Hachure was developed as a sanctuary to commemorate Manchester’s rich history within the textile industry, not only was Manchester the centre of the Industrial revolution but for a short time, Salford Quays and Pomona Island were to become the third busiest port in Britain, despite being about 40 miles inland. To discover that this once bustling dockland became a serene wasteland after years of neglect, the Hachure project aims to restore and celebrate Pomona’s legacy. Hachure will become the catalyst for surrounding communities to explore the forgotten landscape of Pomona, activating a process of transformation for both people and place. The project will allow the site to remain largely wild and overgrown, the structure becoming concealed from the outside, allowing the visitor to enjoy a journey of contrast, nature and structure working in harmony. This approach will provide the visitor with a sense of exploration and intriguing perspectives.
From the point the visitor steps through the walkway, a large runway space dominates Hachures atrium. Acting as a naturally lit public space the runway extends into the River Irwell presenting Manchester’s industrial landscape; weaving history with design. Hachure is one of the only places in Manchester where fashion designers and students can utilise the runway for fashion showcases. The visitors may choose to come and study fashion design, embroidery and weaving. Later, fashion designed and made within the workshop facilities shall be displayed at the permanent exhibition within the building. Hachure was born from the charged history of Manchester’s textile industry and delivered via interaction with fashion, architecture, design and creativity in all its forms, but also nature and the environment.