Space & Time
Russell & George
The experience of space isn’t static, yet our interiors generally have static function. What if a space could have a mood and change itself based on what it felt like at the time? As for humans, this could mean dinner, breakfast, lunch, exercise, work, party, special event, art, experience, workshop, making, creating, going to the movies, gardening and socialising – but all within a framework of recycling, reuse, adaptability, nurturing, excitement and transformation. This is Space & Time. One space, multiple functions, multiple businesses, multiple experiences governed by only one factor: time of day.
This project can be a workplace, a workshop, a commercial kitchen and catering company, a boardroom, an events space, a cafe, a gallery, a showroom, a restaurant, a private dining venue, and an exercise space, to name a few. But above all else, it is a meeting place. Sometimes, these functions happen simultaneously, sometimes not, but all use a series of customised and designed elements that transform via their interactions throughout the day to create the desired spaces. This extends the life of an interior and a building, making it work hard, creating a dynamic collaborative structure with financial incentive but also social imperative.
Desired time of day uses drive the reconfiguration and adaption of the interior making a purposeful fit-out of dynamic and reusable elements. The space is made up from elements that create the human experience of time. A dark space, a light space representing day and night, a naturally and artificially backlit illuminated ceiling representing the sky, a garden wall that organically divides the space and reveals the seasons, and a series of monoliths, both solid and sculptural, clean and rough, representing human existence, endeavour, education, artistry and ingenuity.
Photography: Paul Martin.