Porject: A New Heart of Preston Bus Station
Team Members: Tina, Sarah, Chen
Date: 7th May 2013
As we all know, a correct dimention is the most importment step before we design anything. In order to observe the detials of bus station, we went to servey and photoed the site. However, we found the original CAD drawing was nor accurte, so we changed the scale according to the data we surveyed. Besides, because lots of buildings connect with bus station, we need to find out how these buildings work. And we explore potentials of the building, because we want to give it rebirth.
Because of a city centre location, it will be a good idea if design to attrack new people to Preston and a considerable number of evernts will be held in this primer scaled expo centre. We also divided this exhibition centre into two parts, a permenent one and a flexible one. At the part of our project, a new entrance will be developed as well. An unusual restaurant looks back to the city. It is unique and its internal could reflect the weather outside.
Preston is in need of a playful and more light hearted place. In recession, everyone in worrr about their future and there are few opportunities about positive experience. By doing so, we intend to bring entertainment to help Preston, which according to how South Korea and Japan be away from recession by the help of entertainment industry. In these redevelopement facilities, people could play and help each other through challenges, in the adventure centre.
As we approached the end of the first phase of the project. We decided to focus on developing the core of the building. The reason for this is that it gave us an opportunity to develop a story behind the building’s rebirth. Our previous design approach was to gather ideas and to zone these in the building. The core of the building we envisage playing a key role in engaging the people of Preston in the building’s future. 70% of the people in Preston love the building. And 30% would like to see it demolished. In the project, we gave the people what they wanted. By demolishing 30% of the building at its core provided us with a site to develop something new — a new heart. The design is a metaphor, a poetic gesture.
In order to understand this building deeply, we have made a model based on our project. It is considered to design the heart of this building as a capacious public area.
So How to better utilize this public area in the center of this building? Is the main objective of our project.According to our observation, the Preston Bus Station is a relatively high building at Preston, so we think it may be a good opportunity for us to design an interesting staircase to let people enjoy the different views of the Preston from different levels. The idea of designing a staircase in the center of the building is come from the Berlin trip. From the following picture, the architecture in the photo is a parliament house in Berlin. You can see people appreciate the view from different height. So this is the inspiration of the design of staircase in our project. By building a sculptural sinuous ramp through the demolished space a new organic contrasting element is introduced. By purposefully slowing people’s transit, people have time to reflect on the building, also on the views across Preston. Voids in the space are utilized as a gallery space, to view works by local artists. As there are no steps, everyone can use it.
Once we decided to put sinuous ramp in the center, then we have drawn some schemes for its design.. The rose of Lancashire provides inspiration for the ramp’s shape. Interpreted in a contemporary way — it is only fully understood when looking down from above.
However, there is one problem when the design proceeding to this step.We know the main function of the original stairs is to let people enjoy the different views of Preston from different height. However, we thought that it is still not attractive enough to use the stairs to appreciate the view outside the building. Because there is a long ramp you need to climb from the ground floor to the top of the building. Especially people can use lift as an alternative. So, we have to involve a fascinating element in our design of the heart of the building. After get rid of other optional plans, we decided to set an aquarium in the center. The aquarium will be surrounded by the ramp. On the different altitude, people can watch different aquatic species. The marine aquarium provided a way of viewing the fish and fauna that live off the west coast, normally invisible because the water is so rough and dirty. Then people will enjoy using the ramp. They would not feel boring or tired if there is a goal to attract them to climb from the ground to the top. We also found an example of a similar design.
So this is our final solution of the center design of the Preston Bus Station. It is integrated with the rose ramp and marine aquarium. So people can enjoy the view from outside and inside of the building from different level.