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Dossier. Margate Winter Gardens: Step by Step Guide to Place Making Samantha Li


Stages.


STAGE 01 3 - 14

Preparation & Brief STAGE 02

17 - 26

Concept Design STAGE 03

29 - 34

Design Development STAGE 04

37 - 46

Technical Design STAGE 05

49 - 54

Specialist Design


Stage 01.


Preparation & Brief To inspect techniques that are used to enhance a decaying coastal town, a visit to experience Margate was crucial. The initial brief questioned the approach to improve the use of Winter Gardens. By integrating the general public as a starting point, an investigation on tourists spaces and public transport in Margate was important. This led to the research of two communities that exist in Margate. The permanent community consisted of four discussion groups; Margate Civic Society, Margate Town Team, Dreamland Trust and Margate Historical Society. From researching, it proved that all four groups currently do not have a general space to discuss. The current office spaces differs in location to the discussion and conference spaces. With the transient community, the focus was on public transport, in particular bus passengers arriving into Margate. A recording of the bus stop outside Winter Gardens, displayed buses arriving hourly in which the last bus arrived 15 minutes late. There were no sign of activity or result of passengers arriving or departing. Therefore, by researching the current facilities and use, a requirements diagram for each and both communities collectively was developed. Compiling bus times, Winter Gardens and discussion group time and events, a diagram to show crucial moments to interfere was produced, in particular, a moment to challenge dwell time. A zoning diagram of Winter Gardens current use shows the rear of the building inactive, which provides an opportunity to create a new entrance, that buses, cars and pedestrians can access. The business case and project objectives was to produce a hub, where activities and programmes were developed to challenge dwell time, and the potential of how an interior space can be treated as an urban atmosphere. A study of urban cities and it’s configurations was explored which was further researched in Stage 02.

01.

3

Margate Analysis


4


RECEPTION AND MAIN ENTRANCE QUEEN’S HALL BALCONY FOYER MAIN HALL STAGE MALL HALL TOILETS FOYER + ENTRANCE TO MAIN HALL CAFÉ/BAR STORAGE SEATING STORAGE

1911 - 1960

2000 - Present

WINTER GARDENS EXISTING USE

RECEPTION AND MA QUEEN’S HALL BALCONY FOYER MAIN HALL STAGE

02.

Existing zones

03.

1911 - 1960 use

04.

2000 - present use

MALL HALL TOILETS

FOYER + ENTRANCE HALL CAFÉ/BAR STORAGE SEATING STORAGE

5

02.


a

Discussion + conference

b Concert c

Orchestra

d Gaming e

Banquet hall

f

Banquet hall

g Banquet hall in use h Concert

a

b

c

d

e

f

g 03.

h 04.

6


PERMANENT OFFICE SPACE

17, CT9 1UJ

PUBLIC MEETING SPACE

CT9 2JJ CURRENT FACILITIES

2 x SEPERATE OFFICE SPACE

18, CT9 1DS

4 x SEPERATE MEETING SPACE

31-33, CT9 1DS REQUIREMENTS

PUBLIC MEETING SPACE

CT9 1BD

05.

Permanent community: discussion groups current facilities and requirements

7

1 x LIMI SPACE


ITED

4 x TEMPORAL PUBLIC MEETING SPACE

PERMANENT PUBLIC FORUM SPACE

8


CURRENT FACILITIES

1 x SHELTER

1 x BENCH

REQUIREMENTS

CAFÉ

06.

Transient community: bus passengers arriving into Margate current facilities and requirements

9

1x SC


x ADVERTISEMENT CREEN

2 x INFORMATION BOARDS

MEETING POINT

BUS WAITING FACILITIES

10


Bus arrival and departure Bus 33 33 arrival and departure Bus 33 arrival and departure Margate Civic Society meetings Margate Civic Society Meetings Margate Civic Society Meetings Dreamland Trust Meetings Dreamland Trust meetings Dreamland Trust Meetings Margate Town Team Meetings Margate Town Team meetings Margate Town Team Meetings Winter Gardens Events Winter Garden Events Winter Gardens Events

February 19:30 Two meetings and Winter Gardens events held later than the last bus

June 18:00 Winter Gardens events and meeting held closer towards the last bus time

July 14:00 Afternoon events at Winter Gardens are adjacent to the 13:50 bus arrival and departure

December 18:00 Winter Gardens events and meeting held closer towards the last bus time

00:00 07.

Bus, Winter Gardens and discussion group time and events diagram

08.

11

Proposed zoning and requirements

January

07.


a

Use of the rear inactive mid-level zone

b Communities c

Requirements

d Programmes and activities

USE OF THE REAR INACTIVE MID LEVEL ZONE

a REQUIREMENTS

PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES

b

c

08.

d

12


a

Paris

b Barcelona c

London

d Manhattan

a

09.

13

Grid cities analysis

b


c

d

14


Stage 02.


Concept Design The strategy to meet an urban atmosphere within an interiors and to accommodate a mass of the general public, was to investigate scale, proportions and interpretation of materials. The project solely focused on the rear of the building where a large stainless steel grid structure was introduced to contain smaller interior pieces. Taking a large container that fits smaller components as freely or compact as possible, initiates the idea of an urban interior. This idea produced a design development of a facade and canopy that would include small micro architecture pieces underneath. Architectural elements such as the stainless steel grid and steel conductive floor, would be produced specifically to fit Winter Gardens. Whereas, the design of the micro architecture pieces would be modular and be an economic form of production.

EXISTING MID LEVEL WINTER GARDENS

With the stainless steel grid and steel conductive floor, it would provide an electrical current (like dodgems in fairgrounds) for the micro architecture pieces to move around freely as a device and therefore produce various configurations of cross-programming. The idea of creating the micro architecture pieces as devices links back to urbanising the interior.

