The site was a Tenement in the old Glasgow city centre. During the research in the Tenement House, I was intrigued by the Wartime Recipes, to transfer the space as a war shelter and restaurant. It speculates the future world war atmosphere; as a symbol against the idea of war.
RESEARCH shows how I began to examine the site and develop the design NARRATIVE. The design DEVELOPMENT indicates how the design progresses and configures the final DESIGN. Then, DETAILS supplements the postulated space, and throws out a question of how to prevent a war.
The project has been published on IDGSA: VIEW
The site, located in between Cadogan Street and Argyle Street has had a long history being as a tenement. I went to visit the Tenement House Museum in Glasgow, getting a sense of the interiority in the public housing in the 70s.
As reported by many, numerous vital weapons such as nuclear ones will be landed during World War Third. It will produce much explosion and fire. The following dust and smoke would billow to the Stratosphere, above the cloud, where they could remain for years and block the sunlight. It is also known as the 'Nuclear Winter'.
I have studied the shelters in World War second, including their shapes, materials, construction and mechanism. The Shelter & Restaurant has adopted shapes and geometries from such shelters and iconic buildings nearby, as a fragmented monument reflecting the image of the original cityscape when destroyed.
The design emphasises on the exploration of the human survival environment in World War Third, from a speculative design perspective. Underground living, with help from Artificial Intelligence, has the most possibility to survive humanity from nuclear winter. I have organised the building in four sections mainly: the arrival and cleanse, accommodation, entertainment, water and electricity supply.
The two systems: Recycling the Dead and Recleaning Water, are designed to provide the building with the necessary energies. However, If the survivors employ the same political or moral standard, it is likely they will wipe out themselves with another war. It draws a more profound and unanswered question both for them and for us: How to end conflicts?