I have decided that Monday's will be my days where I share with you all some inspiring architectural projects that I have come across, whose ideas and concepts reflect my interests and outlook that inspires the architecture I create.
This is a blog of all things that inspire me and I feel that along with all the fashion inspiration and outfit posts, I have somewhat lost part of the focus for this blog: architecture. Architecture has always been a fascinating field to me, yet recently I've been stuck in a rut as to my directions in the architectural field. I feel that keeping this blog updated once a week will help me enliven my interests in architecture and remind me why I have never been able to just tear my ideas, thoughts and creativeness away from this field.
I hope that all my fashion followers won't see this as a deterrent to my blog, rather something new and exciting.
The project I have decided to post today, is about the architecture of experience. The Final Major Project of Leeds Metropolitan University graduate, Charlotte Wilson, is an piece of architecture that tells the story of Women at War. The project not only tells a historical narrative through its design, but physically deals with the re-modelling and re-animation of a 1960s underground cold war bunker.
The site is situated within a unique cliff side location in Bempton. Disintergrating and of great historical interest, its is the proposed site of this project.
The bunker accommodates four main stages, Past, Present, Reflection and Remembrance;
Past: The main Exhibition Space is located within and around the bunker with the focused narrative being of the two different stories of ‘Women at War’ (situated within the bunkers walls) and ‘Women at Home’ (breaking out of the bunker to create new spaces). This gives the idea of the Women at Home being ‘Behind the Scenes’ and supporting the Women at War. This experience will house the stories of Women from 1914 to 2000 through interactive stations, silo spaces and archived resources with the experience being of an intimate nature. At the heart of the exhibition is an interactive time line structure which contains an immersive eerie environment within it’s walls reminding the visitor of ‘absence’. This structure is impertive as a collective point and a place to delve deeper into the information.
Present: This experience takes place within the Souterrain and courtyard spaces and is dedicated to the stories of women of war from 2000 to the present day. Water flows along a glazed roof and enters into the space flowing down a wall, etched with the names of admirable Women, before the tunnel punctures through the cliff face to reveal a viewing platform over the sea.
Reflection and Remembrance: This viewing platform allows for the visitor to reflect over the information gleaned whilst looking out to sea. As this space is partially exposed, visitors will begin to feel a sense of freedom as they listen to the birds song.
Future: After ascending back up to ground level, the visitor is able to look back on underground spaces with a new perspective as they wonder freely back along the site. A proposed viewing platform will rise into the sky, allowing a view over the explosive narrative of the site.