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.
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.
INTEGRATING IMPERFECTION: European Centre for Jazz
Located in the northern quarter of Valby’s regenerative master plan lies the European Centre of Jazz. A landmark for the city of Copenhagen, the building will serve as a central focus to the city’s vibrant jazz culture. Its linear promenade morphs into a three-dimensional form, where the pedestrian street brings life and soul to the thriving place.
The material pallet chosen for the exterior continues into the shared internal space, suggesting that the public spaces within the building are open and inviting to the visitors, stimulating spontaneous performances and integrating imperfection.
Inspired by the way water makes its way through rock, the building is shaped around music and sound, which pierces the monolithic volume, creating a space for the public areas. These link together, allowing the building’s spirit to flow out onto the adjacent public square and the entire masterplan, aiming to intrigue the visitor using the vibrant life from within.
The Danish National Centre for Music – Jazz Spa
The building sits at the North of a large master-planned site. The masterplan is structured with a highly integrated canal system, connected to the main harbour, similar to that of other developments in Copenhagen.
The external of the building is to host the popular Copenhagen Jazz Festival with the internal spaces devoted to a more intimate and atmospheric spa, also containing a live Jazz bar. The different spas inside and out relate the strong Danish tradition of bathing alongside the arguable connection between Jazz and water.
The building is a complex of separated blocks, to contain different programs, connected with glass walkways above and below. The cross-rhythms of Jazz are represented with the crossing of circulation and structure.
The rawness of the materiality of the building is based on the rawness of the sound of Jazz. The different textures of concrete are also used to promote the phenomenological approach exhibited throughout the building. This theory has been used given the often dark, atmospheric and experiential spaces used for the performance of Jazz.
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.
Chalk & cheese: Situated in the heart of a redundant quarry, this proposal and supporting masterplan locates the epicentre of the ‘chalk-and-cheese’ arable and pastoral landscapes of Wiltshire. The scheme responds to local qualification and skills shortages by drawing upon the concept of Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) to correct social behaviours amongst local youths. The principle building is informed by biophilic design and the prominence of the vernacular courtyard farmstead. An agricultural, educational and social space are united by a central atrium exhibiting a rotary milking parlour, ensuring that the dairy herd remain a viewable entity at all times. This is accompanied by an on-site residential scheme for students and an anaerobic waste digester to serve the surrounding communities.
Sculptural Informatics (sculptural information in South Wiltshire): South Wiltshire has evolved over time and has been regarded through time with its many different identities (the religious, the market town, the city of the countryside, the Tourist City), however, it is its craft and relics of its old industries that have left it as a tourist hub. The current domestic nature and demographics (comprising of a higher percentage of older people) mean it can take advantage of being a city for respite (for social health).
The aim of this development is to preserve the “domestic” nature of the area, fostering community spirit and interaction, and also to promote the touristic interests within the area thereby boosting the local economy. This will be achieved by connecting south Wiltshire’s abundant sculptural identity through a sustainable transport network, but also a network of community hubs for the production of therapeutic sculpture which will boost community interaction and mental wellbeing.
GRIDS: The aim of this project was to create a new use for Jacob Wells Baths, Bristol. The building was originally public baths, and then became a community dance centre in the 1980's. My aim was to continue to keep the building open to the community by creating an infrastructure which increases functionality, I was able to speak to members of the community to find out what they would like to happen to the building. From this, I kept the use of the main space as a performance/rehearsal area, mainly for aerial performances to utilise the height of the main room.
The purpose of the grid is to allow more light to enter the main room as well as the bar. Within the grid are viewpoints to allow visitors to see glimpses of performances and rehearsals in the main room.
The North grid was created mainly for children and families to ensure my design catered to all ages of the community, with a number of schools nearby I designed a library and activity area to allow the schools to use the multi-use building.
