The Cine -Theatre is an ongoing project that had it’s first outing in June 2017, returning in September 2018. It is a dual function pop-up; a cinema and open air theatre, which first took place in June 2017, returning in September 2019. Inspired by the earlier Ampitheatres, it is deliberately a Theatre Without Walls, intended to act as an attractor for local people.
It is hoped that by temporarily placing these activities in shared and even contested spaces, such as those on the fringes of gentrification, local discussion might be sparked about the future use of the sites.
In this first incarnation we appropriated and activated an underused site in East London, The Old Paddling Pool on Millfield’s Park, as part of the London Festival of Architecture. This was a site that already offered many things. It is a sort of concrete bowl, almost amphitheatre shaped we constructed a simple seating arrangement using rudimentary elements; recycled wood palates, which, stacked create perfect demountable, tiered seating, which can be rapidly assembled.
This is a series of studies for upgrading the shopfront of premises in a semi residential part of Enfield. Our clients wanted to explore the possibility of converting it to residential use.
These studies explore ways of providing privacy for potential new residents in a property that has no buffer with the street. The proposed facade treatments refer back to the history of the property as a shop that sold leather products.
Patchwork Pattern Wood & Corten
Glazed Brick and Patchwork Corten Screens
Boscombe Beach Hut
Submission for Bournemouth County Council's competition to create accessible beach huts on Boscombe beach.
Boscombe Beach Huts - Competition
Waterworks - Droplet Pavilion
‘Droplet’ Pavilion proposed for the south section of Liverpool and Leeds canal takes its cue from the optical properties of water and droplets in particular. The droplet studded ellipsoid surface traps, refracts, and reflects light capturing images to form a highly visible structure that can act as a focal point for community activity.
The Pavilion is intended to act as a catalyst and repository of local aspirations in Sefton by providing a space which can accommodate a range of community functions. It is envisaged that it will act as a hub and magnet for community activity its façade providing surface for communication, a notice board comprised of prism like structures, It will hold images of community activity past and present.
Impression of Pavilion Interior
Impression of Pavilion Interior
Remodelling of a victorian house in Tottenham.
Completed March 2016
Pavilion Of Stories
The Pavilion of Stories draws on traditions from African and Western of storytelling. It is intended to play host to oral storytellers, storytelling, and theatre.
In use it morphs from the typology of Hut to proscenium arch theatre to cinema screen. It was envisaged as being set in a diverse community such as Dalston which has been the site of much migration, re- cently as a result of the dual forces of global con ict and gentri cation.
Thus disparate, diasporic communities are juxtaposed, making Dalston at once the site of sometimes uncomfortable tensions but also opportunities for communities to share cultures.
The pavilion refers to the vernacular of the simple shed and the façade ornamentation draws on patterns from fabrics found locally. It is envisaged that the façade will act as a constantly changing exhibition wall, curated by local groups, featuring the work local artists and school children alike. Whilst the interior will house recorded stories, live storytelling, theatre performances and lm screenings. Thus it is hoped the pavilion would facilitiate the sharing of culture, memories and stories between diverse communities.
The Pavilion of Stories
Lazer cut model exploring the engraved pattern which has been developed from a fabric found in one of the many local which sell fabrics.
Early Explorations with 'African' Fabric Pattern
This fabric was sourced from one of the many shops in Dalston which sell fabrics widely sold in African cities - and which thus evoke memories of the markets of Banjul, Lagos…
Facade Populated with work curated by the local community
An islamic pattern is re-purposed from a previous project to create a patterned canopy, as part of a study for a public square in Doha. These were early stage screen grabs of our Grasshopper & Rhino model.
The studio is committed to community engagement and is involved in a number of self initiated projects including the Cine-Theatre on which we are working with our sister organisation Approri8theatre and the RARA collective. It is envisaged that the amphitheatre seating will be constructed out of a pre-existing modular element, possibly the humble brick palate.
The idea of using these is firstly to re-use existing materials but also to make the theatre construction a simple process with which community volunteers can be part of the construction process.
Cine-Theatre Concept for Amphitheatre Construction
Cine-Theatre Amphitheatre Detail
RIBA Guerrilla Tactics -Maggie Centres Project - Collaboration with Hayhurst and Co
On Route - A pavement galley for King Cross
The pavement gallery proposal was made in response to a public art competition held as part of the Kings Cross Regeneration programme. Sarah was part of the On-route team who made the proposal, following which they were commissioned to develop a prototype display case for a local estate. The project was intended to provide the opportunity for a community curated gallery, which would feature the work of local school children, residents and artists. The development of the prototype involved consultation with key stake holders including the Kings Cross Partnership, local resident committees and representatives of the culturally diverse community. The project was eventually implemented at UCH as part of it's public arts programme following further collaboration with local artist and resident David Proud.
Long Thin Sally
Research and Writing
Written whilst at the Architectural Association, this is a piece of research into the architecture of the Asylum. In 1791 William Tuke lead the project to build The Private Lunatic Asylum to be named, The Retreat. Patients admitted to such an establishment would have included people that we now class as psychotics, neurotics and depressives but also some, social deviants, rebels and misfits, who would later be excluded from the current perceptual frame of what constitutes madness. The modest Georgian building, famous to the cognoscenti of social and psychiatric history, still operates as an institution for the care of the mentally ill and draws in pilgrims from various disciplines. They come to see the place which pioneered the system of care for the insane, known as ’moral treatment’.
The Pool London - 10 year commerative book
Extracts from the Policy 3 script; the film was made as part of the AA @ Scoop for the 2006 Architecture Biennale
Massage & Pilates Base - Chelmsford
Massage & Pilates Base - Fitout
Interior fit-out of the new studios for The Massage & Pilates Base, Chelmsford.