Stromness is noticeably split into two sides, the main town position to the east and the ever-growing developments on the over side facing the west. Between each half a high school sits central at the peak of the unsheltered bay. The master plan introduces many new designs that will help improve Stromness immensely, particularly a sports centre, business hubs and affordable housing. These designs are predominantly situated along the shoreline to help create a visible connection between the two sides and to increase the amount of sheltered space within the town. All aspect of this proposal aims to renew the strong sense of community that is so apparent throughout the island of Orkney.
The bridge if a fundamental part of the whole master plan as it creates a direct link between both sides. Literally reconnecting the route to complete the community and providing a new direction of access round thru town. The main low road in Stromness connect to the bridge at the point where the old ferry terminal was located; on the west side the bridge join to the new road and provides access to the new ferry terminal and the proposed public sports sports centre. At each end the bridge meets a different functional space. This design aims to encourage and promote a safe, healthier method of transport and a direct route across to the other side of the town. It will also enable easy access for the exportation and importation of products and encourage the expansion and raise the tourist appeal of the island.
In order to accommodate for the continuous movement of boats through the bay one section of the bridge will open to create an entrance and help to control the flow of marine traffic. This mechanism will be one of the main focal points and will allow visitors and pedestrians to watch the boat pass through from the restaurant and the viewpoint on the walkway. Splitting diagonally the two raised halves will symbolise the sails of boats once opened and aesthetically will create a significantly stroking feature.
The line between collector and hoarder is a thick one; whilst neither denotes creativity, there is a shared desire to be surrounded by things, with the objects people cherish telling stories about who they are. This is true of a small-town museum as well as people. This project explores creating a new home for an existing collection belonging to the harbour town of Stromness, Orkney. Reimagining an existing museum which had a density of artefact and breadth of storytelling that is hugely intriguing and interesting.
Throughout the project I became fascinated in the act of collecting, and the power of an idiosyncratic and magical collection like the one belonging to the Stromness museum. This led to me to the phenomenon of Cabinets of Curiosities, the forerunner to contemporary museums. The creation of my own Cabinet allowed for a vessel of discovery and development; exploring aspects of my own project, responses to an Orcadian culture and other narratives, real or fabricated. The cabinet revels in the presence of things when they have a latent power, meaning or spirit. The objects within the cabinet were made or found, chosen by intuition and ordered in a way that responds to a personal logic.