The project is focused on the use of the datum as a means of presenting a journey through the building, experiencing spatial and material transitions.
The proposal, a writer’s retreat which also houses of a set of public reading rooms and bookshop, situated in Rye, East Sussex, forms part of the Rye literary circuit, its public spaces allow for its use as a place for spoken word performances and literary event, lectures, etc.
The project is not focused on function, rather materiality and spatial atmosphere but uses function as a way of pushing the datum to become a purposeful as well as decorative element of architecture. The experience of the datum within the proposal is used to suggest a shift between public and private space and lead the user around the project. Its form shifts as it follows the plan becoming various architectural elements that respond to shifts in scale and reflects the human scale.