention. This will become the key node in the materplan and a point where sculpted hard landscaping meets the dynamic soft landscape of the estuary. 

     

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Hydro-electric Powerstation / becker architekten

I stumbled upon this hydro-electric station on archdaily.com and the concept struck me as having a similarity with the transition I have been through from engineering to architecture. The deep technical core of the building is wrapped in a elegant concrete exterior that marries the structure with the protected plant built in the 1950's along the river Iller, Germany. The project has significant relevance to my Design Thesis on Boston, Lincolnshire as it is concerned with the boundary of a river and its control over a place.