The Alban Building
This project sits on a site with a varied history. In the mid 18th century it was once the workplace of a prodigious strongman who performed balancing acts with water-filled barrels and rolled pewter plates. During the 20th century, the site was used as a paper works factory for the mass production of paper using large mechanical rollers arranged in a stacked alignment for pressing and storing the paper. Later the site was let to a family run carpet and tapestry repair and cleaning company who would stack rolls of carpet, tapestry, rugs and fabrics.
The proposal takes inspiration from stacking barrels, rollers and fabrics to generate its form.