Preston Guild can be defined as a space where research, trade, and knowledge converge, embodying the rich history of science, particularly astronomy. It was here that the discovery of the Transit of Venus took place, marking a significant milestone in scientific exploration.
When a planet passes between a star and its observer it creates a temporary alignment, referred to as a “Transit.” This phenomenon occurs when the planet’s orbit brings it directly in front of the star from the observer’s perspective. Observing transits of celestial bodies in the vicinity of Orion’s Belt serves as a poignant reminder of the ever-changing nature of the universe and the intricate interplay between astronomical objects. Such moments provide astronomers and stargazers with captivating opportunities to witness the alignment of planets with distant stars, igniting a sense of wonder within the site.
In my proposal, the concept of transits holds profound relevance, extending to a design of a central observatory and integrated library. Just as a planet aligns with a star during a transit, the central observatory assumes a pivotal role, aligning harmoniously with its surroundings. An interplay of multiple layers orchestrate a dynamic experience, with each building serving a specific function and embodying distinct forms of circulation. From private zones dedicated to focused exploration, to public areas designed to facilitate engagement and collaboration, the site encompasses a diverse range of spaces. These layers create an environment that accommodates various needs creating layers of discovery.
The spirit of guild endures within the site, evolving into a space that welcomes all users to engage in trading ideas, and expand their knowledge. Similar to the alignment of celestial bodies, the intersecting lines of pathways offer multiple avenues for individuals to connect with the wonders of the cosmos, fostering inclusivity and cultivating a shared appreciation of astronomy.