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Office for Subversive Architecture - English project
|Greenland Street, Liverpool|
Press Release: Office for Subversive Architecture
Greenland Street offers a new and unique opportunity for emerging architectural
practices to design and build a major temporary structure. The commission
for the roof of The Blade Factory, a 700+ sq m space that is part of the
new art centre’s complex of buildings, will take place every September
with the structure on site for three months.
It acts as a beacon to draw people from the surrounding area, linking the arts centre to the city, offering a caf╚ and resting place on arrival, as well as fantastic views of the River Mersey and the city centre. Inspired by the huge regeneration of Liverpool and the immediate area around Greenland Street, the innovative temporary structure refers to the industrial heritage of The Blade Factory and other local buildings.
The installation is a building as well as an outdoor installation, literally embracing the Blade Factory and connecting its roof with ground level. The structure appears to merge into The Blade Factory and the fabric of the existing building is incorporated within the new commission. It physically divides the roof into two spaces (‘City’ and ‘Merseyside’) but at the same time has a permeable fa┴ade that can be walked through. Made from the type of PVC curtain used in modern factory buildings, an outer, white translucent layer protects the whole space against the weather; an inner red translucent layer adds thermal and noise protection to create a gathering space for lectures and talks.
The commission has been developed in response to Liverpool’s architectural
landscape, which is a fascinating mix of an extensive World Heritage Site
and a vast palette of renovation, refurbishment and new builds. The feeling
of growth and change within the city is palpable and Greenland Street
will engage audiences in a wider debate regarding architecture and the
Greenland St Contemporary Art
Office for Subversive Architecture
Greenland Street’s roof commission and talks programme is supported by Liverpool Culture Company.
is open Wed – Sun 10-6pm, Thu late-night until 8pm