Institute of Oceanographers (Fifth Grace)
The project generates hundreds of experiments in two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometries — but resists the typical move to inhabit just one of them. Instead, compositions, patterns, components, and eventually large building elements, are tested and developed structurally and compositionally, gradually assembling a very different architectural presence.
In the first semester, unlikely components were fused, generating a diminutive megastructure for bats – in concrete (at wetland level) and timber (above). In the second, the increasingly developed components – structural table, layered plan; intricate façade — were assembled, building up a massive but anti-heroic structure to stand in the place of the Fifth Grace. With the Fourth Grace site left void, this structure acts as open research, exhibition and education structure, re-introducing an ambiguous monumental working building to the Liverpool dockside.