Modelling Interior Structures DE2014C
Hidden space: High Street 2012
Module Tutor: Janette Harris
Interior Design and Technology
Year 2 Autumn Semester
12 Week project
Our cities now have to rethink and redevelop the use of space more creatively and ingeniously than ever before. Space is precious in any context but the extra pressure cities’ face with the ever growing need to accommodate increasing populations mean that every open area is now a new possibility for spatial development. One of the most recent and fascinating is discovering Interstitial space, gaps in-between. Their appeal lies in their surprise and undiscovered disposition. Their purpose might involve a large community or an individual but because of its hidden or exposed position, providing an adventure, or unexpected experience. It provides opportunities for older established buildings to convey a new brief and therefore a new spirit, encouraging creativity and positive thinking, using a different energy. The urban master planners and the local communities have to consider a more responsible composition of ideas to our environmental needs. Sustainable energy use and material choice are to be rewarded but how does this connect with the individual and the surroundings? What is our sensory involvement? Actions that involve breathing fresh air, feeling the breeze, hearing the cars rumble by, bathing in direct light, seem fundamentally prearranged but is the experience total? How do we make this encounter poignant and memorable?
Devise a series of architectural and interior solution to engage local community with local business within the Aldgate area, with a view to future employment. The location of the structures should encourage the customers and visitors to travel to each of the three locations, offering opportunities of new perspectives, within Tower Hamlets. Design a structures/ installation within an interstitial space within an urban context Through sensory connections and architectural motives create a connection between the viewer and the landscape. Consider and plan the possible journeys, way finding and advertising to encourage engagement with each site. Consider the orientation, the high perspective and the weather to add theatre, purpose, light and shadow to the structure. The function and facility within the design should be derived from the individual research findings.