composed of two elements, the density of (what) matter(‘s) as it inheres in a
beloved object, and the in-density of the space which surrounds and flows
through this. Though we may have density without space as in black holes, or
space without density as in vacuums, for the purposes of everyday life Being
always exhibits both density and space.” – Christine Wertheim
preconception of space as absence is the result of conflict between the
Signifier and the Signified. A common dispute in fields such as language, or as
more commonly experienced in architecture, in the language of depiction.
in depiction one of how representation is interpreted, the mark on the page viewed
as significant, the gap between marks viewed as inconsequential. This though is
not the case as space has presence. It is for these reasons that movements such
as the outsider artists (who have a focus on filling those voids between solid
objects) have attempted to challenge these preconceptions.
explores these notions in their correlation to contextual fabric. A response to
an architectural climate as opposed a specific built form. The design intention
to illicit an awareness of context outside the self. The users are intended to
develop an understanding of their environment, and their place within it.
Sited on a
peripheral zone of the old central city, the site may be viewed as a transient
space. The context one in which the rational city grid loses its purposeful
structure. The decrease of density/program/function leads to a loss of coherent
sense of place with the result of an isolative experience, contrasted through ‘solid’
The site is
a product of the discontinuous and inconsistent growth of the city. It is that
strange point, or grey zone, in which the clash of unrelated programmes occurs,
defined by harsh edges. Residential vs. Industrial vs. Commercial vs.
It is a
non-place in many senses, simply another subliminal point passed in transit.
site has no specific function, it is a residual space in the city of an unruly
nature. The southern side is used as an informal taxi rank, some footpaths cut between
the shortest pedestrian routes between the roads. The site has served as an
illegal dumping ground, has been clearly previously graded, and is a repository
of litter. The plant life of the site is indicative of a highly disturbed
terrain, much of it just sand.
thus resolves it’s response to context as a landscape intervention.
Interpreting the definition of pavilion as:
an architectural design serving no purpose but
itself (as in fine art)
a temporary installation.
a place of sporadic event.
addressing these interpretations the pavilion attempts the simple and sometimes
vague re-codification of site.
on immediate context, not the pavilion or its elements (so as to avoid the
formation of additional objects). This non-(object) thought translates towards
design of the signified and not the signifier (i.e. forms resulting from space
and not space resulting from form).
A series of
isolative elements are the means by which this re-codification is achieved.
isolation of the elements is in mimicry of the larger context, yet manipulated
to result in contrast. This contrast stems from the internal interruption of
landscape, and not as is usual in the interruption of landscape by object, and as
such there is a consequential interpretive dichotomy.
then through typical interpretation seem as though carved from objects, often expressed
as orientated, folded, self-structural, coherent forms which are however intended as dispositif devices (effects are
drawn from operation as device and not from operation as object).
devices operate in various ways towards similar effects.
the immediate context are displayed on specific buildings surrounding the
intervention. These images allow users to (re)compose their situation within
their own mind, much like a cubist painting, forcing a direct awareness and
(re-)interpretation of their context.
movement routes exist, these placed along existing movement lines, though now
made independent. The one is an elevated steel walkway, supported as though
torn from the landscape, rusting over time and echoing footfalls. The walkway
flairs open towards the inner city, is separate at all points from ground and
has perforations that define an alternating opacity. The other movement route
is of concrete and is almost channel like, negating the sloped difference in
height over the site. Folded to form a retaining wall on a side and then a
storm water gutter on the other, the pathway is made by such an action to be in
isolation. A slight step occurs along the path, creating a slight threshold. The
walkway then rises in a ramp/stair combination that flairs on the southern
side, to be utilised as place for the existing informal taxi rank. The design
however breaks the constraints of typical site, fragmenting the grid system of
the road, the subtle differences in texture and grade serving to change the
experience to those passing in vehicles (and so an awareness to the site).
landscape is then itself manipulated by orientated folded grass planes to create
buffers between elements, that aligns views or serve as open space with the
Fauna growth left to its existing state.