The thesis explores design through materiality. By understanding the existing shipyard buildings in Gdańsk, the design embraces materiality, language and is derived from its place.
‘Meaning and value are here vested solely in the artefact - the building - and form is developed from the intense working of materials and their means of construction.’ Zumthor
Materials are the foundation of a successful building and place. Materials significantly alter one’s perspective by inheriting a material’s characteristics to create a collective space. The interaction of seeing relatable objects, such as a brick, allows one to appreciate the scale of the construction. The textures and colours of a material both affect its perceived weight, scale, light qualities and the buildings narrative. The proposal seeks to bring back the derelict fire station and partner this with a much needed religious space. The two communities of the fire station and the church are tied together in a cafe space in the former fire station that is also open to the general public in a move to engage with the wider community.