Hanging in there!!


Hanging in there!!

I was ( am ) trying to define a language for the other two sites to intervene within, the same way I already started to develop the language for the other site using the rhythm and pattern already existing on site, and then I could add the ‘supplement’ layer to it!

I started to think about the void in which I want to intervene, and looking at context I started noticing the way in which the site faced the street and what was prevailing there ( images bellow) was the vast side elevations to which had little interest – perhaps little architectural design thought and mostly used for advertising and graffiti.

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It reads like a canvas- a large mural!


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With that in mind, I though that this particular intervention could use this language of the blank canvas- translated into large wall/ mural.

I would insert in the void this large fragmented walls (differing in sizes etc) to which the stairs could cling on to… similar to the main image above and relate to the language of the fire escapes, these can project through openings and thresholds much like the Whitney Museum. I was also thinking about permanence and solidity of these walls and the American  Folk Art Museum had a similar feel to the street frontage as Im currently imagining for this intervention.

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Some very crude drawings illustrate below….

A model will follow later this week!

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It also remined me of a project by Steven Holl – The Storefront for Art and Architecture ( below) where it seems like a wall but it moves and open up to the street and closing itself…perhaps I could develop a similar language where the stairs become this mechanical thing, hiding, moving and extending between these walls and onto the street? ?


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Developing the brief further I started to re-write the brief  and define each void… work in progress and it’s the first draft…. Just though I could do with some opinion on it!

Museum of Uncollectibles – Brief 24.02


One thought on “Hanging in there!!

  1. Your second choice of site is a good one and I like how those blank expanses of wall start to be a canvas for your intervention but at the moment from the image, it seems too heavy and too formally similar to your other intervention with the arches. The reference of the panels at Storefront is a good one since it really activates the space at certain times and completely closes it off at others. That could be an interesting way to activate/ deactivate your museum through how the user finds the stair and figures out how to access it. In a way it could be a return to your initial interest in Escher, and perspectival alignment like in the game Monument Valley (I sent you a reference on that awhile ago) but also look at anamorphic projection and how by playing with a strategic view you can make your architecture disappear/ appear. Artists such as Georges Rousse and Felice Varini use this technique in their work/ the old Channel 4 logos used it too which would be an interesting technique for this second site. The blankness of the walls and the way they could be appropriated reminded me of this one wall on the side of a pub in Clerkenwell in London that has had different murals or artwork installed on it regularly such as this: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/optical-illusion-shows-house-sliced-in-half-revealing-interior-10087809.html or this one: https://oneshotoneride.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/one-shot-one-ride-150-clerkenwell-wall/ that was more anamorphic since it only aligned from one point and then broke apart as your drove past.
    Your brief is a good start into understanding the strategy through which you approach the three different sites. But the sentence where you say, “The museum straddles on preservation of the L.E.S and its context and also working as an agent of change promoting regeneration of the L.E.S and bringing attention to the changing fabric and landscape of the area.” – I think this is confusing -are you advocating for preservation or development? Are you accepting change but trying to find ways to preserve elements of buildings despite that? Can your project be mis-read to be revealing the potential of certain voids for development with the stairs or is it a cautionary tale? Maybe reword this to really identify what your position is with regard to preservation in the LES and how your proposal manifests that. Looking forward to seeing more models and the strategy for the third site on Tuesday!

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