Arcola Theatre



arcola_filmic_mapping_Sarah_HArcola Theatre, London (UK) 2013-14

University of Hertfordshire

This project was particularly concerned with the theme of identity and place in interior architecture; investigating space/place, sustainability and heritage, with a performative aspect, making use of experimental research and mapping methodologies to observe, test and understand space. A new use or insertion of detailed design was proposed, closely linking to the site and client, the Arcola Theatre and theoretical and explorative research and development.

With strong emphasis on site and narrative, we investigated transformation and change of use within existing spaces. We started with ideas connecting to historical and cultural qualities of site and building use, narrating the history of the Arcola and its place and intersection in the contemporary community.

For the duration of the project, skills were further developed; through drawing, exploring materials and sustainability, formulating scenarios and liaising with clients and site to emphasise the notion of place. Ideas were explored using a series of research activities encouraging risk taking and design analysis through on and off site events and performance.

Client: Arcola Theatre

Tutor: Heidi Saarinen

Idrees Baig, Neelam Bambhra, Jordan Branch-Kaye, Olivia Christodoulides, Hei Chung, Sarah Donnellan, Melissa Eloni, Rutuja Gandhi, Memet Gumus, Sonal Kahane, Vaishali Karia, Margarita Kochonovskaja, Elizabeth Koumbarides, Sarah Mciver, Christos Pavlou, Hilal Sak, Pratik Tailor, Ali Tasci, Naomi Wharton, Jasteena Bahra, Richard Douglas, Devraj Gurung, Sarah Hilliard, Syed-Zain Hasan, Thaarani Thangarajah

Research Question:
Can experimental and interactive site and place analysis help inform and underpin research and help develop more complex methods throughout the design process?

Link: Project Blog

+, 11-50, Analytical, Collaboration, Curricular, Hertfordshire Univ., Interior Architecture, Months, Propositional, Self-funded, Students with tutor, Temporary, Undergraduate, United Kingdom