Perceptual Observatory | Steve Westcott

Perceptual Observatory Steve Westcott | Greenwich | 2007
“This project investigates collecting as a facilitator of knowledge, exploring its influence upon space and form. One could argue architecture has an epistemological function.
The reformulation of the earliest Observatory within Greenwich, Flamsteed House, is inspired by the principles of Kurt Schwitters “Merzbau” and investigations generated from Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”. From the narrative, Captain Ahab’s cabin is examined as a spatial organism driven by mappings in pursuit of the white whale. The investigations underpin the design for the Perceptual Observatory as its form and interior condition evolves from the qualitative and quantitative observations it collects.”