Reinvention of a Long Gone Past

This project investigates how the social and cultural past of a place can inspire and enhance its current development. This approach does not stem from a romanticised or nostalgic attachment to the past but from an almost archaeological mindset that aims to uncover the merits of the past. In this respect, the project looks back at Balloch’s history to reinvent the cultural and social spirit that was once present in the pier area.

The client, Sistema, is a charity that aims to transform the lives of underprivileged children through music. Although music is central to Sistema’s philosophy, they prioritise social action over traditional music education. By doing so, they not only develop their students but also enhance the social context they place themselves in by acting as a social catalyst.

Balloch has lost the vibrant public presence it once possessed in its pier area. This project uses the railway that was once going through the project site as the starting point of the reinvention of a long gone past. The proposal aims to regenerate the pier area through the insertion of a musical retreat and a performance hall.

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Project Introduction

The merits of the past underpinning the methodology of the proposal: This slide is made up of an image displaying the railway that once connected Glasgow to Balloch Pier, the old Balloch train station and the series of buildings that I propose in relationship to the railway that was once there. The quote underneath this image by Ungers summarizes the approach that I take that stems from a consciousness of the history of Balloch. (Please Click on Image to View as a Slideshow)

Why is the railway important? What kind of public activity did it promote?

Two maps compare the level of settlement in 1860 and 2020. Three images display the vibrant public scene that was once present at the pier area. (Please Click on Image to View as a Slideshow)

Where are public squares located traditionally? What does a public square add to a public space?

Top images displaying Taksim Square in Istanbul as an example of a public square that is placed in historic location. Bottom images displaying Sergels Torg in Stockholm as as example of how a public square can be a stage for a variety of activities that promote identity and unity. (Please Click on Image to View as a Slideshow)

The Old Railway as the Main Axis

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Division of Space and Orientation

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Tectonics of the Retreat

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Performance Hall Concept - Reference to the Old Factory

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