Develop the skills and methods by which existing spaces and buildings can be reimagined, rethought and converted to new uses. This includes learning the principles of structure and working with real clients and spaces. The course includes a comprehensive study of design principles, as well as consideration of matters including light, depiction, environment, furniture, temporary structures and the needs of the user.
Protrusions + Incisions: This scheme was designed to open up the RWA and create a more inviting entrance sequence.
The existing space felt cluttered with shelves covering the marble behind - hiding the materiality and character of the building. The goal was to reveal these features, bring more light through and improve circulation.
The stripping back and addition of new elements within the project has followed through from the structure into the furniture and details e.g. hollowed out voids and protruding ledges and edges. Existing cafe walls were removed and replaced with a new column to tie the areas together and encourage users to move towards the galleries on the left. This column reinterprets the form and texture of the existing in a fresh, contemporary way and the shelving units were designed to follow the symmetry and shape of the grand staircase.
Inside | Out
Framing Thresholds: Framing Thresholds set out to resolve fundamental programming issues at The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol’s first purpose built art gallery. The scheme proposed to reconstruct the galleries façade by opening the gallery onto the street through a series of extruded openings, but to design these in such a way so to capitalised on the modern customer’s desire for an instagrammable backdrop. By doing so, the scheme provides an experience than will entice new visitors, without spoiling the RWA that existing visitors know and love. There are huge pull factors to instagrammable locations, with 800 million active monthly users, Instagram has fast become a worthy and free marketing tool.
A family of architectural elements was designed to promote clear circulation, create more user-friendly spaces, whilst introducing a set of juxtaposing materials that visibly highlighted the interventions within the Neoclassical contemporary art gallery. Each of these elements frame views whilst signifying the type of art the gallery exhibits, which is currently misjudged due to the building exterior appearance.
Our final year studio project focused on the rejuvenation of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA). Celebrating its 161st year as an art gallery, I wanted to pursue a new gallery space that would present a new dynamic character by means of natural light. I also wanted the RWA to permanently change the skyline of its surroundings through tunnel-shaped ceiling elements, which was also a crucial part of the natural lighting programme. This response had the aim of attracting visitors to explore inside the RWA and to extend its existing narrative, whilst embracing the interior values it already had.
01: New Café and Gallery space with ceiling cubes for better acoustic and lighting situation.
02: New Café space with oiled oak on floor, wall and furniture
Convergence: Convergence is a multifunctional extension onto the north elevation of the Royal West of England Academy at basement level within the garden area. The extension aims to increase the footfall to the gallery by revitalising the neglected garden space as a sculpture garden and provide key interior uses within, including an educational “messy” space for school trips to utilise, opportunities for a range of storage options, climate-controlled archive space and a reading room. The key feature of the design would be its sculptural, stepped partial green roof which allows users to walk from street level down into the garden at basement level. This feature of the design allows for the internal extension areas to be provided without the loss of garden space. The proposal intends to provide key interior spaces, bring the garden into use and provide a calming and relaxing space for the public to be immersed in art.