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besiege of happiness

The Brief

Will work on the boundary between Whitechapel and the City of London, immersing ourselves in the complexities and contradictions of one of London’s most socially, physically and spatially divided and distinct territories. Working simultaneously in the jurisdictions of Tower Hamlets and the Corporation of London, we will investigate, analyse, unravel and experiment with the myriad of social, economic, political and cultural forces that characterise and shape both areas.


Idea of Research “Whitechapel is a dangerous place.� thats what i heard before i went there for the site visit. But after visiting the City of London and Whitechapel, I found it not to be too scary. Instead of saying whitechapel is a dangerous place, i felt the city of London was uncomfortable as well. Thus i decided to find the components behind the fear, the elements that make people feel fear.


Fear of the City

Emotional Fear analysis Fear could be anything, darkness, atmostphere, sound, idea, association, etc. And i tried to put them in three topic to analysis. Emotional : About the ideas, thoughts, assciation Spataial : Visibility, material, tectonic

FEAR Sensory

Sensory : physically, sound, touch, cold, dark




Visibility Sometimes Fear is produced by unknow. In this case, the section showing when people walk through the bridge their visibility will change by the level-difference. When the people feel frightened by the narrow and cannot see through the view behind the bridge. Once they get close to the dead-end the fear will rise to the top, but after the view has opened up again the fear decrease.



Speed The walking speed will affect fear as well. The visibility section explained the fear changes on pedley street bridge. Once the people feel fear in a space, they will slow down their walking speed to walk carefully. Becasue you cannot see through the wall, unexpected things happening behind the wall.



Association in City of London Walking Between the buildings on the street in the City of London, the height and the density of the buildings makes the sky appear small when walking on the street. People cannot see the real sky which conjours up images such as King Kong and UFOs. People might imagine tower cranes falling from buildings and perhaps further crazy things but these are all fears based in their head and are personal.


Association in Whitechapel Whitechapel is a quite old district, some building or the facility there were ruined and rusted. Flaking walls and collapsing arches, makes me associate things that i saw from the movies, like ghost, terrorist and the death. The old texture from the surrounding makes the element of fear imagination come up again.


Component Barbed wire, abnormal graffiti, flaking walls, decaying corrugated panels, etc. Basically the object itself doesn’t put the fear into people but combined with each other, that makes the fear appear. Barbed wire won’t hurt you if you don’t touch it but it’s always associated with pain, dirt and fear.



Underpasses Connecting the north side and the west side of Whitechapel, those underpasses not only provide ways to pass but also making some dark spaces. The dark underpass had different spatial qualities, most of them dark, wet, and associated with bad things that could happen inside. Smells, Sounds, Cold tempratures and Darkness is what the person feels which leads to the fear.


Component In city of London, the building material and some components in the city makes people fear. Most of the office towers are made with metal and concrete. The curtain wall facade, the density of building, all made the space have physicalchanges. The thermal capacity was low in curtain facade building, makes temperture of the city more uncomfortable for the human to stay, it’ll be too hot in the day time and too cold in the night time.


Small component The analysis on the street in the city of London. The Security guard : Always following the stranger. Even the public will be watched. CCtvs installed every where in the city, the aim was to secure the city. But at the same time, it makes people feel caged, being stared at every moment. The construction site: the noise and the polution from there make people feel uncomfortable.



History background The site area was an open area attached to Allen garden. A decade ago, there was a nice space for the resisdence there. But after the extension construction for the London Line, the rail way cut off the big open area and brought a lot of problems to the site. From the images, we can see there is a fun-fair happening in that big open area.

East London Line Circulation Transportation District Line


Social Context From Brick lane to the site area, the atmonspere kind of like transits from bustling to slient. From the density of the shops and the people that all makes the site more slient. Different connection, the site is connecting the Allen Garden, the bridge to Cheshire St. and the Pedley Street.


Site The Site is surrounded by the rail and separated totally from the socialty. But surrounded by the rail way makes the site easier to discover rather than being on an island of its own.


