Monday, August 15, 2011

charlotte wilson: women at war; architecture of experience.

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.

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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.

Source: ArchDaily

8 comments:

  1. This is absolutely brilliant! I can undersatnd your concerns about people being disppointed with this post, howver I am far from disappointed!

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  2. This is awesome, I do enjoy architecture!! I'll have to show this to my husband as he loves architecture too and graduated from the Leeds Metropolitan University but for for building surveying! Would be an amazing site to walk through. And you should include things like this in your blog, your more than just style posts, this something you enjoy and I've enjoyed learning about it ;) Have a great day flower xxx

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  3. Oh my GOD that is amazing!!!
    I don't mind a bit of Architecture, my brother is doing his Masters now in it and my Grandpa was a Civil Engineer (building) so this world has always been close by.
    Really looking forward to more architecture posts!!!

    xox

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  4. Hey, sweetie... This project is pretty cool! Its quite simple, but it captures the feeling inside of the exhibition rooms... :) And I really love that last picture! How've things been? I have had the busiest first 3 weeks of uni and I've got a 40% worth lab-report to submit by next week, I was supposed to post something this week, but it'll have to wait for next week! :( I hope you're not having such a hard time without Rick, hang in there, girl, you'll be visiting him soon, and meanwhile you should just think more of architecture!!! :) Was that your project? I really still want to see yours! x

    M
    http://hippopotamey.blogspot.com

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  5. I'm really glad you're following through on what inspires you :)

    You'll find an audience either way. :)


    xx THE CHEAP

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  6. hello Lisa - wow, your blog is amazing. I just dropped by for the first time - what an inspiring place, congratulations! I will be here definitely more often... lots of love from Hamburg, Germany :)

    Annette

    www.torbogen.tumblr.com

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  7. Hey girl! Thanks so much for all the info on Beijing! I'm also planning on going to Shanghai and hopefully (cross my fingers) Hong Kong, but I doubt it. We have a friend who's going to be up there at the same time to act as our part-time tour guide, haha. It's still surreal to me to be traveling to the other side of the world!

    P.S. I read your whole post and was not deterred in any way. I didn't know you were an architect aficionado! Hopefully I'll get to see your work sometime!!

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  8. omg. . . . this place would be so amazing!!! what a view!!!! ugh i die

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