Architects of Our Own Destiny

Apologies for the lack of posts over the last few weeks, but we have been extremely busy getting ready for the impending of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. The President has kindly offered to open our new building on Bow Lane West this coming Wednesday morning, and we have been working hard to get the place tidied up a little before then.

One of the projects we have been working on is the imagination of what the building could be like, if we can attract some funding to redevelop it. Enter Jesus Aguilar, a young Spanish architect, who is working with us to bring our ideas to like and onto the page. Jesus specialises in the creation of 3D images of proposed buildings, and has been crunching the numbers for us to create some views of the various spaces, imagining possible uses for different areas of the building. Furthermore, he has been doing it at a hugely discounted rate, for which we are very grateful.

Some of the images are such a step forward that it’s taken MaSamba members a couple of minutes to actually recognise that they represent our building! Here are some examples:

Ground Floor, view from front door.

Ground Floor, view from front door.

This view is of the ground level building at the front. On the left is the current Music Room, and the loading ramp, and on the right, behind the stairs, we see the proposed toilet and shower block.

Rear Ground Floor

Rear Ground Floor

This view is of the recently-renovated rear part of the ground floor. On the right, we see the proposed music rehearsal rooms/small workshop spaces.

Mezzanine, with storage pods

Mezzanine, with storage pods

This view is from the right hand side of the mezzanine level, assuming that we keep it largely open-plan, with the addition of some storage units, so that users can store some equipment from week to week, thus saving transport costs and damage to important gear!

Costume area.

Costume area.

 

Finally, for now, we see a small extension to the mezzanine, which we propose to use as a dedicated costume area, where we can store and repair our vast stock of carnival costumes.

We are very impressed with the work Jesus has done, and only hope that one day, we can find the funding to make it a reality!

 

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Masamba Samba School is Ireland's premier Afro-Brasilian music and dance group.
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