Kielder Crash Site

Project Description

Early in our design process we looked to the method of orthographic projection in map making, especially in those unconventional techniques used to map heavenly bodies. These methods of unfolding the universe became formal metaphors for an unfolding of the hemispheres. The sphere has no ground plane, it exists independent of up or down, and it is only through the most violent means that it can be reimagined as a terrestrial object. This project examines a crash landing as metaphor for perhaps the most violent method of unfolding. The crash site leaves shards embedded in the earth, each remnant a ghost of the whole as they trace in their arrangement the trajectory of impact and excavation leading to new inhabitation. The new program elements are distributed along the site perpendicular to the slope and accessed via a system of trenches that connect each building back up to the existing observatory.