The winning submission was Reflective Room. The four other submissions for consideration by the Manchester Museum Panel were:-
Descent of Man
The Competition sheets are detailed here.
A Thicket is a dense growth of young trees of the same species. They are very susceptible to human impact. We can either nurture or destroy them through various activities. We propose to transform the museum courtyard into a man-made thicket. The change in density and height of the thicket is informed by the various movement patterns, functions and views within the site. The scheme is an experiential setting that enlivens the square, engages the public and supports a varied programme of summer events, encouraging contemplation of our impact on the environment.
The introduction off the cell, a prototype of human scale, distrupts the present boundaries and pathways of the site, providing new areas of human occupation. As the cell multiplies through the courtyard space, a readable mass becomes apparent.
The Descent of Man
A structure exploring the effects man has on the natural world. Three graphics: Rising human population, Rising carbon dioxide (air content ) and the Rising number of extinctions are contrasted to produce shape and dimesion for the structure.