As a coastal fortification, Fort Adams prioritized defensive capabilities in its design rather than on the user experience. This is evident in the placement of canons and their associated window openings in the fortifications wall structure, which creates a linear and non-interactive environment. Recently, Fort Adams has placed increasing focus on user interactions and experience as the fortification transitions from a defensive structure into a cultural and educational facility. However, the transition failed to maximize the assets of the existing fortification and results in large portions of underutilized and poorly organized spaces.
In order to accommodate increasing number of users at Fort Adams, I propose a redesign of the interior space to create a symbiotic relationship between intimate space and social space. Utilizing existing foundation structures of the fortification’s west wall, the parade ground facing side will be transformed into an exhibition gallery, representing the social interactive elements of the design concept. Opposite of the exhibition gallery will be a new restaurant space, allowing for more intimate interactions between users while strategically retaining visitors. Due to their interdependent relationship, the transition between the exhibition gallery and the restaurant is critical for my proposal.