Changing my design a week and a half out from the ‘working drawings’ submission made for a very tiring couple of weeks but fortunately I ended up with a set of drawings I’m mostly happy with and more importantly I think the design is heading in the right direction for the ‘home straight’ that we are now entering.
My new approach is to break down the brief into phases that will develop over time to occupy the dock. In order to develop these phases and the accompanying narrative I have been looking at the work of designers and architects such as Patrick Bouchain, Exyzt, and Raumlabor. As you would see if you click on the previous links provided, the ‘Spatial Agency’ project has been a great resource in defining the latest direction for my project.
The following is a quote taken from their website regarding the work of Patrick Bouchain, and has provided a lot of inspiration for defining the ‘phases’ of my project:
Patrick Bouchain is a French architect who designs situations as much as he designs buildings, taking on a number of other roles including that of developer, political advisor, site manager, fundraiser and performer. Most of his projects begin with establishing a network of interested people, collaborators, residents, local government officials, neighbourhood groups etc. Once this network is in place, the site is activated socially, usually through opening a small space that functions as a restaurant, site office and consultation area where passers-by and interested people can find out about the project, give their views, or simply watch a film. This initial phase creates relationships between the architects, builders and local people and creates uses for the site before anything permanent is built. Through such an approach Bouchain’s projects are sustainable in the real sense of the word, ensuring that what is finally constructed is appropriate and useful for the site and makes good use of resources. Many of the projects are on an urban scale and include the reuse and refurbishments of old industrial buildings through minimum intervention.
Due to time restrictions, I have not worked out the full cycle of phases that I will explore for my final design, I have simply taken cues from Patrick to design the first phase as a small site office / cafe, with space for the exhibition of important historical information on the dock that may (hypothetically) influence decisions on what events should take place on the dock next.
Parallel to changing my brief, I have developed an approach to building on the floating dock that will scavenge for other disused industrial objects that can be re-used in the way that the dock itself is being re-purposed. The working drawings begin to outline this strategy by creating a visual inventory of objects to be salvaged for the construction.