You will bring architecture and planning together on this unique course accredited by ARB, RIBA and RTPI. Design at all scales from master-planning to building and technical detail. Work on creative projects and learn state-of-the-art methods of communicating your ideas visually. The course includes study visits, exploration of history, place and ideas of architecture to help make you an employable professional architect and planner.
Confucius Institute and Edu-tainment Centre
The Glass House, Bristol Confucius Institute of Glass Art and Culture
Art, past and present, varies between cultures. Heritage and local events will shape what is created by natives. Sharing a knowledge of the arts can provide us with a deeper understanding of cultural backgrounds, bringing nations closer together. The Glass House will provide a place for the exchange of culture with a focus on the Chinese arts.
The site of the proposal, the Bristol harbourside, once flourished as a bustling imports and exports hub, for a trade business that is a defining characteristic of the city's success. One of the products manufactured locally was glass. By combining the Confucius Institute with a glass workshop for the teaching and production of glass art, I intended to honour the past industries of Bristol. The teaching of traditional Chinese decorating techniques will integrate China’s rich glass history. The central brick cone is a form taken directly from the historic glass factory chimneys, a feature that once dominated the Bristol sky line.
The scheme houses the mixture of uses under one roof, creating a facility for cultural enrichment.
Confucius Institute / Paper folding
The scheme for the Confucius Institute in Redcliffe Wharf aims to become a focal point in the area, encouraging social interaction, curiosity and diversity through connecting people from the local and the wider community with handcraft, Chinese Paper Folding in particular.
The art of Chinese paper making and paper folding lies in the heart of the project. It is not only the mail use but also a conceptual driver of the scheme. Key features of paper that were acting as a driving force in the design process are: State of being folded / unfolded - Transient nature - Repetition of form and legibility.
The Confucius Calligraphy Institute
Bristol Confucius Institute for Healing
Bristol Confucius Institute for Pottery
As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, our relationship with other countries becomes more important, particularly to those with a global outreach and influence such as China. The building proposal is a Confucius Institute which aims to aid in the UK’s relationship to China which is important for trade.
The institute provides space for the teaching of the Chinese language and sharing of Chinese culture, as well as a pottery. The design of the pottery aims to connect the resident potters to nature; an important inspiration in Chinese arts.
Confucius Institute X Redcliffe
Chinese Confucius Institute for Dragon Boat Racing
Music Confucius Institute
Recovering From Opiates
Confucius Institutes are traditionally defined as public educational organisations operating in affiliation with the People's Republic of China, with the aim of promoting Chinese language and facilitating cultural exchanges. Confucius Institutes continue to garner negative press surrounding their attachment to universities and are being forced to rethink their approach or close their doors for good. This project aims to begin to repair Britain and China's scarred relationship, long defined by the opium wars. Bristol and China aim to work together by focusing on a community-based institute, working with those still affected by heroine and opiate addiction. Founded in Confucius' core belief that you are only as good as what you do for your community, this institute aims to create quality recovery and learning space for addicts to reintegrate within the community. The project draws on the Chinese vernacular of courtyards and the connection to nature often explored within healing architecture.
Confucius Institute for Music
Bristol Film/Confucius Institute
Chinese Confucius Centre and Modern Art Centre
The Porridge Yard
Confucius Institute allies ancient Confucian thought with contemporary teaching practices to help tackle the bourgeoning issue of juvenile probation and rehabilitation. The holistic programme promotes both physical and mental wellbeing, with the building acting as an instrument for learning.
Confucius Institute Asian dining court
An exploration of the notion of ‘home’ to enhance intergenerational interactions within Bristol.
My concept is to redefine how a building can be utilised in education, by providing spaces and facilities that are specifically designed to show students the reality of their chosen profession.
The mud dock site is a car park located on the riverside in Redcliffe with a beautiful view. My aim was to design a building that utilises the whole site for a mixed-use scheme as well as the main culinary educational facility.
Greatly inspired by the book Life between Buildings by Jan Gehl, I explore the cube form and experimented with the various shapes, surfaces and levels one can gain by using many cubes. I believe this multi-levelled scheme where work, leisure and learning are intertwined, is a forward-thinking way of how the communities of tomorrow can grow and thrive.
The Harb - An Inner-City Hub
Bristol Bonfucius Institute and Library
A space to inspire and enlighten, a library for world literature and learning
Confucius Institute and Bath House
Traditional construction methods applied to contemporary materials to celebrate understanding.
Confucius Culinary Arts Institute
The Confucius Culinary Arts Institute aims to break the norm of the standard model of Confucius institutes that are generally rooted within already established educational systems of universities, colleges and schools. This is achieved through having a public focused programme of the building through a street food market and restaurant that celebrates the diverse range, of both forms and regions, of Chinese cuisine. The market aims to act as a catalyst, bringing vitality to this area of the harbour and forming as a node that extends the already vibrant bar and restaurant scene of the floating harbour. This will complement the educational programme of the institute that specialises in the Chinese Culinary arts, serving as a hub at many levels from producing qualified Chinese chefs to the enthusiasts that want to immerse themselves more into Chinese food culture.
As a whole the project aims to achieve the fundamental goal of Confucius institutes of promoting Chinese culture and learning but to the wider society rather than a focused audience, typically found within existing institutes.
The Tea Factory
The Tea Factory is a social enterprise which combines light industry with vocational learning opportunities to create a mixed-use site, outputting tea-based products provide jobs at all skill levels with the intention of uniting the polarised neighbourhood of Redcliffe around social principles inspired by the philosopher Confucius.
Situated on Redcliffe Wharf, the building responds to its context by using the historic land formation and its namesake of the red cliffs to generate a form that blends into its landscape. Using “Gonshi”, the study of rock formations which display characteristics denoting beauty and balance in Chinese culture, the building’s rocky exterior undulates across the site, pausing to allow glimpses into a softer tectonic found internally. An integrated technical strategy sees services and heating and cooling solutions sandwiched between the primary and secondary structural components, allowing great flexibility with maintenance and future alterations.
Confucius Institute Design, Make, Sell
Confucius Institute and CraftWorks Centre
Confucius Institute and Gastronomic Centre
Confucian philosophy is deeply reflected in Chinese food culture. Combining a Confucius institute with a gastronomic centre in Bristol creates a great way to celebrate this while bringing people together through the common love for food. The site will give visitors the opportunity to experience a journey with food. This begins with the small city farm where people can engage in the process of growing food, the food market hall then gives visitors the opportunity to buy good quality local food products, cooking classes are available to teach visitors what can be made from those foods, and finally a restaurant is on-site to provide visitors with a great dining experience.
The building itself is designed around a large Chinese garden that leads down to the waterfront inspiring a new green space. The biophilic design ties together with Confucian philosophy to create a healthy community space for all people to enjoy while simultaneously promoting Chinese culture.