Figure ground map
Central Bristol: BS1
This rather odd task encouraged us to engage with the site instinctively on first encounter. I immediately attempted to climb the large stone wall to the rear of the site. Given the towering context on all sides this reaction was perhaps an immediate response to the overshadowing and drowning nature of the city on the empty site. I did not know it at the time but this did influence one of my key concepts. In many ways this taught me more about the site than the standard practices of site analysis that I have always previously employed.
The project brief was titled 'Architecture and the Body', proposing a dance studio combined with another programme of our choice for an urban site in central Bristol. The drawing below shows the Bristol City Centre, BS1, in its wider context. It is a particularly useful drawing for reading and interpreting the urban grain. This helps with early massing studies and gives great insight into the development of a city. From here I began taking a closer look at the site, particularly access, materiality and building typologies. I consider the journey to the building, and how it can be improved. The site sits between two arterial routes that connect the Harbourside and Clifton areas to Broadmead. The range of materials and building uses in the immediate context makes responding to the site a great challenge.