RIBA Competition for Preston On Side Youth Zone at the existing Bus Station.
A unique intervention in the urban environment of Preston – utilising materials not seen elsewhere in the city centre, creating an immediate identity for the new building. Big blue box of youth. A bravado statement of youth aspiration made visible. Breaking Boundaries – Physical and Visual Permeability. ‘David and Goliath’ relationship with existing building. Youth friendly landscape – Active not passive – an enlivening landscape. Ground level connectivity to bus station –shared space. Looks safe – Is safe.
Derives from existing widths creating a natural balance. With the mass and bulk of the existing bus station building.
The grid emerges from the geometry of the existing building. References the rhythm of the bus station.
The internal spaces are grouped by programme, both horizontally and vertically within the protective envelope. Each element / function is defined by its own strong coloured identity – creating an internal visibility of use. Importantly – the ‘spaces in-between’ becomes the defining feature of the building where ‘accidental’ meetings / greetings can occur. Simple and intuitive movement through the building, signalled by bold colour ‘zones’.
We envisage internal flexibility of structure within a defined grid which allows multiple solutions to the programme / layout of the building elements to be determined following future design development. The footprint of the proposal can cater for the areas as defined in the brief – at this time, internal spatial relationships are available for multiple solutions.
Circulation is seen as a site wide experience. Free movement is promoted across the site – controlled at the perimeter of the new building. The building can be ‘opened up’ to the public park at key times – festivals, performances etc,by means of a tilting door within the façade of the building. This allows the external landscape to flow into the building to a lowered area performance space. A new entrance to the bus station is provided, street level access through breaks within the strong geometric landscaping.
-A new primary entrance
-An upgraded concourse with direct views to the new building.
-We suggest upgrading the bus departure pods.
-Part of the first floor of the bus station is used for linkage to the youth zone.
We propose:The landscape design is seen as a dynamic counterpoint to the
simple geometric form of the building envelope. Undulating ribbons of hard and soft landscape at varying levels allow for the natural tendency to perch, sit, lie, move, walk – with the new building as a dramatic backdrop contrasting with the natural rhythms of the wave forms. The much disliked underpass is re-envisaged as a dip within the landscape, or potential dedicated skate area – changing the perception of the space from much hated to much loved.
PRESTON ON SIDE YOUTH ZONE - A GUILD HALL FOR YOUTH
PRESTON BUS STATION COMPETITION
Location: Preston, Lancashire, UK
Client: Lancashire County Council
Project Lead: Roman Strzala