WIP: One of a series of sketch concepts for the renovation of a Grade II Listed building set within the heart of Ramsgate’s new High Street Heritage Action Zone.
A series of instrumental yet sensitive interventions look to introduce a unique urban botanical extravaganza. Internal ‘as found’ finishes are retained where possible and sealed, whilst additional decoration in the form of selective accent colors look to accentuate set profiles around key existing features.
Central to this concept is the removal of a large section of the ground floor footprint to create a double height space for planting to grow throughout the building. An active florist draws visitors off the street, whilst within the basement a new marine conservation labyrinth, examining ocean plastic contamination and coral bleaching is introduced. Part of this story is recording the natural world, which is why the first and second floors are proposed to be occupied by analogue and digital documentary-making suites. A cafe / gin bar within the western end encourages evening use of the botanical/conservation spectacle.
This project aims to attract new investment into Ramsgate’s High Street, which combined with ‘Pioneering Places’ through the national Great Place Scheme, is part of a more ambitious project. One that will make East Kent an even better place to live, work and visit by exploring heritage, developing civic pride and connecting artists and communities.
Rendered section, sketch ground floor plan, sketch section, existing as found interior photograph.
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