INITIAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE SITE
Our first impressions and feelings for this project and its surrounding area were created at the site. In our next meetings, throughout discussions, we discussed how we could express the ‘left out’ phenomenon of the 71-75 Robertson street building. Moreover, our initial thoughts of the site were based on focusing towards the physical appearance of the building and how the building could be modified to bring out the most benefit towards the whole community.
Later on, the fact that all the surrounding buildings are so tall, glassy and modern; full of busy people absorbed by their everyday life and the stress of their daily routine and obligations became our main concern. The rapid urbanization, global stress and the isolation between the people and the whole society have affected architecture and the people in a direct way. This building contradiction emphasizes the different approaches between the past and the present in the way architecture and society has developed. Therefore, we decided to focus more on the social aspects of this area.
Finally, through a series of sketches, we tried to express our ideas based on the ignorance of the history of the place which caused the buildings to be left abandoned, ‘unseen’ and dismal in quiet central districts.