SIGT (Sharrow Industrial Garden Triangle) The John Street Triangle Conservation Area is located within the Sharrow area of Sheffield and is the physical site of the first live project of the 2011 MAUD Studio at the University of Sheffield. In recent years this area has been a home to a wide variety of light industries, artists, and musicians. It is also well known for the iconic status of the Portland Works building and the ongoing movement for acquiring and renovating the whole triangle area. SIGT proposed a renewed Triangle as a magnet point ‘owned’ by the city’s green network. The ‘garden’ echoing 19th Century Sheffield with traditional hand-made stainless steel cutlery and other small ‘masters’ – a place attracting people by promoting from within a committed atmosphere vibrant social interaction. A ‘garden’ of all types of growth, full of fun and open to all.
How to rescue & revive a leftover urban area?
Three overall objectives were targeted by the design framework:
Conservation of existing urban forms.
Consolidation of established character and diversity of uses.
Reinforcement of a unified ‘Sense of Place’.
The design concept was established by using traditional (interviewing and photography) and creative site survey (mapping entrance doors) methods. Entrances tell us a great deal so the mapping of the entrance doors of the John Street Triangle revealed the big disconnections; another unexpected and important discovery was that every main facade had an arched entrance leading to a courtyard and that most of them could play an active role the redevelopment.
Linking these arch entrances and their courtyards not only established a logical inner-network amongst the Triangle community but provided an axis to organise various points of attraction as well. Each hub is shaped by reinforcing its build character and plays out a sequence of routes at both spatial and activity levels.
The introduction of a new residential area for artists not only reinforces the culture led development but completes a cycle of 24 hours use. Existing vacant spaces have been transformed into an open space for both inhabitants and city visitors.