BATTERSEA DEVELOPMENT BOOK
TABLE OF CONTENTS
HYPOTHESIS TO REALITY 4 BRIEF DEFINITION 12 FORM MODELLING 34 INITIAL DESIGN 35 MARK I 64 MARK II 120 MARK III 201 FINAL DESIGN 202 PLANS 210 SECTIONS 216 EXPLODED AXO 218 RENDERS
PROJECT III THE INTERVENTION DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
The creation of ‘community centres’ to supplement the local infrastructure in a way that can be beneficial to all facets of society. These are in terms of health, education, childcare and leisure. Interventions that would be fully integrated into the local area with the use of interstitial spatial units, a connected network of which act as the first stages of regenerating the area of Battersea. This must be explored, in the site quarter, methodically and strategically. Placing these interventions in the correct places is essential: ie learning-based interventions supplementing existing learning infrastructure, health based interventions supplementing existing health based infrastructure and so on. Thus, upon visiting Battersea, possible interstitial sites must be mapped against existing infrastructure to give an indication of possible typological usage. The individual character of the interstitial spatial unit must also be taken into account to determine its contextual appearance and method of functionality. I have expressed in excessive detail during the process of sustainability and flexibility, especially true in the matrix, which shows another fundamental need: the interstitial space to be reintegrated into urban framework. However I must not be blinkered in this approach. I must consider, as has been said, the individual identity and rich history of the individual spaces and celebrate the ‘fortuitous’ urban void.
‘a network of community-based, interventions designed to supplement existing infrastructure in health, education, childcare and leisure. To ensure integration into the existing framework and sustainable use of local resources these interventions are to be sited in ‘interstitial spaces’ who’s character will be explicit in their aesthetic and functional system’
SENSORY NARRATIVE Boundary spaces used as sensorial ‘buffers’ between forms of differing function. SUBCONSCIOUS SEN- Sensory perception of different sites created according to program, SORY SEPARATION form reflecting function. FRAGMENTED SEPARA- Experiential expression of a fragmented plan. TION DYNAMICALLY INCON- A diverse network of interventions with differing functions therefore asGRUOUS DIVORCE sisting the established infrastructure in many ways. DISCORDANT DYNAMISM Different functions within an intervention can work inconsequentially of one another. FUNCTIONAL RELATION- In accordance with the above some spaces are connected according SHIP to function, resulting in separated zones in the building. INTERSTITIAL UTILISA- Interstitial spaces within the intervention created and used for storage TION thus reflecting the site’s original nature. EVOLUTIONARY UTILISA- Functions within the new intervention utilise the historic context in an TION explicit way. EVOLUTIONARY REGEN- Functionally flexible spaces created alongside specific ones therefore ERATION lending multifunctionality in its specific field.
BRIEF SITE SPECIFIC PARAMETERS SENSORY NARRATIVE An evocative site with its own individual character. SUBCONSCIOUS SEN- The number of sites must evoke differing sensorial character. SORY SEPARATION FRAGMENTED SEPARA- A fragmented, non-cohesive site which will lend an architectural chalTION lenge therefore lending a richer result. DYNAMICALLY INCON- Incongruity across the site again therefore giving it greater richness. GRUOUS DIVORCE DISCORDANT DYNAMISM Situated in an appropriately dynamic environment according to its function. FUNCTIONAL RELATION- A network of sites established which have connections between each SHIP other. INTERSTITIAL UTILISA- Utilising interstitial ‘left-over’ spaces. TION EVOLUTIONARY UTILISA- A site with a history and components that can be utilised in the interTION vention, be they explicit or implicit. EVOLUTIONARY REGEN- A decayed site that is in need of regeneration. ERATION
SENSORY NARRATIVE A sensory narrative to be established through the intervention evocative toward its functional activity. SUBCONSCIOUS SEN- Form of the new intervention must be reflective of the siteâ€™s interstitial SORY SEPARATION nature. FRAGMENTED SEPARA- Fragmented forms within the interventions give adventurous appeal TION within the building encouraging exploration. DYNAMICALLY INCON- Incongruous forms used to push spaces apart. GRUOUS DIVORCE DISCORDANT DYNAMISM Exciting spatial forms created through dynamic incongruity. FUNCTIONAL RELATION- Different interventions connected by aesthetic form, must create a SHIPS network of buildings that are obviously linked. INTERSTITIAL UTILISA- Individuality expressed in facade with inventive use of locally sourced TION components. EVOLUTIONARY UTILISA- These individual components expressed individually and, from this, a TION narrative established gradually forming a cohesive whole. EVOLUTIONARY REGEN- A sustainable, evolutionary facade which has uses in its own right. ERATION
HYPOTHETICAL TO REAL
Projects I + II established a hypothetical reality upon which a relevant and informed architectural intervention may be placed. The tools that have been developed through the nine conceptual approaches, concieved in project I, are the main driving force behind the progression of written brief into fully defined architectural form. The link between the hypothetical ramblings of the brief definition process and final design is key and, as such, if facilitated through the three sets of parameters as defined in the brief: Program, Site and Form. The programmatic considerations have been addressed through the further brief definitions undertaken through the most recent ‘brief book’. These can be graphically represented by the program schedule. Site parameters were dealt with similarly through the ‘site book’. These can be graphically addressed in the site strategy drawing which is the condensation of all nine parameter values into one, informative, map. This leaves the last set of briefic parameters to consider: Form. With all background writing, research, mapping and drawing this is a key stage of the conversion from hypothetical to real. Therefore looking back to the matrix, ‘an array of architectural fundamentals or elements multiplied by the architectural techniques derived from the nine drawings’, is important as further, original, ideas can be derived to thus inform the vital initial design development.
HYPOTHETICAL TO REAL
Through considering the briefic parameters against these eighty-one spatial effects, and considering the aforementioned programmatic and site specific issues (program schedule and site strategy), development into visual, architectural form can begin. This is achieved through modelling. Breaking into 3d forms initially, before any real limited design drawing has begun is the most expressive way of presenting these ideas. These models will have a scale, and will relate to the site directly to ensure that they are relevant and not simply returning to the realm of the hypothetical. In short, a series of models for each form parameter will be completed, this will ensure full development of the ideas behind said concepts and thus a more full realisation of their defined values. These formular models will, as such, become references, along with this matrix and the initial parameters, for more detailed design work later in this process. Over the next few pages is the initial images of the site model, then the individual models sitting within it.
INITIAL DESIGN 3D TO 2D These descriptive models have visualised, in tectonic, editable form, the aesthetic and intimate details of the applicability and working of the briefic, formular parameters. This initial stage of the implementation of the brief into the aesthetic and fundamental workability of the design is an essential progression to thus allow the further manipulation of ideas stemming from Project I into the final design. Therefore this is the stage at which detailed design decisions can begin to formulate. Therefore a series of design drawings and texts can begin.
INITIAL DESIGN MARK I
INITIAL DESIGN MARK II
The initial proposal outlined through Mark I was very much an initial approach and by no means definitive. The form parameters were seemingly not abided with and as such the definite approach taken through projects I and II somewhat lost. Thus a revisitation of the concepts under the headings: SENSORY NARRATIVE SUBCONSCIOUS SENSORY SEPARATION FRAGMENTED SEPARATION DYNAMICALLY INCONGRUOUS DIVORCE DISCORDANT DYNAMISM FUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS INTERSTITIAL UTILISATION EVOLUTIONARY UTILISATION EVOLUTIONARY REGENERATION A process of drawing and text formulated the approach.
INITIAL DESIGN MARK III
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FINAL DESIGN DESIGN MARK IV
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