Designed and constructed in collaboration with Hugh Miller, a designer and furniture maker, Constellations is an outdoor venue which includes a bar, food truck, art space and community garden. Located in Liverpool’s creative quarter, the Baltic Triangle, the project occupies a disused industrial recycling yard.
The design takes inspiration from the site; an enclosed brick courtyard created when the roof of a former warehouse burned down in the 1980’s. The remaining gables provide a backdrop to the design and these pitches are reflected as a motif in the profile of the canopy.
The structure is supported by a set of ten quadrapods – doubled A-Frame supports – made from green oak. These have a dual function as each one incorporates bench seating or a table. These quadrapods carry the load of the canopy via glue-lam beams which project from the roof to form a wing-shaped rain spout.
The courtyard garden is populated with green oak furniture, conceived as a set of tessellating components, and planted one-tonne builders bags. These are easily movable, allowing the space to be reconfigured to accommodate the rolling program of arts events, performances, cinema screenings and markets.
The project was shortlisted for AJ Small Projects, a RIBA award and the Wood Awards in 2015.