Develop creative solutions from artistic concepts through to detailed design with a specialist knowledge of materials and structure and the fine craft of architecture. Investigate the design, refurbishment and re-use of existing and new build structures using cutting edge tools and 3D computational methods. With an emphasis on building technology develop your portfolio with complex project briefs in a professional environment.
In the 21st century the world is rapidly changing. In uenced by Mike Weinstock’s article ‘Terrain Vague’ this project seeks to understand how can our industry adapt to its pace if most others use technologies and A.I. to push theirs forward. This in uences the way in which we perceive spaces, as now they tend to become non-places. Thus to keep up with the change, spaces we use need to know how we feel, who we are, what we need, to become fully inhabited again.
Constant interplay of views and rationality of usage, allows for innovation to take place. Thus this project is at all times levelled and provides physical shifts of views. Which may create mental shifts, change of perspective and innovation may take place, and therefore housing may improve, so that construction industry may keep up with the changes occurring, for places to become important again.
01. Ground Floor Master Plan
02. Conceptual Sketch of geometric architectural feature
03. Atrium Interior with natural system
Embracing the Vulnerable
A way to change society's perception on drugs by embracing it with the use of education and awareness, while providing a safe place where addicts can take illegal narcotics under medical supervision
A Point to Start
Bristol has a rich history which makes the character the city has today. One
of the key elements that makes part
of the city is the music. Bristol has a big underground scene that focuses on music amongst other elements. Walking around the city you will see buskers appearing through the busy streets along with a number of music venues throughout.
A Decentralised Recycling Centre
There is too much single use plastic in circulation without any means of recycling or reuse, causing negative impacts to our planet. As designers we should address social and environmental problems by finding innovation methods of design for a more sustainable future.
This project looks at designing a decentralised recycling centre, and exploring ways waste could be used as part of architecture. It attempts to showcase beauty in waste and in what we normally find at the outskirts of cities tucked away and out of sight by bringing it to the city centre.
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Cultural Oasis : Convivial Integration
Institute of Contemporary Dance
For the final proposal was designed to be an institute of contemporary dance on Bristol’s Waterfront Square, utilising the harbourside’s scenic views and the neighbouring Millennium Square’s cultural heritage. The institution is proposed to push the creative boundaries of Bristol to a broader extent, therefore, it intends to provide higher education for the elite who wishes to pursue dance in the professional sector, as well as offering beginners’ classes for the children of Bristol.
The scheme is designed to conjure a sensorial journey for the users, embodying a contemporary dance performance with the use of light and materiality that will heighten the users’ senses, thus, elevating their experience and interaction with the building. The form and elements within the building will also evoke continuative movement from the Millennium Square into and around the institute.
Everyday life is a multi-sensory experience and the institute shall strengthen the connection of all the senses.
Architecture Institute to Raise Awareness for Mental Disorders
The stimulus of this design idea is derived from the words of Libeskind who stated that architecture is a deeply political act, as it can only be built through agreement, through discussion, through discourse, and through a democratic view of what is best for the citizens of a city (Libeskind & Binet 1900).
Having that on mind, three ideas formed the foundation of my design which is an institute to raise awareness for mental disorders. First, the increasing number of individuals that develop a mental disorder both in the UK and in all around the world (WHO, 2019). Second, the social stigma which still "follows· these disorders due to the lack of education regarding them and third, the necessity to integrate them physically and spiritually into the consciousness and memory of the people who live in the city of Bristol in order to eliminate social stigma in the future.
The idea was to create a building that makes you aware for these disorders through learning, experimenting and experiencing. The experiencing floor (top floor) includes a maze where the visitor entering this maze would actually experience the symptoms of this particular disorder i.e. in the room with the eating disorder mirrors will be placed on angle to distort body image of visitors.
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Bristol Opera House & Vocal Conservatoire
Contemporary architecture often fails to provide the ideal infrastructure that promotes harmony with one’s mind, body, and psyche. As Je Dickson stated in his poem, ‘The Paradox of our Time’: “Taller buildings but shorter tempers. Wider freeways but narrower viewpoints.” Mental health has become a severe issue we face in our contemporary society (1 in 4 people are thought to have mental health conditions). Architects should seek to create positive mental states through their work. Buildings are not structures to feed our egos, rather they are a place of stability and certainty amidst instability and uncertainty of the outside world. We architects provide a service to our communities; how we wish to live must a affect how we build. Step by step, brick by brick, drawing by drawing, we must not only see our end-users as just humans but as our brothers, mothers, children, and as ourselves.
