Framing and Containing

Narratives, invisible yet present. The scheme’s purpose is to extend and facilitate overarching events. Events that may be read in the gathering nature of themes throughout space and time, but are not necessarily experienced directly.

Building a residential retreat and performance hall, Stories in Balloch, a harbour town by the banks of lock Lomond are confronted by the ethos of Sistema, a charity organisation helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Unravelling sequences of events that took place in Balloch is necessary to realise its significance. Namely geographic phenomena, a human historic response and present local culture as a consequence.

Appreciating Sistema’s ethos is the first step of empathy, in order to cultivate and grow their values. Building a community and giving meaning to children through playing music.

Place and People are bounded together through material intervention. Energy facilitates, but is not limited, to basic needs of forming the stage. Transcending the notion of energy for physical to spiritual, structure and construction aim to trigger an emotional response to its users, to set the scene.

Essentially, the scheme is a reminder, through the use of metaphors. It is articulated by a series of basalt splaying columns and perpendicularly arranged timber beams, with the roles, of framing and containing.

Balloch’s Geographic Significance

Balloch’s Geographic Significance

On the topographical boundary between the High- and Low-lands. At the point of most tensioned due to the proximity to Glasgow/ population density.
Balloch Pier as a Symbol

Balloch Pier as a Symbol

A 600m long threshold formed as a consequence of balloch’s resent history connecting the former trainline to the Steamboats of Loch Lomond. Current culture/ civic infrastructure is not celebrating the macro significance.
Re-Connection

Re-Connection

Structure and Landscape

Structure and Landscape

The permanence of structural components addresses the timeframe of specific narratives. Structural components come together to form spaces; Program is distributed in structure according to significance.
A Vista – compromised of both nature and infrastructure

A Vista – compromised of both nature and infrastructure

An extension of the phenomenological experience walking along river Leven is applied to the residential retreat’s elevation, with the client in mind.
A Journey

A Journey

Celebrating the Threshold and Realising the Vastness. Elevations function as a grid to give scale and juxtapose the vastness of Loch Lomond and the Grampian Highlands.
Ground Plan - Context + 1st Floor Plan - Rhythm

Ground Plan - Context + 1st Floor Plan - Rhythm

Performance Space - Ceiling Plan + Sections + Key elevation

Performance Space - Ceiling Plan + Sections + Key elevation

Façade Study + Detailed Envelope

Façade Study + Detailed Envelope

The façade as a mediator between Sistema and the Public. Vents: sound to outside, Light to inside.
Study of Sound

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shaped by the timeless physical behaviour of sound. Stone masses, the most permanent material of the scheme, are the means to reflect sound. The locally sourced basalt rock determines the texture of the interior finished while being the primary warm structure. Forming a series of splaying columns, they direct music from the tight practice rooms to the spacious communal areas and the exterior public path. Giving value to the process of practising and in the context of Sistema, meaning to an individual, by establishing a one-way relationship of channelling music.
Cross Section - Social Relations

Cross Section - Social Relations

The arrangement of the program in cross section depicts the social relations between the individuals in Sistema and Sistema with the public.
Performance Hall - Perspective Cross-Section

Performance Hall - Perspective Cross-Section

The structure aims to materialise the feeling experienced by the users from the activity hosted. In a metaphysical sense, it reinforces the 'transcending' quality of Sistema.