The way we access cultural and public buildings is fundamental to our engagement with them: how familiar we are within them, and the degree to which we feel a sense of ownership of them. In particular the re-use of older buildings presents both the resident and the visitor with conditions and restrictions; throwing down a challenge to disclose and reveal what might originally have been designed as closed and private. We will focus on scenography: the site and building as an architectural stage set, choreographing immersive interactions and creating a ‘theatre of the everyday’.
The challenge: How do we make permeable the impermeable?
The focus: La Friche – Marseille / The Bussey Building – Peckham
Both are inner-city factory sites reconceived as cultural hubs housing multiple residents: theatre and dance companies, creative industry start-ups, performance, event and recreational spaces, galleries and studios. Both sit resolutely within their local and regional communities. Both have a strong community emphasis and a shared desire to experiment with and engage with their neighbours.
For thirty and twenty years respectively the two sites have been generating, creating and supporting artistic and urban freedom, helping to realise a playground for society and a home for artistic adventure.
How do we use these buildings in a way that celebrates, unearths and reveals the history and fabric of the structure whilst being of today, of the moment, and of the future? What are the tools both old and current that can be applied to help us realise our aims?
We will develop interior propositions to create focal points, diversions, interruptions and activators to encourage the engagement of audiences with the multiple facades within the building. Spaces may be reimagined and intervened with to form playgrounds and performance spaces: transitory, flexible work/play-space or temporal rest space.
Studio Int 02: State of Independence Live Project
Kaye Newman and Janette Harris
The last few years has seen a significant growth of co-working spaces that operate in the adapted shells of buildings whose original purpose has become redundant. The premise of operating together with shared facilities seems to be a good economic model where different businesses can share the costs and in turn network, expanding business opportunities. However, what of the individual company, what of their identity – how does this manifest itself as separate and distinct entity?
Studio Int 03: Portraits D’Intérieurs
Cecilia Sjoholm and Iain Hales
Taking the notion ‘room portrait’ – the idea that a room may describe an individual as well as a portraitist might – the studio will develop designs for a series of rooms that are representative or evocative of a person, or a particular character, of each student’s choosing.
Studio Int 04: Im/Permeable
Andrew Siddall and Suzanne Smeeth-Poaros
The way we access cultural and public buildings is fundamental to our engagement with them: how familiar, comfortable and at ease we are within them, and the degree to which we feel a sense of ownership of them. We will focus on scenography: the site and building as an architectural stage set, choreographing immersive interactions and creating a ‘theatre of the everyday’.
Studio Int 05: Aberrant Architecture
Kevin Haley and Sam Brown
After 29 March 2019 the UK will have to re-think its identity and question who is Britain? This impending date marks our exit of the European Union and the start of a new chapter in British history. With every culture, sub-culture and tribe comes a unique set of identities, rituals, traditions, customs, myths and folklore.