Topia is a fully immersive, digital content provision centre for millennials. It is a semi-satirical, semi-futurist thought experiment which explores the impact of the digital age on young peoples’ attitudes towards others and towards themselves, with particular reference to the increasing obsolescence of traditional societal protocol. The project asserts from the outset that the internet exists as a virtual heterotopia, it mirrors and at the same time uses modes of simulation to distort. The phone, or computer screen exists as a warped mirror to society. The ultimate aim of this project is to manifest this idea physically in real society to create a contemporary Heterotopia of the digital age in Bristol and expose the differences between the real and the hyper-real. This will therefore in turn evoke the viewer of this project, or indeed the user of this building, to think more deeply about the vast hidden influence that the digital environment is having on themselves and on society as a whole.
The Culture Shed
Based on the multicultural identity of the city and the strategies of the Bristol City Council that seeks to promote Bristol as an international city, the project aims to explore how people from different cultural backgrounds can gather and build social relationships together, by showing and expressing different aspects and ideas from their particular cultures.
The proposed building through its design intents to embrace the values of inclusivity and diversity and allow people to show what makes them different. The building proposal also tries to motivate those people to engage in different activities and help the formation of a multicultural community, where everyone can equally inform and express thoughts about society. Architecturally, the building by following principles of High-tech architecture such as flexibility and adaptability and the code of “honesty through expression” achieves to create pleasant and comfortable environments for its users as well as respond perfectly to the industrial atmosphere of the area.
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Cheese Lane Drug Consumption Room - Rehabilitation Centre & Education Centre
How can architecture aid in diminishing stigma and humanising one of the most vulnerable groups in our society? This project asks us to challenge the current status quo regarding drug addiction, advocating a meaningful shift towards humanism, liberalism and education.
Several Bristol politicians are calling for legislative reform to make drug use safer, and there is a wave of public discussion towards harm reduction as opposed to criminalisation and prohibition. The project aims to manifest these progressive ideas and attitudes into a successful and responsive design – to create a multileveled, holistic and compassionate approach to the treatment of drug addicts, with the aim of de-stigmatising addiction and building links with the community. Drug consumption rooms provide a safe environment for those who do not wish to enter recovery, whilst a rehabilitation centre serves as a long-term healing environment. Educational functions shared with the public, such as a workshop and exhibition space, aim to help bridge the gap between the public perception of drug addiction and scientific reality of it being a chronic, complex brain disease.
In a future where automation and robotics aid our endeavours, the need for creativity becomes the main resource humans have to o er the world, this is the world of Creatopia. The project centres around the question of what will humans do in this future and how can architecture and the built environment help us to adapt and progress further?
The solution to this problem became a social hub where people can make, see and talk about art and sculpture. The building integrates these in 5 spaces (a workshop, 2 art galleries, a café and a roof terrace) each dedicated to either making, seeing or talking and as a result the social inter- actions between people help to teach each other about new skills in the world of art. This process of learning improves our creativity and thus helps us adapt and progress further into this world of the future.
01. Collage expressing calmness & relaxation in which the building is used for.
02. Render set within an alternative environment which allows the building to freely interact with its surroundings.
Female Sports and Rehabilitation Centre
Long Bristol and a Foundation of Ideas for the City Where I Live
This project is a response to the rapid change of the city where I live. In the city, it was observed that there has been a gradual desire to better understand and contribute to the change by the people of the city. By assuming that ideas of the people are the instigators of the change, a Foundation for the Ideas of the City is proposed, suggesting a different time and a place for the ideas of the city.
As the project developed, it was found that to respond to the change of the city, it was important to address how it is imagined by its people. Through an exploration that starts by re-interpreting the city by mapping its ideas, this project questions the coexistence and relationship between the constant construction and reconstruction of the real city and the city constructed in our minds.
The Imperfect Solid
The scheme is situated in the heart of the city of Bristol. The building is designed as an addition to the variety of cultural venues around the city. The aim was to add a place with a different character rather than overpower already established venues in the area. It provides a platform for artists and performers of traditional, physical and circus theatre to unite and produce a different and unique type of performance which does not have a home in Bristol yet.
