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Ginkgo Projects announce two new projects in Bristol

Date uploaded: September 24, 2012

Ginkgo Projects announce two new projects in Bristol: South Bristol Skills Academy and South Bristol Community Hospital.

South Bristol Skills Academy

The Spaceplates Greenhouse has been commissioned from Danish architects N55 as part of the South Bristol Skills Academy at Hengrove Park.

The project was developed through detailed discussion with horticultural staff at the Skills Academy, who now use the greenhouse during teaching. The landscaping around the greenhouse is being developed and delivered by staff and students at the college.

The design of the greenhouse originates from the 'pure plate' structure which occurs in natural structures such as sea urchins, which are based on a hexagonal geometry. The pure plate structure is an elegant way of creating doubly-curved forms. Unlike in the lattice structures that are frequently used in much contemporary architecture, in pure plate structure the structural system and the cladding is one and the same thing. The geometrical and structural characteristics allow for extremely economical and simple building systems at any scale from small units to larger spans.

The greenhouse is constructed using an innovative system of connections in aluminium and polycarbonate. Inside, the greenhouse accommodates workspace, growing space and teaching space.

The project was completed in 2012.

Artists: N55 in collaboration with Anne Romme.
City of Bristol College.

For more information about the Spaceplates Greenhouse, please click here.


South Bristol Community Hospital

The progamme of commissions at South Bristol Community Hospital includes a series of interior artworks by Grennan and Sperandio, and a colour collaboration with painter Estelle Thompson which resulted in coloured flooring around the interior of the hospital to help people navigate to different departments.

Grennan & Sperandio's twelve wall-mounted artworks based on favourite views of south Bristol were installed in August 2012. The vitreous enamel plaques are dotted around the interior of the new South Bristol Community Hospital at Hengrove Park, and show unique beauty spots and places with special sentimental value to people in South Bristol.

The circular blue-and-white form of the designs was inspired by the delftware pottery which used to be made in great quantities at Water Lane, on the border of Hengrove and Brislington, and reference the form of the 'cameo'. The artworks were made locally by specialist sign manufacturer Wards of Bristol.

The views were gathered from members of the public Simon Grennan met in January 2012 while researching the area, including the Walking Health Two Hearts group, sequence dancers from Broadoak Social Club in Withywood, and students at Eagle House in Filwood and Victoria Park Primary School in Bedminster. Favourite views were also received after publicity on BBC Radio Bristol and in the Evening Post.

Among the views identified by the groups and made into the artworks are the Withywood Senior Club House which has since been demolished, birds flocking on Leinster Avenue, Coronation Road, Bristol seen from Dundry, Hengrove Park playground, Filton Broadway in the 1960s and the Balloon Festival.

Grennan and Sperandio's work always involves the participation of members of the public. Their past projects include the production of collaboratively-made comic books, a series of large inflatables sited around Edinburgh, the US reality TV documentary series, Artstar, and Colchester Round, where four very different musical groups played each other's music.

Artists: Grennan & Sperandio, Estelle Thompson
Architect/Landscape Architect: AWW
Client: Bristol Infracare LIFT Ltd

Click here to find out more about the project and visit the artists' blog site. For more information about the South Bristol Community Hospital, please click here.


Spaceplates greenhouse by N55, image © Jamie Woodley Photography, 2012

Spaceplates greenhouse by N55, image © Jamie Woodley Photography, 2012