ADAM WEST

Brighton Marina Coastal Research Facility 

Based on Brighton Marina’s East Arm, the project explores how architecture could anticipate the future. Interested in how future weather can be seen coming towards you from the horizon, the research questions how architecture could generate tacit intuitions such as ‘Red sky at night Sheppard’s delight’ – experienced as the uncanny feeling that something is going to happen. It imagines a research facility that creates dependencies between scientists in the pursuit of knowledge about the future, and local communities with a tacit understanding of it; by way of their connection to the coastal landscape. An ecology of disparate anticipations is formed. 

Three primary temporalities are detected. The deep future – an eroding  chalk ‘geology’ gives a sense of long term change; The immediate future – silicone spaces vary in tautness depending upon incoming weather; and the uncertain (and possibly false) near future – overheard through conversations reverberating through an acoustic structural layer. As weather becomes increasingly more unpredictable over time, the facility becomes ever more porous and unstable – increasing the generation and transmission of anticipations between its inhabitants. 

Water permeates through eroding sea defences. Layered geology-like shells act as a soft sea defence, local communities construct programmes within over time. 
Creating anticipatory dependencies. Communities begin to rely upon each other’s predictive data or intuitive anticipations. 

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