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DESIGN LAB
CASE STUDY 003

REMNANTS

'you can discover moments in everything here '

Remnants was a competition entry, using Hackney as it's muse - we designed a moment that we believe encapsulates all that Hackney is. The new, old and the malleable zones that exist between them.

Hackney has always been about production. During 19th Century, Hackney became an industrial powerhouse; manufacturing many materials for the built environment.  Whether this was glass - Goddard and Gibbs glass studio’s opened in the same century and contributed immensely after WWII.  Brick - Hackney being an important manufacturer of Brick and Tile. Once this industrial moment slowed; Hackney’s fabric consisted of remnants from this time. The gas holders, the chimneys; the leftovers of long abandoned factories; hollowed and left as is. But nothing stays ‘left as is’ for long here - a trait we wanted to capture.

The two perforated latticed walls transition from conventional brick into glass bricks,  The curvature of the walls provide a series of half spaces, all experienced in different moments from different approaches. The final half space is the centre filled with plants created by these two structures. Supported by steel rods and plates, these structures are then laced with lights; to which have been programmed to start as soon darkness is sensed.

By day, Remnants provides a subtle addition to its surroundings sitting as an extension to the wharf, a pellucid place. To passerbys, Remants is a wall, that hints to additional moments - the lattice designed to never fully dictate the view, there are many moments that can happen within as well as outside of it.

By night, it becomes something else triggered by darkness. The perimeter of the half space begins to light up in an upward ring formation towards the sky. In this moment, Remnants becomes a beacon - providing canal users, pedestrians and inhabitants a point of reminder.  The reminder: Remnants’ change is incremental and subtle but most certainly there is a constant state of change; if explored,  you can discover moments in everything here. Much like Hackney.

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