Sleeping and Resting Areas of Ora Hostel
Stairs of Kitagata Apartment, Japan
Design Process 1:
Design Process 2:
180213 – Design Progress
The diagrams below show the calculation and estimation areas & dimensions of containers and the container terminals:
180220 – Structure Progress
From the precedent study; Port of Felixstowe, one of the warehouse zones is with 46, 451 sq.m. of total area. Thus, this figure is used as a guideline for the proposed Domestic and International general warehouses’ areas.
The estimation number of labours involved is 15,000. Thus, the living space requires roughly 11,250 sq.m. The area is divided into 8 blocks with 25-storey each to accommodate 15,000 local and international labours.
Continuing with the verbs Express and Articulate, I observed whether the verb model itself could be represented as an initial architectural form as seen from the design ideas below.
New themes of convergence and divergence were highlighted in these branching out ideas which could suggest all types of people travelling to the proposed vision of Anaklia and also leaving it.
In addition to this, it was necessary to define my service station programme by three sequences which are: The Sequence of Arrival, The Sequence of Use & The Sequence of Departure. My research analysed how these sequences work with the verbs in precedents such as, the Barbican Centre, the Georgian Wissol and Socar service stations, the Houten and the Gloucestershire Service Stations.
When I travelled to the Gloucestershire services it became apparent that once inside the vicinity of the building and its landscaping, it was almost impossible not to spend a long time there which is ironic considering the general stereotype of the service station typology. Because of this, I now feel it is important to recreate this feeling through my design where the public could spend hours in a tranquil setting and not realise they are in the middle of a massive developing city. This could be done through establishing a protective green belt zone around the services.
Finally, to fully understand the complexity of the service station I visited, these organisational diagrams will be used to establish preliminary spatial relationships over an urban context and building scales.
The above diagram represents a body of research undertaken to establish the processes that take place sequentially on my site from the field to the market stall. The abattoir and market place will respond directly to this process, this is why it has been crucial to establish the intricacies of each stage. Along side this, relevant statistics outlining the ratio of pigs, cows, water buffalo and chickens to each Anaklian family have been established by a local anthropologist. This has provided all the data needed to create a facility designed to expand and market produce from existing local subsistance farmers. Establishing ratios and the processes has allowed me to begin to work out exactly how much space must be dedicated to each phase moving forward. The below diagrammatic section illustrates the processes applied to the site over multiple levels.
The site incorporates two existing ruinous concrete buildings which will be incorporated into the 5 meter high plinth. Within this plinth, substructures will be placed incorporating the vertical abattoir as well as indoor meat and dairy markets. These will create a boundary condition for the outdoor, informal meat and dairy market. This diagram was used to establish a structural approach to the design of the site which is currently being progressed.
An additional process to be incorporated into the site is the kiln. In a bid to recycle the extensive amount of blood, blood bricks are to be fired on site. Blood is mixed with sand and fired at 70 degrees to produce a strong, weatherproof brick which can be sold to local builders, creating an additional source of income. the smoke from the kiln with cure hanging meats suspended above, accessed directly from the butcher shops on the plinth. This drawing also shows the progressed structural approach to the plinth. It consists of multiple islands held up my columns. These create a grid separated by structural glass revealing the multiple process’ of the abattoir below while also providing gaps for stairwells, services and hatches for meat to be transferred vertically. This process will be further developed to incorporate the buildings on top of the plinth and the rooms within. Below is a plan of plinth illustrating the grid.
SPATIAL SEQUENCE DIAGRAM
MODULES OF HABITATION
The aim is to create modules of habitation that can sprawl and interconnect to provide a multi-layered/relational living environment. The curved shape is arrived at to dictate spatial relationships and proximities through inevitably providing a courtyard or atrium in which light can be dispersed into the gardens both naturally and mechanically through heliostats.
The garden is seen as an essential part of retired living, providing beauty and well-being. Gardens can be experienced in the privacy of every back yard, even as the building rises vertically. There are also semi private gardens in gathering spaces to provide quality social nodes. The module mediates the horizontal plane to create raised multiple ground levels to enable a neighborhood street feel on every floor.
