On this award-winning course, you can work toward professional status in architecture and/ or engineering (RIBA and CIBSE). Develop the skills needed to design a new generation of buildings with the forms, materials and systems to help them be both life enriching and environmentally responsible. An unusual course fostering talents which are much needed in this emerging field.
The Modern Guild Workshop: is an arts and crafts centre where craftsmen and designers can design, make and exhibit many forms of artwork. The concept initially came from the ethos: ‘to reclaim, to reuse and to recycle’ from both the ‘Waste Framework Directive’ and ‘Design for Sustainable Change’.
This facility provides privately rented live/work studios and communal zones for designers on the ground floor accessed via the working yard on the south side of the building. Above is a public exhibition where shows and conferences can be held as well as a seminar room on the top floor providing space for educational lectures.
The main ‘crowd-puller’ of the centre is ‘The Display Cabinet’ which is a large exhibition zone for installations and large art pieces, spanning over the three floors of the building. Public access is through the lower floor, with viewing platforms on each floor. For installation and deconstruction, the artists access the exhibits using balconies and hidden walkways on each floor.
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Public buildings such as libraries, parks, and city halls, can define a community’s identity by installing a greater sense of pride in the local way of life. Civic institutes can foster a frequent and meaningful contact between citizens, encouraging an increasingly diverse population to use local facilities and discuss public matters. In response to the city of Bath’s sparsity of resident focused infrastructure, there is a need to provide a space for the local resident which encourages connectivity away from tourism, and hence promotes a ‘sense of place’. Priority should be given to the local people and the public services they require, to express the character of the place, neighbourhood and region. As such the brief is to create a ‘House of Bath’ to anchor the local community, bringing them together by providing resources, gathering places and forums for open communication. The governing theory behind the scheme will be Critical Regionalism. This Regionalism will not involve copying the city’s vernacular type as is the current city policy. Instead, the design will condense the artistic potential of the region while reinterpreting cultural influences coming from the outside.
To fit the brief and to change consumerism in Bath, the idea of this building is to bring a modern culture to Bath through drama, theatre and art. It hosts a drama school for adolescents, to which established and well-known artists from around the country, in addition to locals, come to teach in the day and perform in the evenings. As well as rehearsal studios and classrooms, it houses a black box theatre that can be adapted to suit the needs of any performance, from the stage scenery to the seating arrangement. Large pivoted doors encircle the interior of black box theatre, allowing the space to be completely open, partially open or fully closed. In terms of the actual building, it has been designed to make the most of the landscape on which it sits, where a series of extruded and thrust elements have created a stepped and layered roofscape over the ground floor where the theatre. The green roof above is open to the public, providing a public park to the people of Bath.
Bath has a music scene dominated by classical music, with limited resources, notably a recording studio. There is a want for the consumption of music, but no real means of its production.
The building responds to the current music scene in Bath by widening the diversity of music offered. Focusing on electro-acoustic and experimental production of sounds. The building aims to strengthen Baths community around music through spaces which explore sound in a way not currently offered, including facilitating a recording studio, workshops, teaching spaces and a range of performance spaces.
The complex perception of space: sensory immersion in architecture
The phenomenology of architecture is the philosophical study of spaces as they appear in experience; it’s the study of the importance of human perception, intuition and phenomenal experience in the built space.
The proposal of this project is to include all the senses to find an architecture that allows the reconstruction of the experience, where occupants are not mere spectators, but participants in their own environment.
This project seeks to connect the built space with nature, this dialectic between the inside and the outside arises to create an integrated experience with the environment.
Creating an architecture based on thought has a therapeutic consequence. Therefore, the building will be based in art therapy. Emotional and existential surroundings can allow us to construct spaces where creative experiences, healing emotions and making take place. The idea that each sense will have a different level of intimacy was utilised to create an emotional journey through the spaces, thus creating stimulating environments.
Understanding the essence of each space through sensory design (textures, materials, light, shadows, perspective) will create a memorable encounter with the environment. Hence, touching the ultimate poetic depth of the space.