This course will enable you to become a Chartered Architectural Technologist working at the centre of the contemporary construction industry. You will learn how to design buildings in detail and with expertise in structural technology and design, buildings science and computer modelling. You will develop both as a designer who skilfully communicates ideas in a variety of media and as a contracts manager within the procurement process.
The brief for this project was to extend and convert the Bristol Architecture Centre to become a studio and office space for UWE’s Architectural courses, with an emphasis on the design of the façade. My proposal consists of a 4-storey extension connected to the existing building via a glass-fronted atrium/street space on each floor. This is clad in Corian panels, to create a crisp and seamless white frontage, with cast Corian solar shading for each of the staggered windows, to protect from the afternoon sun. The wooden frames for these windows extend into the studios behind to create window seats and built-in storage between them. This way the façade is not purely aesthetic, but can also be part of the building’s use for the students inside.
Architecture Technology Teaching and Information Centre (ATTIC) Image 01 & 02
The existing walls of The Architecture Centre (hatched grey) are stripped back to Stone, an opaque glazed Atrium links the new tower to the refurbished building, wrapping around the internal skin of the existing walls.
The new 7 storey tower uses a Concrete frame and houses a Lecture Theatre in the basement, a reception and café/bar on the Ground floor and an architectural studio on 1st – 6th floors.
The circulation space at the front of the tower comprises of frameless high-performance UV reflecting Fritted Glazing, timber stairs and landings, all of which are suspended from the roof on 30º Steel suspension cables.
RNLI Beach POD (RNLI) Image 03 & 04
The roof of the rescue POD aims to imitate the waves coming in from the Sea.
Access is from the raised walkway behind or using the ladder for quick access to the beach.
The POD includes a workroom/kitchen, equipment store, medical/treatment room, bunk bedroom and a shower/WC, and is moved around the beach to different locations on the timber sleds which include a shimming system for levelling of the POD on the sand.
Designing an architectural but artistic bus shelter for UWE posed quite a challenge. I looked at a range of art instalments and precedents to see what was possible - I wanted a design that was striking but practical as a bus shelter). My final design came from the concept of a crunched up piece of paper (relating to university life). The design brings an element of sophistication, artist interpretation and technical qualities.
This rescue & resuscitation pod was to be designed for a beach. This entailed bespoke detailing and creating a design that fitted the clients' needs. I created a design that was obviously a `pod' but could be easily dismantled and moved to a different location. The Kalzip skin that is wrapped around the centre is contrasted with the timber and glass ends that allow for a stream of natural light to penetrate the pod.
The brief was to provide a portable pod with the main aim of providing accommodation for RNLI workers throughout the day and night in a beach setting. The Brief also stated that the pod is to provide space for emergency care for beach users. To address the brief I proposed a modular design using SIP Panels as the main structure for two separate pods. Each pod will be fixed to adjustable steel supports. Lateral loads are dealt with through internal SIP panels and steel cables connected to the steel base supports. A concertina style stair system wrapped in a P.V.C membrane will provide a protected route for the pods' occupants to travel between the private and public space. This stair has been designed to be able to be unfixed and collapsed for transport.
My first final year project was to design a bus shelter that would go on UWE campus. This design makes use of parametric modelling tools and has evolved through natural forms. The image shown is a rendered east elevation of the shelter. The shelter is composed of a lightweight aluminium structure with a glass roof and hanging glass panels underneath. The second image is of the main studio project of the year. We had to design and detail an entire facade. The picture shows the development of the crazy curved facade I came up with I also have created a 1:20 model of a midsection of the facade. The final image is a plan from the facade project I chose this because it shows my facade as well as some interior
My beach pod is designed to be comfortable and compact mobile space, providing necessary facilities for RNLI lifeguards to work and sleep during their hours on duty. It is a stacked pod with a central staircase which utilises every space, such as the sleeping compartment and equipment storage beneath the first floor. It is constructed from timber and sits on two timber sleds, allowing it to be towed up and down the beach.
