The aim of the year was to introduce a 'new' to the 'old' town of Aldermaston, near Reading, England.

This 'new' addition to Aldermaston is the residence for women in the 'second half' of their lives.

The residence sits with specific structural elements of Portland House, a derelict and abandoned office building, which sits besides a fish pond inside Aldermaston's Manor Park.

Here, successful, accomplished, but now excluded socially from productive society, elderly women congregate to live the rest of their days away from social isolation, and with the aim to nourish themselves, their garden and Aldermaston.

"How can you live so long and still not get it? This self obsession is a waste, that could be spent on surviving things, appreciating nature, nurturing, kindness, friendship and dancing"
- Eve (Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch, 2013)

Eve is played by Tilda Swinton,
(and is dressed in a monochratic yellow palette all through the film).

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Plant Indexing of Original Enclosure

Imitating Eve

(Situated within Portland House, this space was selected as the starting point for change due to its vegetation, but mostly, the experience of having to change the white balance in my camera due to the automatic correction of the yellow light that inhabited this space).

The Building is Alive!

Bird's Eye View of Portland House as Eve

Single-Pour Slip Cast

Scratching Life out of Portland House

Eve Inhabits the Danteum

Eve (Tilda Swinton) inhabits the "forest" in Giuseppe Terragni's Danteum, adapting it into a dining hall and kitchen garden.



Floor 3

Dormitory and Baths


Perspective view from the original enclosure

1:1000 Plaster Site Model

Section through Eden and the Fish Pond