The project is to design a poetry archive to house Edith Sitwell’s collection of work. The building is proposed to metaphorically interpret Edith Sitwell’s work and life though the spatial atmosphere. Locally sourced materials are used to manifest the town’s identity and also express a sense of nostalgia as Scarborough was Sitwell’s hometown.
Located on the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire, Scarborough is considered to be the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast with the beautiful coastline, myriad casinos, and tearooms. The site is located along a mediaeval path named ‘Bolts’.
The design concept takes inspirations from Edith Sitwell’s work and tries to metaphorically interpret her life through the movement and the atmosphere inside the building.
The building is about taking the invisible to visible by exposing the archive to the public as a part of the Edith Sitwell exhibition. From dark to bright, protective to open, intimate to public, the building is intended to use atmospheric contrast to express Edith’s feelings and her desire of the world.