Archive for July, 2009

Padley Gorge & Burbage Brook After Rain

July 30, 2009

DSC_0098 - MOD1 -  Burbage Brook after heavy rainfall - 30-7-09

An evening scramble into Padley Gorge after a heavy afternoon of “summer” rain to see Burbage Brook in full flow.   The water a heady mix of blacks and browns – in some places a real distillery mash – as particulates are washed down from the moor.

DSC_0097 - MOD1 -  Burbage Brook after heavy rainfall - 30-7-09

DSC_0107 - MOD1 -  Burbage Brook after heavy rainfall - 30-7-09

Just below Burbage Bridge

Summer Evening over Abney Moor

July 27, 2009

DSC_0030 - MOD1 - Hathersage from Offerton Hall Path - 27-07-09

Hathersage from Offerton Hall

Finally we got a proper summer’s evening – one of only two in the past 10 days or more – so a quick evening hike over Offerton and Abney Moors was made.

DSC_0026 - MOD2 - Stepping Stones - River Derwent - Offerton Hall Path   - 27-07-09

Stepping Stones across River Derwent

DSC_0039 - MOD1 - Hope Valley from above Offerton Hall - 27-7-09

View Northwest to Lose Hill from above Offerrton Hall

DSC_0043 - MOD2 - Offerton Moor - sheep near sunset - 27-07-09

Offerton Moor

DSC_0056 - MOD2 - View South from Abney Moor Footpath - 27-07-09

View South from edge of Abney Moor

DSC_0062 - MOD1 - Horses near Abney Moor Footpath - 27-07-09

Edge of Abney Moor

Galway Harbour Centre Pier Competition

July 25, 2009

Galway Centre Pier - Mast & Sail 1 - 24-7-09 - coloured

The Galway Harbour Company are conducting a competition to generate ideas for a mixed use building (public stage, exhibition, retail, marina and tourism) that would be erected on the Centre Pier in Galway Docks.  I love Galway but am too cheap (poor) to spend €60 to obtain the full competition brief from the RIAI competition site so my concept is based on the core requirements and some imagination of prior times in Galway.

Seemingly floating above the existing surface of the pier on a  ground floor of glass cladding, the only strong visual intervention is a swimming pool intruding into the middle of the floor.  The pool is formed entirely of a transparent structural material (glass, lexan, whatever) which allows for interaction between the swimmers and those walking around the exterior of the building; a kind of free human aquarium.

The mast that emerges from the centre of the building appears to support a bar/restaurant hanging over one side of the pier but in reality this would primarily be supported through a hidden cantilever into the central part of the complex.

A number of projection screens can be unfurled from the mast for use during major sporting and cultural events, such as the Galway Arts Festival, allowing multimedia to be displayed high above the pier and surrounding harbour/marina.

Bexhill-on-Sea Shelter Competition

July 24, 2009

Bexhill on Sea Shelter Competition - Wave 1 - 1 - 23-7-09

Though not in a position to enter the competition I thought I would sketch a few concepts for the new shelters that are planned for the West Parade Promenade at Bexhill-on-Sea.  RIBA are currently running a competition on behalf of Rother District Council for four new shelters and a refreshments kiosk which will form part of the Next Wave Seafront Improvement Project.

Bexhill on Sea Shelter Competition - Wave 1 - 3 - 23-7-09

My initial approach – let’s call it “Wave” – provides three areas of protected seating that face east/west along the seafront and also out to sea.  The use of transparent screens on the three curved seating areas allows occupants to view the seaward view from either of the side (east/west) benches even when the wind might be too brisk to sit on the direct sea-facing bench.  A small central area provides further protection – but still with full visibility – for even the the wettest and windiest of days.  Some of the modular roof panels could optionally be replaced with solar panels in order to generate electricity for night lights and an information display that could be fed with local news from the town’s wireless network.

Bexhill on Sea Shelter Competition - Wave 1 - 2 - 23-7-09

View from Studio after Sunset

July 21, 2009

View from Stuido past Dusk - 21-07-09

Park Hill – British Summer

July 20, 2009

DSC_0073 - MOD1 -  Veolia Incinerator Stack form Park Hill thr grasses- 21-7-09 - cropped

Like a giant cancer stick discarded in the brush lies the chimney of the Veolia incineration plant in Sheffield, as viewed from Park Hill.

DSC_0093 - MOD1 - Park Hill thr Trees - 21-7-09 - cropped

Park Hill redevelopment still at a bit of an Urban standstill…

DSC_0090 - MOD1 - Sheffield and Big Wheel from Park Hill - 21-7-09 - cropped

Sheffield’s new Big Wheel on another drizzly day.

A City View

July 20, 2009

A City View - 20-9-08

Case Study #22 – AKA Stahl House – Pierre Koenig

July 19, 2009

Case Study 22 - Stahl House - LA - Pierre Koenig  - Schulman Photo - 19-7-09

Based on a photograph by Julius Schulman RIP (10/10/1910 – 15/7/2009)

Beach House – Neeson Murcutt

July 18, 2009

Beach House - Neeson Murcutt - 18-7-09

West Bromwich – Will Alsop

July 18, 2009

West Bromich - Will Alsop - 18-7-09