The key drivers of the design are breaking boundaries between a performer and a visitor, merging routes, interaction and contrast. All decisions made based on these points have been directed by the relationship between users and their experience.
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The Basin: Bristol’s Community Climate Hub and Research Centre
Bristol’s Community Climate Hub and Research Centre is a local council funded and run educational hub with a strong focus on climatic and wider environmental issues.
It is dedicated to inspiring, promoting and creating a more conscientious relationship between the community and the environment. The main role of the hub is to act as a flagship building in Bristol’s campaign to become a carbon neutral city by 2030. It will further provide educational opportunities such as lectures, workshops and exhibitions, that will be facilitated by the hub in conjunction with leading climate change experts.
By improving the relationship between the community and the environment, the climate hub will thus create a better understanding and approach to the reduction of carbon emissions within Bristol. With the aim to become a key focal point and in influencing factor in the country’s response to the inevitable changes in our climate.
Vertical Urban Farming
Bristol Opera House & Vocal Conservatoire
Music for the Youth: International Concert Hall
Interactive Centre of Performance
The project aims to encourage the existing circulation through site to interact with the façade of the building, creating sound upon impact. The materiality links to the industrial materiality seen along Bristols Floating Harbour.
Using dance and movement as a medium to prevent isolation by building relationships.
The proposal is for a school of dance with multiple functions not only targeted at students, but targeted for both older and younger generations. Creating an intergenerational building which helps support the health and wellbeing of both parties. The main issue with the population of Bristol is that people feel isolated and alone. 11.48% of people who are aged 50 feel isolated. 32.79% of people aged between 65-74 live alone and 1.2 million of the elderly in England are known to be chronically lonely. Loneliness is harmful to one’s health. The building designed implements a solution for this, by providing physical activity.
The issue with intergenerational interaction is the majority of places that attempt to provide this fail, as there is a lack of foundation for communication. The theory is to create an architecture that provides this foundation as “dancing”. Where different generations of society can connect through their affinity with dance. Every space in the building has been designed with this in mind. “To see and hear each other, to meet, is in itself a form of contact, a social activity.”
People come to the building because they have a passion for dance and thus can interact with like-minded people, whatever generation they’re from. “Mixing young and old people can help extend lives.”
“People still need to feel integrated within themselves and be part of a community. The use of dance is one way to enable that to happen.” “Dancing is a movement, a movement is a therapy which overcomes discontinuity, and it enhances new connections and opportunities.” The scheme designed succeeds in doing this, and bridges the intergenerational gap between people.
The Avon Gorge Community Environmental Centre
In an age of mass urban development and increasing pressures on global biodiversity, architecture has the power to change things for the better. The Environmental Centre is a multi-purpose learning facility and community hub which focuses on biodiversity, the effects of climate change and the impact that climate change has on Bristol's ecology. It serves the needs of the local community, ecology, economy and education. Both public and private spaces facilitate passive and active learning experiences, such as lecture theatres, research laboratories, green houses, wildlife habitats, workshops and an urban farm. The building also facilitates meeting spaces where important discussions regarding the local biodiversity and climate issues can take place. The Environmental Centre ultimately seeks to provide users with new tools and knowledge that can better serve the environment in the long run whilst the building design seeks to repair some of the damage already seen in and around the Avon Gorge.
01. The Glasshouse
02. South East Elevation
03. Hallway and Courtyard
04. 1:20 Perspective Detail
05. South East Section
Immersion into a virtual world is not limited to the use of a virtual headset, how it influences architecture is now up to us.
Within the scenario of this project a ‘No deal’ Brexit has taken place, leaving the UK in a dystopian condition. The project looks at using Sir Thomas More’s Book Utopia written in 1551 as the manuscript for a new age of society within a dystopian post apoca-Brexit UK. More’s Utopia provides the brief for the spaces that are needed for the society to function, these include education, the common hall, market/item store and workshops.
The pure and simplistic nature of society is where the language of the architecture has been found. The materiality of the project and the poetics of the tectonic aim to portray these emotions and beliefs through a simple pallet with traditional connections aim to mirror the function and monastic lifestyle of the society into the architecture.
Mechanical Circus Theatre
The Mechanical Circus Theatre provides an affordable and flexible facility with technical and physical standards for circus performing activities. It has committed to offering something innovative, transformative and engaging in the heart of Bristol. It explores the manipulation through the theories, themes and different zones established on Fun Palace by Littlewood and Price. These being:
University of the streets
The overarching scheme of the Mechanical Circus Theatre is to develop a centre for ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, entertainment and education that welcomes people of all ages and social classes.
