Groves-Raines Architects

The North Ship


The RIBA and Hull 2017 jointly invited GRAS to submit an expression of interest to create an ambitious and bold temporary outdoor structure in Hull city centre. The built structure was launch in August 2017. The proposal welcomed ideas that reflect the following four principles: collaboration, purpose, responding to context and materiality.

The North Ship proposal is a celebration of Hull’s collective cultural identity and its significant history as a major trading post, fishing and whaling port and industrial city. The project reflects on these histories at an important juncture, while projecting a vision for a city embracing cultural rejuvenation in a postindustrial age.

The proposal was developed through collaboration with ~in the fields, an artist collective from the west coast of Scotland. ~ in the fields’ work emphasizes natural phenomena and condenses poetic moments into inventions of autonomous, cocooned systems. Their visual art practice draws on archival material, environmental topics and ephemeral artifacts, such as lost forms of cinema. Their installations are responsive, of modular appearance and often powered by solar energy.

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