Crafting the Past
As the brief, we, in Continuity in Architecture, are tasked to design a guild hall based on our investigation in Preston and the heritage scheme. From my observation during the town visit, I chose a specific programme- Stone Craft Guild Hall for several clients, namely, Stone masons, repairing and restoring stone pieces from historical buildings in Preston, Tourists and Bus Passengers, from Preston Bus Station to visit the site, Researchers and Students, studying stone.
Four main design ideas and features involved in the building are described in the following. Crafting and design, to provide a working place for stone masons to do stone works; a charity for art, stone collections, and gathering like-minded people. Education and support, to establish relationship between Preston city center and Preston Bus Station with learning how architects renovate and preserve historic buildings. Technical strategies, the design considers several conditions from the site to create a sustainable building with a well-lit, well-ventilation atmosphere. Besides, it remains the heritage building's structure, and facade decorations, improving user involvement, safety issues, and energy efficiency. Last but not least, climate emergency considerations, using local or environmental friendly materials for design building, e.g. lime cladding, exposed hempcrete interior walls; retrofiting and extending the existing heritage building into a higher value design.