My facade project is an original design of a 'Kinetic Building.' There is a grid of identical facade systems that move accordingly to give the appearance of individual square panels being folded to allow light into the building. The system has an outer frame surrounding the building structure and an inner frame which moves forward and backwards on tracks to move the bronze panels. This project is built on the existing Bristol Architecture Centre.
The requirement for a Lifeguard rescue pod that had the ability to be relocated to other beaches made it necessary for robust detailing to ensure that the structure could withstand the elements endured on the exposed beach. The focus on the detailing and the need for precise connections between each element was a challenging part of the project but one which I enjoyed and developed new skills from.
With an existing building on the site, and the decision to keep the structure without the new design, the connection between the new and the old was an important aspect of this façade project to me. To integrate these two spaces a perforated aluminium `wave' façade falls across the front of the building, cloaking both the new and the old structures.
The rendered image depicts a proposed temporary bus shelter for UWE made from multiple layers of stacked CLT, each layer changes in shape providing a helical cut-out for people to shelter in. In keeping with the bus shelter being temporary, the CLT layers slide over the steel hollow sections and have 100mm steel collars which act as spacers sliding in-between each layer; this system allows for easy construction and disassembly. The detailed section shows an eight-story double skinned façade building to be located on the Bristol harbourside. The building is designed to be cross ventilated with the façade providing cool fresh air from louvres located at the base of each level. To protect against solar loading the façade features automatic blinds located within the facades ventilation gap.
The 4 images are the three stages of my studio design work. The first is a concept sketch of the existing land adjacent to the Architecture Centre at this point I had no idea what the form or function of the project was going to be.
The second image is the project with the form and function confirmed by my tutor. I encountered a few challenges working in 3d, and in context. I learnt so much about drawing odd shapes, previous to this I would normally draw with just straight lines because of my limitations with using the drawing software (Revit). The third image shows the design at the final stage and is a populated rendered scene, showing the building's private and public spaces in use.
The 4th and final image is a rendered night scene of which I think has an atmospheric feel.
Project 3 - Facade:
The brief given asked of us to address the issue of designing a new building on an empty plot of land in Bristol by the Arnolfini (Harbourside), whilst keeping the facade of the Architecture Centre on the site 'untouched'.
To address this issue I placed the new building behind the Architecture Centre tying the original facade back to the concrete structure of the new build with anchor ties. New openings were formed on the south elevation of the original structure. This along with the U-Channel Glass cladding system with varied translucencies of the panels frames the views outside. The form of the building was depicted by its location - the courtyard allows for light and air to flow freely into the lower levels.
A block work wall sits on top of concrete slabs which creates the external envelope while the glazing system is either hung/or supported by steel angles which are tied back to the concrete frame through thermal breaks.
This project involved the design of a new architectural department building for the University of the West of England. The site is located alongside Bristol’s Floating Harbour and includes the Bristol architecture centre building. In this project, the architecture centre has been refurbished and extended. The extensions involve adding new form over the top of the existing building. A double façade has been added at the front of the building to merge the building’s extensions in with the existing building. The façade has rotating louvres inside it, which creates a heating and cooling management system on the front of the building. The louvres rotate to provide solar shading to the users inside and will also collect heat from the sun and distribute it into the ventilation stack. Vents at the top of the stack are used to control the temperature of the air in the ventilation stack within the façade. Automated windows help control the temperature of the building and provides natural heating and cooling. The rotating louvres also allow the building users the choice of privacy or interaction with external elements whilst undertaking their academic their studies.
ADAPTABLE: is a multiple space demon that can be applied in different locations suiting a range of purposes. Adaptable was created with prefabrication in mind. The panels are assembled off-site and delivered ready to be fitted on site. Adaptable consists of seven variations of panels: curve solid, curve with the door, curve with window, side solid, side with the door, side with window and roof/floor panel. Adaptable can meet a wide range of space requirements from permanent to temporary structures. The material used on this project was applied to meet the conditions of a beach with public access. However different materials could be used, for example where GRP was used as the external material to withstand the conditions of a beach, timber could be used to add more character. The application is simple and cost effective where waste is reduced with its prefabrication as well as time with its assembly method.