Oblique view of the Frame

Coexistence of new order and old presence; the stepped levels between the refectory and the dining hall is made interior and reconfigured as an atrium entry sequence. The detail shows the new steel and concrete construction and tamped clay wall that is inserted amongst the ruins, while reinforcing the structural stability of the ruins. 
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RIEVAULX PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE


Excerpt from Master's Thesis 2013


This preliminary design proposal for a performance institute to exist within the twelfth century ruins of Rievaulx Abbey is a part of Master’s thesis entitled “Enframed.” Rejecting the notion of perceiving ruin as a simple material for contemplation, the institute coexists with the ruin as the most recent episode in its architectural history, to preserve not its material artifact but its presence. The new entity grows from the framework of the ruins, to frame its historical, architectural, and material identity. It aims to inscribe a contemporary relation by introducing a new order to the old presence and reinstate the site continuum of Rievaulx Abbey. Programs include: building workshop, indoor performance theatre, outdoor performance spaces, practice halls, artist in residency units and dormitory.

Looking through the Frame

Frames that places the viewer in a spectator or voyeur relationship is studied. The framing structure of a viewer and the object behind the frame demands performance; The directed visual connectinos to the centre from the two volumes of residence units and dining hall creates a visual tension that awaits a ‘performance‘ in the courtyard. 
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Moving through the Frame

Taking cues from the existing rhythms of window dimensions, the new structure introduces sequenced planes of frames that arouse a sense of spatial progression in this multipurpose studio space in the refectory. Geometry of the original roof structure is echoed in contemprary construction methods.
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