The Centre for Functional Recuperation is a proposal that architecture should prioritise endurance over function or style. To achieve this, buildings need to be responsive to contextual changes in technology, society, economy and the environment. The buildings are constructed as simple “shells”, which provide only shelter and space. Internally, the void space can be transformed into whatever occupation, or mix of uses, is required at the time.
In today’s context, a modular approach using pre-constructed components is suggested. This system can be easily dismantled in preparation for new technologies or building methods. Although we cannot wholly know, we could anticipate increased automation, 3D printing and organic materials to greater inform the construction process in the future.
Whilst this proposal argues that functionality should not define the building, it is important to contextualise how this system could be used. In order to best demonstrate the concept of multiple spatial configurations, this document presents a new type of museum.
Museums provide an interesting typology to investigate as they are a complex mix of spatial arrangements and constantly evolving occupation. Furthermore, museums are often conflicted in how best to display their items and must consider several factors including curatorial, commercial and practical decisions.
This proposal is based on the premise that the properties of a gallery space should be determined based on the artwork or artefacts they are displaying. These objects have fixed properties, such as format, size or weight, which cannot be adapted to fit a space and therefore the space needs to adapt to them.
Additionally, if bespoke environments are created for individual works of art, it is possible to then create the perfect conditions for this display. The building ultimately becomes a network of gallery spaces, each providing totally unique experience for the visitor.