Double- Sided Roof

By Tao li, Yvonne Cao, Elaine Yan; Para Designworks;

Connection to Harringay Warehouse District

Flexibility and freedom of space are the most desirable needs of artists in the community, which is also the design solution. The main purpose of the pavilion is to create comfortable spaces for artists to gather and communicate. With sufficient sunshine and diverse spaces, artists can bring creativity into play. The space is designed to be half-equipped with furniture, so artists can bring in their pieces and design their space freely. The use of preset materials echos to the industrial background in the neighbourhood. Other sustainable materials can be easily handled and reassembled which is important during the short-term construction.

Proposal Outline

Density between space and function is the crucial factor affecting the quality of a building. People usually find this interesting phenomenon – the most fascinating space is always the so-called ‘useless space’.

The project place is located at the corner of Eade road which possesses a long street side. Therefore, to become the focal spot of different community activities, architecture itself should retain strong permeability and openness to attract more people coming while taking advantage of the location.

In the design process, by redefining the architectural element ‘roof’, roof is double functioned as a roof and a floor. Space above and beneath the roof form stages and stores, highly improving the space availability. Other functions, inserted through the form of ‘box’, along with stages and stores enforce the transformation from outdoor spaces to indoor spaces. These series of changes generate inspirations for creative transitional spaces. This interaction between spaces is meaningful for establishing an effective and flexible public architecture.

Considering the temporary and reconstructable nature of the pavilion, chosen materials are mostly easy installed, disassembled and sustainable which also preserve a relatively low price.