Author: Vincenzo Damato
Instructors: Idrees Rasouli- Diana Cochrane
Ravensbourne College North Greenwich London
Winning concept for Rehab and Reuse hospitality competition sponsored by NEWH UK
What if you could be given the opportunity to control the rain ? And what if you could experience it from a whole new level? The Sewer Ditch becomes the redefinition of a potential indoor future whose aim is to be closer to the exterior in qualities, uses and routines. An attractive art installation (The Rain Room) is here redesigned not only to serve as an artistic insight in everyday lives but also to serve as a sustainable system within the existing urban context. Being inspired by the old watercourses in Shoreditch, The Sewer Ditch (as Shoreditch was once called) is a thrilling whole new concept that the local community of tomorrow will be ready to embrace. Concrete sewer pipes become the revolutionary thinking behind the design of a new hotel room thought to borrow new exciting views over the city. The hotel of the future has never been any closer, combining historical traits of the area with a spark of retro futuristic fashion for the fantastic, delusional dreams of our past to come back to life.
This unit develops an understanding of the means for design of buildings with a high environmental performance rating, with a focus on the effects of changing patterns of work and space habitation on interior design. The proposed environmental strategy goes beyond the idea of a sustainable thinking implementing and constructing a solution that could better define the rehabilitation of the whole biscuit building complex. Main attraction in the building is given by the installation of two rain rooms respectively in the hotel and office atriums. They do not only act as lungs for the building but also integrate an artistic experience in everyday life while you go to work, socialise or rest. The proposal does also include constructional aspects which aim is to benet the environment with the use of prefabricated sewers installed on site and re-furbished with attention to detail for both design and functionality.