For quite some time Ruine Montfort was entirely fenced off for security reasons with the old scaffolding being illegally used for the views and insights it enables one to observe.
It offers different levels of spatial privacy within a broader public space.
Places like this are needed where we can be loud, where we are not being controlled, where we can get distance, smoke, imagine and meet in secret.
A multi-step process is determined and used towards discovering Ruine Montfort’s sense of place, past, present, and experiment with its possible futures by making adjustments to the existing that do not detract from its history and beauty while preventing it from becoming an agent of consumerism. The resulting transformations celebrate the value and meaning of Ruine Montfort.
The program is derived from a graphic analysis that explores the site of Ruine Montfort through a synergy of historic information, on site observations and Francisco Goya‘s Caprichos, a series of engravings that focus on human actions. From these observations, analytical preparatory drawings highlight how people currently use the space, gives them a visual voice, and questions how architecture can be inspired and respond to the observed needs and behaviours. Resulting content is then processed through the media of drawing, writing, the sequencing and haptics of copper, etching, and aquatint. These processes generate and evolve into informed architectural transformative actions that focus on creating a temporary gathering place for activities such as reading and screening, that do not have a permanent commercial or consumer-oriented purpose.
The proposal emphasizes spaces for personal use in a public space.
In short: the process of preparatory drawing, title, commentary and print, allow for the evolution of an architecture that responds to the Ruin‘s actual usage from a site specific narrative. This evolution arises through transformative actions in different media, that add and inspire through its immanent qualities that connect and communicate current site specific narratives.