NTU Architecture Subject Group

Millbay Parasol

This brief proposes a border control typology that creates a link between the Mill bay docks (sea front that harbours ferries coming from Spain and France) and the Palace theatre in Plymouth. This border control aspires to address and defy the concept of having unpleasant experiences of border control buildings, and serves as a reflection of how the ports can be in future.

This will be established in form of a pedestrian and cycling bridge that gives interesting knowledge of the British History through plays inspired from the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Subsequently generating a timeline-based journey of the British history on 6 proposed Parasols, in which each of them portrays a different story.
In the middle of this journey is a proposed theatre space, which is a scaled down version of the Olympics Stadium that suggests a slightly different strategy in terms of seating configuration. It will have a walk path for individuals to be circulating around the elevated performance stage in which immigration machines will be put in place.

Therefore, they somehow establish this relationship or become a part of this event before taking a seat.

Furthermore, it will provide shading in the area and aims to grow English ivy around the whole structure to serve as an air purification system. With this strategy, the possibility for creating a green lung and a remedial device for pollution for Plymouth is generated.

According to (Trust, 2013), The Palace Theatre is viewed as an identity of the community, therefore it will be retained and function as a tradition theatre. However, in this context the Palace theatre inhabits each of the rooms with different stories of past events and the people that were held in the theatre. The stages are more vibrant because each time a person does a performance; they leave a bit of themselves there.

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Rufaidah Jaafar
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Rufaidah Jaafar
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