The Crafts Council moved into its site, a former Chapel, in 1991, there was a gallery, workshop, library, cafe and shop. In 2006 on-site activity decreased in favour of national programmes. Now in 2016 wit craft more popular than ever, the Crafts Council plans to remodel the space to make it public once again that will connect new audiences with craft to engage and inspire the next generation of talent.
We worked in small groups to explore the site at Pentonville Road and propose a new flexible work, display and exhibition space, to include a new 'maker' library, shop, cafe and educational workshop for the Crafts Council. Through exploring how new digital techniques can contribute to craft and architectural/spatial paractices we had an opportunity to design furniture, display systems, exhibition spaces and work areas.
SITE VISUALS AND DRAWINGS
The way we divided the building allows workers to have a flexible space they would be able to change depending on what it’s used for at a particular moment. Apart from a waiting area at the entrance and a meeting space, the building would have a library/ exhibition room with permanent and movable displays and an interactive corridor that would help visitors understand craft a bit more by touching various materials craft can be made of.
To incorporate the building’s history in our design we decided to make our interpretation of different architectural elements that are common for churches. In order to combine this idea with craft we used different types of stained glass in some parts of the building that would give reflections on some surfaces of the space. The meeting room, which is an addition to the backyard of Crafts Council, would be made of glass bricks that illustrate the use of glass in craft and give a connection between the space and the surrounding brick buildings.