NEW FACADE EMBEDDED INTO THE GRID

01.

17

Main design moves


EXISTING REAR FAÇADE REMOVED

GRID FROM ORIGINAL CEILING PLAN INSTALLED

RAMP AND ROUNDABOUT ACCESSIBILITY INSTALLED

MICRO ARCHITECTURE INSTALLED AND CONNECTED

18


a

1 x Stainless steel grid

b 1 x Galvanised steel mesh c

1 x Steel conductive floor

d 1 x Facade structure e

7 x LED Linear light panels

f

8 x Large movable woven glass facade panels

g 1 x Concrete ramp h 18 x Circular light panels i

9 x Small fixed woven glass facade panels

j

10 x LED Diagonal light panels

k

8 x Micro Architecture

a

b

c

e

f

h

i

j

k

d 02.

Kit of Parts

03.

Proposed materials

g 19

02.


l

Woven fibre glass

m 50mm stainless steel tube n Galvanised steel mesh o Stainless steel box section p Plywood q Glass clamp r

Rubber sheets

s

Acrylic sheets

l

m

n

o

p

q

r 03.

s

20


04.

21

Roof floor plan 1:1000


22


A

05.

Mid-level floor plan in plaza configuration 1:500

23


B

A

B

24


06.

06.

Rear Elevation 1:200

07.

Sectional Elevation A - A 1:200

25

07.


26


Stage 03.


Design Development The design development focused on the design of each micro architecture pieces, and the configurations they can create. The design of each micro architecture was based on being transformable. Each module would have it’s own feature and programme, however using the default same materials of stainless steel tube, plywood, rubber flooring and acrylic sheets. The design development takes into consideration on how the pieces could be unhooked from the stainless steel grid canopy and go out to visit Margate to produce the same activities and programmes introduced out into the urban atmosphere. The devices act as a form of contributing to the regeneration. Various lighting was also explored and introduced, inspired by dodgems and bright fairground lights.

01.

01.

Plaza mode

02.

Forum mode

29

02.


30


1

2

3

1

03.

04.

1

2

03.

Illluminated shelter

04.

Garden space

05.

Reading room

06.

Pop-up shop

07.

Discussion + meeting space

31

05.


2

1

06.

1

07.

2

32


REPLICATE EXISTING CIRCULAR LIGHTING

a

DIAGONAL LED LIGHTING

REPLICATE EXISTING CIRCULAR LIGHTING

Replicate existing circular lighting

b Diagonal LED lighting c

Linear LED lighting

LINEAR LED LIGHTING DIAGONAL LED LIGHTING

REPLICATE EXISTING CIRCULAR LIGHTING a

b

c

DIAGONAL LED LIGHTINGLINEAR LED LIGHTING

7

MID-LEVEL CEILING PLAN 1:100 LINEAR LED LIGHTING

MID-LEVEL CEILING PLAN 1:100

7

REPLICATE EXISTING CIRCULAR LIGHTING

DIAGONAL LED LIGHTING

LINEAR LED LIGHTING

MID-LEVEL CEILING PLAN 1:100 08.

08.

Ceiling plan + lighting diagram 1:500

09.

Axonometric of whole scheme 1:1250

33

7 MID-LEVEL CEILING PLAN 1:100

7


09.

34


Stage 04.


Technical Design During the technical design, the focus was on the integration of materials to produce one micro architecture piece. A diagram was produced to show all the components and pieces fitting together and how economically feasible it would be to produce a mass of micro architecture. The intention of this diagram was to guide the construction process of a 1:10 prototype. Initially, the intention of the prototype was to be made out of a remote control car taken apart. However, when the pieces were removed, the process required more time and care into studying the individual pieces to extend the wheel rod to fit onto the 1:10 prototype. Therefore, the prototype is not a working prototype but instead, explores the size and materiality of the micro architecture.

4

1 5

The 1:20 detail drawing of the movable facade shows how the materials come together in order for this movement to happen. It shows the impact of how the new introduced facade has on the existing structure and to the canopy that holds services and lighting.

2x

2

6

1x

3

7

1x 01.

DIY CafĂŠ Micro Architecture Diagram + CafĂŠ shelter

37


8

9

2x 16 x

4x

1x 1x

4x

1x

2x

4x

2x

2x

1

1x

2x

4x

2x

2

2x

1x

2x

1x 2x

4x

1x

38


02.

39

Remote control machine taken apart


40


03.

Mechanism + construction using a steel bending device

41


42


04.

43

DIY CafĂŠ Micro Architecture prototype


44


05.

05.

Sectional Elevation B - B 1:200

06.

Movable facade detail 1:20

45


a b

c

d

e

f

06.

a

Canopy cladding with services

b

Steel box section 150 x 200mm

c

Steel CHS facade frame

d

Existing facade

e

Triple glazing in aluminium-wood frame

f

Glass-fibre fabric, silicone coated 46


Stage 05.


Specialist Design The project portrays a playful and humorous quality that also investigates scale and proportions, therefore, the overall whole model was produced in scale, however the activities, programmes and conversations that happen were produced at a larger scale. The intention of the model was to made interactive and users would be prompted to play with the model and make up their own configurations with the micro architecture pieces. However, the main focus was to portray the cheerfulness of the proposal. The internal and external views were hand drawn in a light, linear technique to express the colours and the liveliness of the project.

01.

49

Overall model


50


02.

Sketch of micro architecture

03.

Exterior view illustration

51

02.

03.


52


04.

Sketch of micro architecture

05.

Interior view illustration

53

04.

05.


54


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