Our Community

Participant Detail

Name: Owen Gaynor
Age: 32

Owen is the most interested party of all. The project has taken place thanks to his involvment and support with providing interviews with his students.


5th Year
Aged 23
My Overview: "Our Community"

From conversations with interested parties and the positive feedback from the January Sale, I began drafting proposals to fulfil the desires of the different users of the circus. Beginning with analysis of the existing building, I translated the verbal comments of each group into architectural forms which I could then adapt the building to respond to. Working originally in short section, it became apparent that for the circus to be profitable, more than one user group must use the space at one time. I therefore moved to working in long section in order to experiment with the building as a whole. Rather than suggest minor alterations to the building envelope, I moved towards more hypothetical adaptations to the entire space and built form, to understand what combination of spaces would be most effective. By drawing and re-compiling the long section of the existing warehouse, it became apparent that there is could be no single optimal solution for the circus warehouse; instead, an adaptable, demountable internal structure would allow them to change their environment according to their changing needs. Influenced by some precedents of adaptable architecture, the scaffolding typology became relevant to my project, so I began experimenting with the possibilities of standard components, readily available. I filmed my experimentation with scaffolding and priced my outcomes to understand their viability.

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