Project 1: Snape Maltings (Suffolk-UK)
Project 2: Ragusa, Sicily (Italy)
Design Practice 2: Articulate focuses on the issue of spatial enclosure at two different scales: one of the room and one of a small building. Students tackled this issue through two six weeks projects. Taking as its site the music campus at Snape Maltings (Suffolk-UK) the first project involved the reuse of the ruin of a Victorian dovecote and its adaptation to a studio for composers and musicians. The project was developed starting from the analysis of the physical context of the campus and its surroundings, from the site’s environmental characteristics, and from a conceptual reflection on contemporary classical music (in particular on the work of the musicians: Benjamin Britten, Pierre Boulez and Iannis Xenakis). The brief required to design a room-sized space for two primary activities: playing/composing music (piano) and writing/reading/contemplating (study area). The space was also to include a kitchenette.
While the first project was essentially about completing an existing enclosure through the insertion of new architectural elements, the second project dealt with the more complex problem of adding an extension to a 18th century building. The historical building part of a property located few kilometres north of the city of Ragusa in southern Sicily (Italy), is a typical expression of the agricultural character of the area, and is a refined structure entirely built in local limestone. The client, a couple in their 50s with no children, wished to build a holiday house in the property through maintaining the old building and juxtaposing a new one to it. The house was to include kitchen, living, dining, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, one small bathroom and a service room. Like the previous project, the starting point of the design was the analyses of the physical environment of the property, of the landscape around it and of the city of Ragusa.
In both projects emphasis has been placed on conceptual and material research/analysis, form, assembly, composition and materiality, thresholds and interior and exterior relationships.
Dr Marco Pompili
Dr Marco Pompili
Kim Nguyen Ngoc
Cushla Mc Fadden
Project 1: 6 weeks
Project 2: 6 weeks