Repurpose Scaffold

Following from Tuesday tutorial, thinking of what are the function to repurpose scaffolding on the facade of the building, I was looking back at the facade of my site and notice that there are very few buildings that had balcony. This led me to read articles related to balcony building culture in New York which I found an article “NYC balconies and rooftops: covetable outdoor spaces in the city“. It  mentions how some New Yorkers are frustrated of their workspace or their living space that are open onto fire escape.

“My new New York apartment has an ‘outdoor space,’ and by that I mean one of my windows opens onto a fire escape. While I’m perfectly happy with that — it’s just the right size for watching the sun set and sipping a beer, or maybe even growing tomatoes (!) when the weather gets warm enough — I still get a twinge of jealousy when I see apartments with actual balconies, or even entire rooftops. There’s something about being in the city yet still being surrounded by greenery that’s so appealing.” 

So I was thinking of making a new living space where the community of the same building can share together and creating hubs for more functions like the smoking area for offices (I’ve looked into regulations of smoking in premises in NY and found out that workplace smoking just became illegal starting from this year, which is a relatively new experience for the New Yorkers).


this is the first idea of a hub and will continue in looking into more options like:

Offices: Smoking area, gym/game room, product display (giving that offices have limited place to display/advertise their work)

Living: Communal area, private balcony, work display (some artist have been working and living within this area)

Retails on ground level: still thinking…

I will be cataloging the possibilities of these spaces with scaffolding.


In NY, besides visiting the site and talking to the locals there, I was thinking of paying a visit to the neighbourhood associations to get more information. Also, if there is time, I will visit some of the designed scaffolds which I’ve shown from the previous post.


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  1. As we discussed on Tuesday it will be important to make a series of drawings that show the buildings + temporary scaffolding + permanent scaffolding, the buildings + permanent scaffolding, and then just the permanent scaffolding to really show how the Local Law 11 suggests this condition of a city lived on the scaffolding. This will enhance the suggestiveness of your proposal to programme the scaffolding as another terrain to be utilised in space-hungry New York.

    This is a photograph of brick pillars erected at Buonconsiglio Castle in Italy during World War II.
    The pillars were installed to support the arches against bomb damage. The photograph is taken from AA Files no.70 which you should be able to access online through the library. The article includes details of other secondary structures that were erected to protect buildings and monuments during the war. This might be interesting to look at while thinking about how additions looked upon as temporary can transform a building whilst also becoming part of it. Start to think about not just how the scaffolding would be used but how the use or building might determine a very carefully designed scaffold. As we said on Tuesday, does a luxury store have finely crafted scaffolding from luxurious materials?

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