An opportunity for reuse
BETA by STH BNK
Temporary projects have smaller environmental imprints than larger-scale buildings, but they can still consume significant materials and energy. The consideration of the afterlife of materials and objects goes to the crux of Sibling’s work for BETA by STH BNK at Hanover House - a building awaiting demolition.
The temporary project at Hanover House, which hosts artists and designers for creative exploration, is an opportunity for reuse. The ground, fourth and fifth floors are stripped back of materials, which are stored onsite for future repurposing. On the fourth floor, glass partitions and aluminium channels from existing office cubicles are rearranged to create three ateliers. Mirrored film on the glazing conceals the atelier interior: when the artisan is in and the lights are on, one can see what is happening within. While the ateliers provide focussed task work, the open-floor plan allows space for collaboration, exhibitions and events. Movable joinery - such as a bar, counter, planters, table, seating - scaffolds creative work and undetermined future program across the building, and is designed for reuse across different programs, but also after the project is over - being easily wheeled out via the lifts.
Mirrored film on the glazing conceals the atelier interior: when the artisan is in and the lights are on, one can see what is happening within.