University Of Greenwich Unit 19

University Of Greenwich Unit 19


We have been asked to to design a museum devoted to Digital Communications when museums aren’t needed – design spaces where the medium is the message, situated in a world of rapid social change, 50 or 60 years into the future…

Show through architecture the history and future of our ecstasy of dislocation located at Enderby’s Wharf – choreograph the virtual with the actual.

The Spontaneous Museum Represents my final concept for this unit 19 design project. The idea has been approved my tutors and shows a lot of promise for an interesting, dynamic building that interacts with the site and relates closely to the brief.

The initial idea for this concept, developing on from my urban strategy of structures and bridges, came from considering using transporter bridges (Examples below) to create a museum that has the ability to adapt and reconfigure itself depending on exhibition requirements. Not only doe this allow the building to closely with the site as it is now, it also introduces an element of time into the design, which of course is one off the most important aspects of any museum.

University Of Greenwich Unit 19


While this concept will act merely as a stepping stone to my final concept, it is worth posting to show the development towards my final concept…

The inhabited bridge is closely related to my final urban strategy, a future strategy with the intention of designing a number of structures throughout the Greenwich peninsular. Similar to Tschumi’s Parc De La Villette, parallel bridges could then be created between the structures in the event off a flood, with the structure becoming the foundations of the bridges. This essentially creates a new street level above the existing, while weaving into the existing urban grain. This would act as a reaction to flooding, embracing the potential flood rather than constantly working to prevent it whilst also seeing bridges in a new way, as structures to live and work on. This concept could be further expanded to build similar future structures on all flood plains.

This urban strategy is now finalised and will not change, it extends the brief on communications by creating future iterations in connectivity, between existing buildings, providing alternative access routes tangling and engaging with the existing urban fabric.

University Of Greenwich Unit 19

The clients for this project will be a combination off the environmental agency and the Greenwich society. Within the urban strategy structures and bridge spaces will also be sold off to developers for both housing and commercial uses. Going back to the basics of the brief, the inhabited bridge will act as museum dedicated to communication technology, on a site with a rich history in communications. In a way a bridge is very much related to communications, in the sense that it creates a connection between two points. The spaces within the bridge will be split into service spaces and exhibition spaces, allowing for an efficient design of required spaces and more flexibility within the exhibition spaces themselves. The exhibition spaces could ultimately be separate platforms that plug into the structures designed for the bridge.

The sketches below illustrate my development sketches for the inhabited bridge, the majority of the drawings depict inhabited structures in which a bridge spans through rather than an inhabited bridge such as  Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Currently all bridges span across the river at the rivers edge to act as an extension to the existing Thames walkway.