RIBA (Sussex Branch) Prize 2020 Nominee
The Will + Partners Design Prize Nominee
My work this year was inspired by a hypothetical and anarchistic approach to building, exploring an architectural language developed via a satire of current (restrictive) planning laws. A series of new rooftop extensions take over the town of Rye in East Sussex. These extensions mimic the shape of natural objects such as clouds, trees and distant hills, a cultivated picturesque language which softens the extensions and replaces lost views with artificial and exaggerated versions. The construction of these elements is proposed as a speculative, collective move by local residents undertaken without government intervention or official sanction. The developments begin with small-scale residential additions but – following consequent increases in the population – move on to provide public and civic spaces.
01. The park
02. The office
03. The Community Centre
What the project represents right now is the provision of the 67 new houses/flats that are needed in the next 8 years as well as the public spaces that would come with them. This number is not thought of as a static one. As more dwellings are needed in the future more rooftops or space voids (park) could be taken over. With the first housing extension alone an extra 137.9 m² were provided, taking into account that there are more than 600 buildings within the conservation area the potential for further extensions is great, continuing this tradition of Rye’s Cloud Cover.