A Tower in the City
Joseph Murray, Diploma, Kingston School of Art, 2019
Project Description by Tutors Adam Kahn and Juliette Scalbert
This year Unit 8 has been looking at the deep level of nurture and protection that architecture can offer to vulnerable areas of the city. Situating ourselves at the heart of Ridley Road Market in Dalston Kingsland, an area under real threat of development that is insensitive to the diverse cultural characteristics of the market, project looks to the robust architecture of the Palazzi of Naples as an example of how a building facade can absorb the toughness of everyday life.
At a site at the quieter, eastern end of Ridley Road Market Joe’s project proposes a cantilevered vaulted canopy that provides a deep dramatic shelter for the street market and a threshold to the gardens beyond, coming to ground in three tree trunk like feet. The body of the cast, stereotomic structure holds a public room overlooking the market and a terrace above. Perched unnervingly at the edge of this base is a tower of pre-cast concrete panels. Their fine relief invokes perspectival illusion and layering to create a delicate volume like an alabaster release. In both form and tectonic the project proposes a set of dualities addressing different scale and types of urban experience.
Compiled by Annas Mojaddidi
Published 12th July 2019