The Daring Story Teller
Eu Jin Lim & Shann Yong
Brick Lane is a neighbourhood renowned for its diversity in its multi- cultural and pluralistic society. The ever-growing culture of these collective needs shapes the architecture.
The linear site if the old train station portrays an essential opportunity to link Brick Lane to the nearest green of the Allen Gardens. Limited exposure to the south sun on the lower ground of the station create the damp and undesirable nature of the existing volume, The longer north and south faces of the site has limited threshold to both the immediate residential wall and the train tracks.
By reusing the familiar and domestic form and features of the existing old train station, a pair of sandwiching volumes of the similar kind is introduced. An internal light void of their own proportion now takes place in each of the volumes.
The ‘Rule of Three’ is a principle used in many fairy tales, writings, slogans and collectibles, well known to tell a story effectively. ‘Omne trium perfectum’ is a Latin phrase used to explain that everything that comes in 3 is perfect, or every set of three is complete. The proposal introduces the very own beloved building of three to Brick Lane to create their own stories.
Who influences you graphically?
We have always been influenced by great artists from diverse backgrounds that are usually beyond the field of architecture itself. From comic artists like Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine to directors like Wes Andersen. In terms of architecture, we have recently been very attached to the works of Sam Jacob, Jimenez Lai, and Li Han.
What dictated your colour palette and to what extent might its vibrancy be directly related to the atmosphere of the site, Brick lane?
When we decided to take part in the competition, we knew that we have to acknowledge the vibrant and diverse ‘colours’ of brick lane. It was also what got us excited especially when the context of the brief is definitely one that will allow us to breakaway from the dogmas, and be a little more daring with colours.
What is the effect and purpose of this cartoon like graphics?
We like the idea of story telling. They always make it easier for people to consume. With the limitation of the submission’s format, we thought this would be the best way to get the message of the design across in the most interesting and effective way. Similar to a simple cartoon strip that usually packs a strong punch in a wordy newspaper.
How can diagrams as a medium explore the proposal where drawings can’t?
As architecture of any scale, in most cases are usually quite complex. We see diagram as a simplifying tool to convey information on our architectural strategies across most efficiently. Drawings on the other hand to us are usually a stand-alone piece that should not be compromised merely for speed and simplification. They should be there for audiences to be immersed.
How might ‘the rule of Three’ be further reinforced through the careful formatting of images in triptychs?
Most definitely. It was one of our earlier attempts to format the images on the competition board in ‘threes’ but we find it quite restrictive as we are only allowed to submit one board. We didn’t want to overdo the concept where it might put a limit on other aspects of our proposition.