THE EXTENDED TERRITORY OF SCENE AND HEARD | London, UK | Unit 21 | 2014
The building houses Scene and Heard, a theater and charity that take underprivileged children from the local area of Somers town and teach them to write plays. These plays are then performed to by professional actors to a public audience. This project explores how the territory of Scene and Heard’s work expands into the homes of the children and how over the years this territory has grown. This is done by mapping where the children live in relation to the site and then transposing this map onto the facade and geometry of the building. The project also aims to create a wonderland full of exciting shapes and play spaces, such as the theatre pod and tree house play spaces held up by chemically reinforced structural glass “light trees”, which create a friendly and playful environment where the children can escape the difficulties of their everyday lives and be themselves.
The “light trees” and the perforated brass facade work together with the pods to create a variety of different lighting conditions in the building that vary throughout the day.