Matthew Chung: Rye.

Moment | Layers

This drawing is an exploration of how Rye aged, which focuses on the diverse material choices and conditions in the St. Mary Church. By cutting through the narrow walkway of the church, the drawing reveals the different condition between the interior and exterior, the contrasting wall thicknesses and openings introduced in different time for different purposes. The drawing further demonstrates how the St Mary Church is layered up in various layers of materials introduced in a different time before reaching the scale it presents today.

Addition | Juxtapose

The new addition to Rye continues to layer up and expand the St. Mary Church by inhabiting the blank façade. There are two openings cutting through the existing windows and being replaced by two perfect geometric forms. The modern interventions are made out of corten steel and timber, which have a strong material and visual contrast with the ancient stone looking church. The new addition aims not only to inhabit the unused space but also serve as a revolutionary small scale testing for larger scale development for Rye in the future.

Change | Future Rye

Future Rye was pictured based on the key themes from the previous studies, layers, openings, and juxtaposition. Taking the concept from the new addition to Rye and to radically change it on an urban scale.

Rye is set to become a multi-layers city in the future. The concept is to re-define a datum line specifically for Rye base on the contour and topography, which separates the future city into two layers, underground and overground. New developments will take place on both layers with new openings being introduced to the new overground platforms. New developments will be futuristic and modern contrasting with the historic town. ‘Multi-layers’ is not limited just to vertical development, but the future city will be enriched and layered up over a certain period of time. New buildings will be built based on the needs in different time, instead of erecting a new city in one go, which might be out of fashion very soon.