THIS IS NOT A BATTLEFIELD – THIS IS A STAGE.
The guns are fake, the deaths – temporary.
This project entertains the idea of a dystopian revolution that will unravel in front of the eyes of any paintball player or spectator who dares venture in.
The primary driving forces are passion and competition, both of which are intrinsic for humanity to better itself. The obective is the creation of a space where people can experience the thrill of an allegorical reform, whilst helping one another evolve exponentially.
The site is at Broomielaw, Glasgow. The main structure is placed atop the supports of the First Caledonian Railway Bridge. Its core is made of aluminium, or possibly steel, a custom spaceframe which adopts the jagged outline of the building.
The ground floor is an unconventional take on a standard paintball space, which takes advantage of the large river span. It runs from one side to the other, a 15m wide corridor, resulting in a game that resembles a hunt more than it does a battle. Each hexagon/sector is made up of recurring elements such as arcades, circles and other geometric forms that players can use to their advantage.
The main space mimicks a traditional paintball arena. It can accomodate a series of gametypes including King of the Hill, Capture The Flag, Centerflag and their respective tournament formats. The audience is situated 3 m above the players and is shielded by a 10mm toughened glass, laminated to a 6mm toughened rear face with a 1.5mm PVB interlayer. The space contains seating for ca. 30 people and a remaining floor area of ca. 70m2 that the audience is free to roam. 100 people is the maximum desired capacity for the movement inside the space to remain fluid.
This project is an attempt to reward the citizens with a monumental arena, where they can choose to fight or spectate.