THE DOCKER'S REPOSITORY
3rdYear // Academic
RIBA Bronze Medal Nomination // YTTA Nomination
Stories and memories are vulnerable to the harsh winds of time, to be lost forever into the void, if not preserved. This project seeks to reify the rich maritime history of Liverpool, as Liverpool was once the greatest trading port in the world. The Docker’s Repository starts from the Unesco Heritage site of the city, where is located the world’s first commercial wet dock, built between 1710 and 1716 by Thomas Steers.
Tracing back the routes across the world, mapping out the ports that once had a connection to Liverpool, I designed two main components, a ship, and a repository. The Ship, using the shell of the glorious Ark Royal (1938), acts as a vessel for the collection of oral memories and artifacts around the world. It revisits places that once had a maritime connection to Liverpool and serves as a mobile gallery around the world. The Repository, located in on the Docks, is an impressive tower that blends into the context of Liverpool’s waterfront and sits close to the Three Graces. The tower serves as an archive for the artifacts, acting as a permanent gallery to educate the public on Liverpool’s identity.