I presented my detailed brief on Monday which included some information from the Outline Brief presentation, to recap my design ideas and contextual research. I showed my adjacency bubble diagrams to explain the spaces and my accommodation schedule showed the initial ideas for the requirements of these spaces in detail.
The historical food and drink stalls could provide varied foods through the ages, along with medieval cooking demonstrations for the visitors. Christchurch Food & Wine festival could run alongside the events within the Summer Pavilion which will assist in further raising the profile of the town and creating a larger appeal.
I focused in my site analysis map, and started to arrange the spaces onto the site, relative to the sun path and routes surrounding the grounds. This is a simple way of space planning but it will allow me to progress in detail as I arrange them to the best potentials of the site.
I also focused in on my surrounding map showing the landmarks and visitor attractions. I picked out various buildings which were close to the site and could be used to create a larger events programme (as suggested in the Outline Brief feedback.) This included the use of the Red House Museum as it is across the road from the site, the idea is that this building is used as a counterpoint for further exhibitions. The Priory could be used for further talks and lectures and the town’s theatre, the Regent Centre could be appropriate for further performances and events.
I showed some case-studies which influenced my initial ideas, Comoco Architects created various structures within Pombal Castle, Portugal. The designs create new perspectives of the castle ruins and allow visitors to look through the openings of where the first floor once was within the structure. This idea inspired my concept of using bridges and walkways to connect the spaces along with towers and platforms to give new viewing points and perspectives to visitors.
I mapped out the views from the site, understanding what visitors will see as they approach and how the ruins are already perceived in varied parts of the town and nearby high street. I used simple shapes overlaying the site visit images to map out where I could use proposed structures to intersect these views and grab the attention of people passing by.
Feedback for my presentation was better than expected! It was mentioned that I should start to think about the form and structure of the stages and the and retail stalls now, and consider what I want to communicate and how I can enhance the historical features of the site. My next steps are to focus in on the space planning to create a detailed plan to design within. Also taking my concept ideas further with models and more sketches.