The facade forms an archive of Georgia’s vernacular architecture, and the memory and trace of those that inhabit the facility. 100 years from now, in the context of a hyper intelligent architectural environment, this facility will be the conversation that Georgia and the world has with its past as remnants are preserved and examined.
The Inhabited Walls
The Wall – Watch Towers
URBAN SPRAWL – REPRODUCTION AND DISPERSION OF MODULE
The public enter through a series of pavilions that demonstrate and teach the ancient qvevri wine production method. This is flanked by vineyards and leads to the central winery. The Winery is conceived as a continuous walkway, each angled field surrounded by a aqueduct irrigation system, these transport systems continue into the main production strip. The eastern production strip produces white wine, and the western red. These production strips feed into the central building that houses public facilities. The linear east-west building acts as a walkway in itself and facilitates views of the vineyards to the north and south. Wine is stored in the central building and exported south to the port.
Conceptual Site Plan
Precedents Spatial Site Plan
From Anaklia site mapping exercises, it’s clear there is presently a lack of services infrastructure capable of maintaining a deep-sea port, including the basic resources, number of buildings and suitable road conditions for the perceived increase of population, job opportunities and outside trade. This is evident as there are currently no petrol stations within a 20km radius.
Because of this, I propose a new service station and thoroughfare on the town’s outskirts towards the eastern entrance. This will help connect the proposed free industrial zone to other areas of manufacture and provide a relaxation/networking hub for foreign tourists, Gem festival-goers and the deep sea port transportation workforce.
The “Georgian Identity” strategy advises a Typical Plan layout to encourage flexible future expansion. Architectural elements are duplicated and arranged as a message to imagine a moment in the worker’s life as part of a single cohesive whole. The pipeline or road network may hint at the process of obtaining the resource/labour conditions. It’s the act of uncovering the unseen and expressing Georgia’s situation through its architecture.
Equally, I was questioning what could make this infrastructure spectacular? I.e. the sheer scale of the construction or the views of adjacent landscape when the infrastructure acts as a part of a journey seen in precedents such as, the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia, the Balcombe Viaduct or the Autogrill service station.
The exploration into architectural elements that supersise and interlock with each other could suggest service station spaces which frame the volume of the street that the existing pipeline associates with. I’ve thought of my service station as a figurative gateway to the old town of Anaklia so the idea of expressing the history and negative consequences of capitalism/exploitation can be seen when the subsequent planned developments emerge.
Through my research of the doppelgänger and the act of pastiche, I investigated these themes by placing them to our site in Anaklia by creating a mind map.
Anaklia is a rural town located in Western Georgia on the Black sea coast with a small population, apart from seasonal tourists. Since the 1960’s Anaklia has been promised a new deep-sea port that would bring a new city, new jobs and a new life to the people of Anaklia.
While waiting, the people have no choice but to absorb the propaganda about their future. The main source of the propaganda is the ‘Anaklia Magazine’ as it works as autonomous element. There is a distinct difference of perceptions and expectations between the private sector that is selling this future idea and the locals as the sector receiving it.
There is a lack of ownership of ideas by the locals and they are allowing this propagandist myth to unfold..
While trying to understand tis propaganda I used their existing magazines and analysed how they are trying to persuade the locals on how this is what they want.
The project proposes a mockery approach to the propagandas of the deep-sea port and uses them to generate the “dream lifestyle” in Anaklia. The ideology of the ‘Anaklian Dream’ will unravel through the way it is produced and propagated in a neo-liberal way.
It is a gesture that is selling architecture as an image, that projects the dream lifestyle, by propagating architectural needs to residents of Anaklia.
The site will be located at between the coastline development the previous president had started that now is mainly abandoned hotels and between the end of the old town road. This is to enhance the irony of the “propagated” idea that is to be sold to the locals.
There are instances in America and Japan where after the war their needed a quick solution for their housing problem. Their introduced the model house that could be shipped to you within 2-3 weeks and you were available to select the colour of your roof allowing people to think that they were part of the design process but in real life they were propagated to think that way.
Conceptual collages of house the dream lifestyle could be propagated.