The site is defined and bound by a multitude of factors such as; the regulating urban grid, the surrounding context and character of the neighbouring buildings. The grid provides regularity, fairness, order and equality to the organisation of the buildings within. The divided city blocks vary in character dependant on land value; where typically buildings tend to maximise their allocated footprint through complete infill with higher rise buildings. Towards the periphery, spaces dissipate giving way to diminished density where an increased ratio of surface parking versus built form becomes more prevalent. An adverse effect of grade parking upon the urban fabric within certain built-up areas is that a disjuncture is formed by the observer through a lack of cohesive continuity to the streetscape. As the city grows with time inhabitants invest memories into places, spaces through individual events. The city is a living organism. It is essential that both all aspects of buildings that form part of the public conscious should be retained; for example the existing bank building.
As part of an invited competition, the proposal for the new Royal Yacht Club in Guernsey was designed to belong to the visual language of the adjacent shoreline and to be a reflection of the intended building use. The distinct 'boat like' forms tip and turn, mimicking a collection of upturned boat hulls, with the intention that local boat builders would be commissioned to make each building shape within their warehouses as part of the proposals. Public communal WC and shower blocks are segregated out from the main conjoined building forms for practical reasons, whilst a new restaurant at first floor level would democratically offer public diners as well as club members the opportunity of fantastic sea views whilst dining. The scheme was well received from both members of the public and the members alike, and was featured in the BBC's coverage of the event. In the conservative setting of the island, as anticipated, all of the proposals sparked fierce debate with the local residents, leaving all proposals unrealised.
Trade show pavilion composed of various tiles highlighting the versatility and quality of Italian tile manufacture. The design seeks to portray ceramic tiles as a dynamic, flexible and versatile surface covering. By utilising the same tiles as a wall, floor or ceiling cover forms which undulate responsively to create space, this simple homogeneity of one material utilised as surface cover creates a reinforcement of the notion that the material transcends its function as a planar covering.
The competition brief called for a design that could withstand and sustain the likely potential for future flooding. The preservation of the new building from flooding was of paramount importance to inform the new buildings design. We toyed with the notion of raising the building high in the air to avoid the associated flood risks but we felt the repercussions this had to the buildings functionality, particularly the additional distances post competing sailors would have to travel to change and warm up and also the possibility of the building becoming an intrusive presence on the natural landscape, would be detrimental to the scheme. Instead we focused on reducing travel distances to increase functionality and to facilitate this proposed a ‘sacrificial’ heavyweight robust lower ground floor capable of withstanding flooding, with a lightweight celebrational structure anchored above, to rejoice in the buildings setting by maximising views of the lake. A building to be proud of, providing facilities to be enjoyed by both sailors and spectators alike.