the imaginary rock foundation
The purpose of the Imaginary Rock is to question the reality
of things that are presented as unchanging law or theory, mechanical illusions,
as well as to support the reality of what is not. The rock is thus a changing
centre, not a fixed one, that can be recreated in any place at any time simply
by saying so.
Is that what they used to call magic?
No more so than is the speaking of any word in a new way
before it gets used up and turned into a threat or crutch by repetition, by
seeming to fix the flux of life that is composed of change. © JCJ
Hackney Central Shopfronts : 2013
This project, carried out in colalboration with Adams & Sutherland, sees IRF commisiioned to work with three separate premises along Hackney Central’s Mare Street & Narrow Way.
This territory was identified by DFL & HBC for urgent OLF funding, post riots and an effort to improve the situation for traders and shoppers, pedestrians alike along this stretch, got underway.
Again, a partnership with traders such as Carol & Martin of Wally Herbert’s, a family business since the 1960’s, was established, then through a series of conversations and design discussions, we developed a design proposal for the fish kiosk Wally Herberts, at the station approach.
Other units in this first phase included the poundshop on Narrow Way and R&B the Caribbean Takeaway on Clarence Road.
Due on site late 2013
Shade & Shelter at St Helena
Second Place winners for 64 unit new housing prototype scheme for St Helena (UK)_ 2013
This project seeks to develop new housing on the island of St. Helena, who’s population is set to grow over the coming two decades. Alongside new infrastructure such as a port and airport, St. Helena’s governance has recognised the need for urgent new housing, of various types and sizes.
The project seeks to employ vernacular building materials, bamboo, local stone and to work with the dramatic topography of this historic site, positioned over the main Georgian town of Jamestown.
In construction terms, an in-situ frame is built using pre-fabricated re-usable form work - this frame consists of a steel rod reinforced St. Helena Eco-crete frame, using volcanic ash as the pozzolan for lime based cement and an aggregate from rocks extracted whilst leveling the site the frame is distanced from the main body of the building creating a climatic ‘buffer’, of bamboo- a lightweight shutter system then forms the inner skin and is the controllable human interface.
Shopportunity Walthamstow: 2013
A project, carried out in colalboration with East Architecture, where IRF are commisioned to work with three separate premises along Wood Street’s lively length.
Creative partnerships between artists/designers/makers and local traders/service providers produce improvements which engender a sense of delight and pride, and help the neighbourhood to grow culturally and economically.
The Imaginary Rock are working with Ward’s Family Fashions, Quality Domestic Appliances and Bargain Corner. IRF are also commissioned as part of Wood Street Inside Out, to make a permenant artwork installation to one of the prominent corners along the high street.
On-site until late 2013
The Imaginary Rock Foundation are Runners-up in the 2011 Nationwide Sustainable Housing Competition
"A very architectural approach - Altogether a beautifully expressed story." - Judges Comments
Nationwide Sustainable Housing Competition - Hillington Square, Kings Lynn
Identity is the holy grail of town planners, and is generally thought to be the special reserve of organically ‘grown’ urban structures. The successful ‘planned community’ is like a fable passed down through generations of urban design scholars with little such places in evidence. The ‘Estate’ defies this as beyond our very own skin there is no more definitive a sense of identity, no less eradicable a mark. Unfortunately Hillington is structurally flawed and we argue that no amount of facelifts will help resolve this.
Sustainable Forestry Headquarters and Workers Residence - Salta, Argentina
Most of the forest areas in the North of Argentina haven't been properly used during the last decades. Unsustainable logging and pasture management resulted in an extended degradation of the forests. GMF Latinoamericano integrates extended properties in the North of Argentina in a comprehensive forest management scheme as a sustainable and profitable timber utilization is inevitable for the long-term maintenance of the Argentine forests. GMF commissioned a remote headquarters using locally sourced materials.
The Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, England
The International Anthony Burgess Foundation encourages and supports public and scholarly interest in all aspects of the life and work of Anthony Burgess. Based in Manchester, England, with an extensive library, archive and study centre containing Burgess’s books, music and papers. Chorlton Mill, a grade 2 listed building, also houses a performance venue where new work by writers, artists and musicians is presented. The design for the foundations' new home at the restored mill was commissioned in 2009.
Europan 9 Kimmage- Dublin, Ireland
The proposal for the Europan 9 Dublin site has two primary and complementary goals: to maximise the dignity, comfort and communal life for its elderly residents and to animate and vitalise public life, involving the wider area via interventions in Stanaway Park. It has been important at all scales to maintain a varying balance of communality and individuality, this is achieved through a series of key principals including a strategy of distinctiveness to heighten memory and is achieved via an approach of playing and sewing, with spaces of varying degrees of public & private provided via degrees of threshold and protection.
Located on the busy and polluted Bricklayer's Arms Roundabout, this 1960's 'sitting out terrace' attached to the 10-storey Peveril House, lies abandoned and derelict. The Foundation are currently working on proposals to bring it back into use.