‘So Near’

Newlon Housing Trust, Arsenal, London, 2011

Commissioned by Newlon Fusion and Newlon Housing Trust

So Near was designed in collaboration with residents of Ashburton Triangle, Newlon Housing Trust in 2011. A story of the possible microclimate created by the conical  Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal football team - of which the building is a satellite of - resonated with teething issues the building expressed, particlularly the failure of heating on the sub-ground floor foyers. It was a well known fact the architects had never been contracted residential domicles before Ashburton Triangle. Residents expressed that a glass of water placed on the floor in those areas would freeze in overnight. An analogue film-still from epic The Fast Runner (Inuktitut: ᐊᑕᓈᕐᔪᐊᑦ) (2001) by Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk - a tale of Inuit oral history set in the 1st Millenium, was appropriated and then degraded using circular transformations in lacquer to reflect the climatic and metaphorical draw of the stadium on residents of the address.