This dissertation takes the opportunity to explore an existing building in need of change owing to changing environments. The proposed project is situated within the city context of Pretoria and aims to address the unavoidable nature of architecture, which involves the degradation of buildings over time. The main focus of this study is the concept of waiting, where the city dweller has to endure spending time in everyday surroundings in a built environment. The study attempts to understand the deeper psychological meaning of waiting better in order to provide places that are sympathetic to the waiting person. The aim of this dissertation is to justify the importance of the waiting place and to investigate waiting places in everyday environments, in order to determine physical factors that influence the experience of people while waiting. These factors inform decisions to provide improved facilities within an informal transport system, while generating new functions in response to the behaviour of people in a transit environment. The principles of waiting are exploited to create an environment where the building acts as generator for new infill parts to serve the user. The project envisages a fresh approach to reunite the waiting place and architecture to create a social gathering space. The project’s main goal is to consider the waiting space as one that serves as a transition place for travellers, providing the commuter with the opportunity to orientate and recover from tiring daily activities. The proposed project addresses the needs of the city dweller by means of a renewed building intervention. The changing context required a site related function that serves the user and acts as a support system in the city, facilitating future growth.
Dissertation (MInt(Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2011.