Constructing Horizons

Constructing Horizons


Felix Yates & Rachel Briglio


Constructing Horizons is a project that explores how the landscape of a decommissioned power station can be remediated to create ecologies for birds. A series of infrastructures and marshlands are introduced in order to allow people to enjoy and study these ecologies.





Who influences you graphically?

I think it is particularly hard to trace individual inspirations, but the work of LCLA definitely was fundamental to forming our way of drawing. Cedrick Price, CJ Lim and surprisingly, geological drawings, also proved very useful in trying to describe such a density of information in each drawing.


You explore your proposal through all means of representation,do you trust that only like this are you able to explore your proposal through 360 degrees?

The project was unique for us in that it connected two very different sites together, with each operating at completely different scales. We decided that in order to describe all aspects of the design cohesively, we needed to explore the full range of techniques, including non-cartesian methods.

The intention was that each of these methods would tackle a different job. For example, plans were generally used to convey the two sites in relation to each other, whilst perspectives describe the spatial experience inside of the interventions.

What dictates your choice of colour palette, in terms of line colour and choice of background?

From very early on the project gravitated graphically towards line drawings and hatchings as a way of illustrating the landscapes and infrastructures of Cockenzie. The aesthetic that arose lent itself to a very limited, and subtle palette of colours that could help to give the drawings a sense of depth without distracting from the proposal.

Ultimately, the colours chosen were simply the product of trial and error until we decided that they looked right with the drawing!

How does the medium of the film help in exploring and researching both site and project compared to the medium of drawing and model?

Film has an additional dimension to it in terms of time. This allows you to reveal information to the viewer in a way that isn’t possible with traditional architectural methods. It also allowed us to explore split screen film by showing the same clip on both sides, and then applying alterations such as mirroring to just one side, in order to highlight aspects that might otherwise go unnoticed.












Felix Yates and Rachel Briglio are architecture students in Edinburgh, Scotland. They are both currently in a placement year looking to gain experience in practice.


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