Project Description

Yoga Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

This project took place in Newcastle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Newcastle is a coastal city lying on the foothills of Mourne Mountains. Yoga Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

My first impression of Newcastle was a city in decline, decay. Almost all people were focused on a materialistic way of life ignoring all the beautiful surrounding scenery.

My chosen site was Brunel’s restaurant located near Donard carpark. I decided to transform the restaurant space into a relaxing (traditional) yoga centre / studio. My inspiration came from Thomas Struth’s photo “tokamak asdex interior”, displaying the interior of a metallic torus. The masculine material and the feminine organic shape create a contrast of a dystopian and a (e)utopian environment. It reminded me of a dystopian Newcastle (materialism), with the scenery around it creating an unnoticed (e)utopia.

Yoga Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

Yoga Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

My task was to find a way to translate or to transfer this antithesis into the chosen space, and to make it accessible and functional. The two – storey building was designed around this contrast, creating a light – dystopian ground floor and an upper dark – utopian studio. A key component for the connection of the two spaces is a bespoke staircase specifically designed to connect the floors.

Dystopia

Yoga Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

Yoga Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

For the ground – dystopian extroverted space.  Materials such as dark blue turquoise steel bars (for the staircase structure). light grey concrete flooring, oak planks for the stairs and white for the walls were used.

Utopia

Yoga Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

Yoga Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

Further, in the first floor the main materials used in the introverted studio are minimal adn simple.  Exposed brick walls and roof, dark grey walls, and dark wooden – laminated floor. One of the key elements of the first floor is the fireplace which is visible from the studio and the ante – chamber hallway.  In addition, there are two accessible toilets on both floors..  a changing room with lockers on the first floor and a lift.

Handbook, Process Book

Final Video for the Yoga Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

 

For this project I also had to make a video presenting the story. Personally, I believe that this is not my best film, but I had to take into account the feedback I was given…

You can also visit my post here, where I have more videos of this project.  I also explain how to make an amazing film in 10 Steps.