2ND YEAR WORKS
P1: Photography Studio in the Peaks
This project is in collaboration with
In this project we were tasked to design a photography studio on a natural threshold that we identified along the surprise view hiking route in the peak district. We wanted to create an ideal opportunity for nature and landscape photographers to work near an inspiring source. Through studying the nature of photographers, the site we chose is one of varying scales of intimacy and openness: an ideal melting pot of experiences for these creatives to practice their craft. This project seeks to touch the ground lightly, with each of its spaces reflecting a different face of the site
A STUDY ON PHOTOGRAPHY
ABOUT THE SITE
Upon the threshold that is an abandoned millstone quarry, remains a cliff edge that cuts into the natural terrain, bringing into close proximity parts of the hill that are disparate in nature. The project identifies three main experiences across this threshold.
First, on the upper threshold, wide open plains with strong winds leaves one feeling exposed and vulnerable to the natural forces. Here we have the photography gallery and main entry point along the hiking path. The translucent walls celebrates the openness of the place.
A series of platforms mediate the upper and lower territory. With lookout points at a comfortable width for a photographer to set up his tripod, shoud he be inspired along the way.
Nestled at the base of the cliff is the workshop space, where briefings and lectures for novices may take place. This space may open up to the richly textural lower territory in the summer.
Tucked along the natural curvature of the quarry is the private studio space. here professional photographers may edit and print their work amid the intimate scale of the trees.