POLTESCO SERPENTINE GALLERIES

Titled the Independent Exploratory Project, our brief was self-dictated, revolving around the historic character of the Poltesco Serpentine Works Ruins at Carleon Cove, Cornwall. I aimed to convey a specific journey through my proposal in which visitors would experience the versatility and lost opportunity of Serpentine through a specific series geological sculpture instillation rooms. 

Contextually, Serpentine rock became widely used in Victorian times for decorative purposes but quickly fell in popularity once being brought to cities would cause the ornaments to crack under the strain of pollution not found on its origin site on the Lizard Peninsula.

The design focusses on individual experiences a viewer may have along the choreographed journey of spaces, heightened by custom Serpentine terrazzo tiled flooring that fully Immerses the user both visually and tactilely. The structure is in-situ cast exposed concrete, constructed purposefully without thermal insulation to enhance the natural temperatures similar to those of the Serpentine rock. 

SITE MAP

INTERNAL ELEVATION COLLAGES OF VIEWING PLATFORM - 1:50

BEFORE / AFTER SITE CONSTRUCTION