Architecture of Transience
The ‘mechanical’ representation of the Circus was not only an aesthetic treatment but the basis of its form; its structural armature executes the interactive and fluid programme.
Laboratory of Fun
Provoking the hedonistic joys of utilising the circus building into endless possibilities by incorporating three different zones: pulsating, imploding and exploding.
Cybernetics makes the Circus’ facades that respond to external environments. These elements transform the building into a performing living creature. It creates an ‘accidental spectating’ which draws in public and creates a spirit to the surrounding site, specifically the Millennium Square.
Bristol Institute of Arts
01. Perspective section
03. First floor with masterplan + ground floor, second floor to forth floor plans
Bristol is a city full of cultural and artistic elements with all the impressive architecture as well as unique graffiti. As a result, Bristol is a place where there is a contrast in art.
The proposed building will be reacting to the combination of both learning and performing brief. It is to provide primary to secondary students around Bristol a specialised space to learn musical performance as well as facilitated performance spaces, including a main performance hall that would be available for touring groups.
The aim if this building is to expose users to experience the opposite ends of spectrum. All designs applied follow the theme “CONTRAST”. Users will be feeling the contrast in materiality, spaces’ purposes, open and enclosed throughout the whole building.
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Bristol YOUth City
01. The axonometric across the site emphasises the adoption of space,
with children continually interacting and responding to the changing
02. The ground floor plan expresses the ‘connectivity’ of place, through its distinctively open and jagged masterplan within a large site.
03. The north-west elevation illustrates the materiality of each building, developing from the philosophical understanding of colour informing both emotion and function.
Hotwells Gateway for Multicultural Performance
Frame the City, Frame the Street - Street Art and Exhibition spaces Centre
Bristol is one of the most well-known cities for its artistic character, as it is undisputed as a capital of street art and graffiti in the United Kingdom. Up-fest, the Europe’s biggest street art festival, host each year a thou- sand of talented street artists. Banksy by creating his career in Bristol, achieved to make the beginning of the graffiti world true. The centre hosts the Up-fest festival, promotes and supports street artists and gives them the chance to make their love of painting their profession, using and depicting their thoughts on the wall.
The Graffito Haven
The 'Graffito Haven' investigates and challenges the current notions of Otherness, using user-based storytelling as a primary device of design and behaving as an architectural Vessel of Memory in the 21st century. The project is a cultural hub that seeks to provide a democratic space for street artists which can withstand political turmoil and the change of time, preserving Bristolian hip-hop culture using contemporary means and technology. Using Bristol’s – and in extent, the UK’s – current political climate as an urgent crisis relevant to the past, present and future, the growing xenophobic sentiment goes against the diverse multicultural nature of these communities. Recent news described the united scene as a “fairytale” and believe it to be “more divided than ever”.
With the subsequent loss of Bristolian cultural hubs (either through demolition or turned into profit-oriented apartment complexes) such as the Hamilton House and the Bearpit, there was a glaring need for one at one of the unengaged nodes in the city. The addition of a cultural hub would reconnect this geographic fragment and revitalise the creative scene there.
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The Resilience Network: A Tale of Collective Intelligence
The Egg Box: World Food Market
The Wave Inspired by the study of structure and the laws of organisation of nature by exploring aspects or element of water.
Relax Centre Thermal Spa
The architectural proposal is designed to accommodate various activities and introduce large thermal spa facilities in the centre of Bristol.
Collage of the Broken History of Castle Street Park
The spaces are divided into two sections; the private part containing recording, rehearsal and office spaces, and the public part containing a large event space/nightclub and a live music café.
Bristol’s Beacon Hall
Home to Less
The project is located next to the Lloyds HQ Building in Bristol. The project (Home to Less) is designed to improve society by providing shelter and living opportunity to street musicians. It is also designed as a destination for community to engage in music learning with street musicians
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Republic of Bristol
The project bridges the divide between politicians and the people, a new era of governance, ‘The Politics of Belonging’
My final year project revolves around the adaptation of the world and our reaction to it. The building reacts to societal problems in the local radius as well as on a global scale. How we may adapt to provide solutions for these problems and enable people to take power into their own hands.
St Augustines Arts & Crafts centre