The Brighton boat repair and decommission station is designed to be a simple testbed to explore ideas of belonging, shadows, and displacement leading to the alias ‘imposter’- a building that doesn’t quite belong in its context.  Brighton provided the perfect context for this, and allowed for two site visits during the relaxation of lockdown.  

The project explores displacement by testing how boats undergoing restoration or demolition can become embedded within the schemes architecture in fragments, and how this acquisitional act allows the architecture to claim experiences it never had- if a barnacle is earned through venture at sea, what right does the workshop have to exhibit one? The project then goes on to explore how these jarring moments may be experienced within the building, simulating and rendering how the hulls, workers, context and structure may homogenise during the restoration process, leading to a structure that doesn’t just encourage displacement, but is displaced itself.  

Finally, the project is designed to leave a ghost. Even without a hull in the Atrium, boats should always be present through the spacial negative of the building, as the workshop configures itself to prepare for the next vessel. Each restoration leaves its own shadow behind, as the project is navigated, the ghosts reveal themselves.  

Unfolded Workshop Study 

Exploring the journey of a hull into the Workshop Atrium.

Compressed Plan 

Investigating the layers of the workshop, and how they will collide.

Exploring the workshops movement  

A composite of the workshop door and gantry mechanics, and the visual residue they leave behind.

Developing Adhesive Architecture 

Early maquette testing of architectural fragments that are highly site dependant. The drill cladding has shadows of both the drill, and the operators hand.  

Calibrating Workshop Doors  

Studies into how the workshop mechanisms and cladding can be held in position with hyper-specific frames. The framework then becomes a visual reference point for the video.

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