Heading to or heading for? A destination or a journey? A way or away?
Living in the urban city, we seem to have everything we need – shops, restaurants, pubs, cafes, entertainment… Do we need all these?
“What Is Your HAPPY PLACE?”
A.Way Village, located at London Road, Brighton, in between the main road and a residential area, 0.7 miles away from Brighton Train Station. A village that sits above the ground, approximately 40 metres in height, acts as a hill in the middle of Brighton. With the help of the local community, we created kiosks and spaces in between the platforms. People can enjoy walking up the hill without feeling alone, they meet friends, make conversation, experience spaces through the garden tunnels, board games, workshop… Together, WE create memories. This village is a place that not only provides people with nature in this current situation but also allows us to slow down our path and enjoy every little thing, appreciate ordinary happiness, which we call 日常之美 (rì cháng zhī měi) in Mandarin.
This project is dedicated to the old man I met a few years ago in Hong Kong when I went on my first solo hike. He told me that “Sometimes it is not about the destination, it’s about the journey.”
" There is no architecture without events, without activities, without functions; architecture must be thought of as the combination of spaces, events, and movements..." Bernard Tschumi
Let Things Happen,
This idea is inspired by Edouard François “L’immeuble qui pousse” (the building that grows).
Wisterias climb by twining their stems around any available support. They can climb as high as 20 metres above the ground and spread out 10 metres. Once the wisterias have grown around the raindrop columns and have become strong enough, the columns can then be trimmed.