by Oliwia Biesiaga

Throughout the year, we considered different types of radical re-use – of unwanted materials as well as of under-valued space. I explored and created work using chance operations and recycled materials, developing fabric re-uses, recycling facilities and curtain designs. The final project extended this approach into a way to transform a severely under resourced series of public spaces and facilities behind Queen’s Crescent market in northern Camden. The project was for a new community building (café and feeding centre, clothing swap workshops, community rooms and caretakers flat). The building takes a simple form, with a main core enclosed by a recycled brick façade, whilst the remaining skin is mainly double glazed. A large external curtain hangs from the 4th floor, providing a pop of colour as well as having thermal and acoustic properties, with other curtains used inside and out.