‘Meaning and value are here vested solely in the artefact - the building - and form is developed from the intense working of materials and their means of construction.’ Zumthor / Materials are the foundation of a successful building and place. This thesis explores design through materiality. Materials significantly alter one’s perspective by inheriting a material’s characteristics to create a collective space. The interaction of seeing relatable objects, such as a brick, allows one to appreciate the scale of the construction. The textures and colours of a material both affect its perceived weight, scale, light qualities and the buildings narrative. Through an analysis of the existing shipyard buildings in Gdańsk, the topic will be explored through a project that embraces materiality, language and is derived from its place.