Crowned by a roof of ETFE pillows supported on a cross-vaulted steel structure, the galleria sets up an axial route
through the building, perforating its bulk and connecting the waterfront with adjacent new hotels and beyond that the city centre, at present being energetically transformed by the Paradise Street project (p64).
The house that was to be demolished to open up the axial route
remains intact today, and as such the college has had to make do with a number of interim solutions.
The spaces it defines are pinned and connected by a long axial route
that runs westward from the main entrance and garage through the double-height space, past a comparatively conventional terrace (which is defined to the west by the glazed wall of the poolside kitchen/dining room) and ending with the bedroom in the south-west corner of the site.
The arcade-like walkway is enclosed by a tall roof canopy made of corrugated metal and polycarbonate sheeting, its height giving the low-rise composition some kind of focus, as well as defining an axial route
. The arcade leads through to a playground, also designed by the students.
The axial route
through the courtyard is denied by the change in plane and by one of the circular columns that defines the triangular void above.
The garden is in fact far more formal than the house, its baroque complexity organised symmetrically along axial routes
Expert tip On a larger scale, you could have multiple axial routes
to create views along and across the garden.