Design Proposal

Idea The Design is getting the resisdents to use the public space in thePursuit of happiness away from the forgotten city in whitechapel. The site has a lot of memories from people, linkning it with ruins, illegal activities, graffiti etc. The idea is to bring these people together in a suited place to attract the residents to join in and set up businesses themselves.


Concept Fun-fair is based on the history of the forgotten atmosphere for the whole space. Graffiti is for the graffiti artist to do their own work there in a legalized place. Market stalls draw the people to come and sell their own things. This could be handmaking tranditional things or other goods. Theater: a big event space for the whole architecture. Once an event or show is underway, the noise lights and activity will draw in more people.

coceptual model


Program interaction The program placed horizontally at the begining, so its kind like a street when people walk beside the site boundary, but the interaction between program was getting weak. Merging the Market stall and Theater to the ground level to promote the interactions between the programs. Fun-fair produced as a atmosphere for the whole space.


Version 1 Event Space, Landscape and street store Connecting the circulation from Allen Garden and Cheshire St. When people pass through the path they are able to pass into the pavillion for an event or into the store. Quality of the market space Darkness of some space



Version 2 Event Space, playscape and street store. Reducing the weight of the pavilion. Adding the panels along the side axis of the market. The playscape is on the top floor. The seating area of the event space will have a vsriety of different terraces. The Pavilion is attaching to the boundary that makes just one side of interaction for each path.


concept perspective axis market stall


Version 3 Event space, playscape and street store. Stepping back the pavilion boundary from the site boundary to increase the interaction between people from various sides.

There are two seperate programs so the people cannot intersct and link up in the space. G

Section G



Version 4 Weaving the circulation to form the space. But the public can see through the space easily.

Too heavy for the pavilion. Not enough transparency. H

Section H



Perspective The left view is from the market street from Version 4. The pavilion was a bit too heavy for the space so after programing and forming the pavilion, I am trying to reduce the weight of the pavilion. Frstly reducing the weight of the partition, its now rounded from the covered area, and rounded upside down on the top. Thus the lower level looks and feels more transparent. More lighting will get through the pavilion.


The Grid Pixelating the Version 4 plan, The grid is 450mm by 450 as this is a standard human seat size. The Grid is takes the form of a hollowed out cuboid so that the lighting can pass through the pavilion.


Module After pixelating the plan, then trying to extrude the structure from the pavilion. But organizing with the programing of the version 4. The left one is based on the form of the underpasses but use the hollowed out cuboid to form. The right one is shifting the supporting structure to the center of walking path.



Location The plan is attaching the site boundary by point. To create a different entrance for people from a different way, Pedly Street Bridge, Allen garden and Pedley Street.


Pedley S

Allen Garden


Sunpath The shadows affect the ribs structure greatly. The programs opening hours are decided by the sun path. Once the shadow goes over the stage area then the color panels cause the space to be shaded by different colors. It becomes a natural lighting effect for the stage. this also happens when the area from the left part of the structure is shaded between the opening hours to the end of the market.


Design Process The Version 4 design makes the pavilion very rigid and heavy. Tent to reduce the weight of the structure and being more playful. The structure is used to refine the edges by connecting the upper together, this makes it looks weightless. Connecting the sections to be a solid geometry. Reduce the weight by the ribs structure and transparency of the space. Using the shadow study, a design of a path can be placed on the top of the structure. It gives shade for the space underneath.


Part Model The part model is showing the stage part of the theater; the interaction between the platform and the ground floor. The people can see through the pavilion and see the shows on the ground stage. And the color panels would be the natural support light for the stage as well.


Model The model is to show the whole structure and how the lighting works in the pavilion. Alongside the overall envelope of the pavilion.





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Besiege of Happiness  

Architecture Studio at Brighton University INTEGRATE AND INNOVATE By Ping Wong

Besiege of Happiness  

Architecture Studio at Brighton University INTEGRATE AND INNOVATE By Ping Wong