Radical Theatre: This project is a response to the extensive amount of protests that happen in and around Bristol. The aim of this proposal is to create a space where activists and the community and come and express their views about the current social, economic and cultural issues of today. The hope of this space is to also influence, teach and inspire others to make a change. The main space within this scheme will be the underground theatre that will be situated in the abandoned swimming pool of Jacobs Wells Baths, Bristol. The performances that will take place will be those associated with Radical Theatre. A theatrical movement, created by Bertolt Brecht, to make interact and challenge the audience, with the aim to push them to make a cultural change.
This theatre will be engrossed by the existing pool tiles and general aesthetics of a Victorian swimming pool. Continuing with this radical theme, a series of 'alien' like structures will be proposed in various other places to accommodate, short films and public facilities.
Oliver: is a completely unique gardening tool-kit for the younger market, providing an outdoor experience blending nature and music. It’s perfect for keeping the gardener company. When wanting to spend time gardening, all essentials will be immediate to hand. A trowel and fork are included with Oliver as a starter kit. Built in the form of Oliver there is a natural amplifier for gardening to the radio or a favourite playlist with a high-quality sound.
Oliver helps the gardener to de-stress and relax with these features, creating confidence to make gardening part of everyday life. The goal is to encourage people to get outdoors and be amongst nature, to bring the fun and enjoyment back into gardening. It has purposefully been designed for a different aesthetic to the rest of the market. With its sculptural shape and large functional space inside, Oliver is a new perception of what a gardening toolkit should be.
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The Flavour Of Taste: Our busy lifestyles makes us prioritise aspects of our lives, the enjoyment of food and cooking has been pushed to the bottom of the pile. Research shows that the average young adult has a repertoire of four recipes that they can prepare themselves unassisted. I identified a need for a service to reignite a passion for food and cooking to get people excited about it again and to educate people about flavours and how they can be manipulated.
The Flavour of Taste is a personalised food experience using colour to illustrate different flavours. Users learn about themselves and what flavours they are more susceptible to. A graphic of this is calculated based on your responses through the app to the flavour samples. After the event, monthly flavour cards personal to your tastes will be delivered to your home along with ‘hero ingredients’ so that cooking can be quick and enjoyable.
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Encouraging Face to Face Social Interaction: These days, mobile devices are everywhere. Everyone has at least one and people are on them all the time, sometimes when they shouldn’t be, like when they’re out with friends. It’s Natasha’s goal to get people off of them. Most people agree that mobile technology hurts socialising overall but there are aspects that can make a positive contribution to socialising. Natasha is a social hub that takes these positive aspects (such as sharing media and looking up information), enhances them and makes them more appropriate for a social environment. She accomplishes this through her LED display for displaying information and expressions, a microphone for voice recognition commands, a projector for streaming mobile device screens, a laser projector for games and a 360-degree speaker for audio and music. Users connect their devices to her and are then able to use their functions to benefit the social environment instead of harm it.
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Titan ‘lean to steer’ wheelchair: Although liberating, standard existing wheelchairs have limited capability traversing typical everyday surfaces. This has the effect of restricting the users own fun, enjoyment and sense of empowerment.
Titan is an intuitive ‘lean to steer’ wheelchair for independent wheelchair users. Sleek, stylish and seductively fun; the Titan wheelchair puts you in control, encouraging confidence through fun with its innovate assisted intuitive ‘lean steer’ capability.
The ‘lean steer’ function converts up to a 7-degree seat tilt into a swerving turn around a minimum turning circle of 15 meters. To assist the user to return the tilt to normal, independently adjustable elastomer springs below the seat provide lightweight, maintenance free support.
The Titan achieves a strong, sleek and minimal frame by utilising metal additive manufacturing technology to produce highly intricate and optimised Titanium lugs which are bonded with carbon fibre tubing.
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Knowle West Cookery School | Cultivating a Community
The face of the culinary arts world has changed. Chefs have become household names and cookery shows are taking television by storm - which has made becoming a chef, a career that was once considered undesirable, one of the fastest growing professions in the country.
This facility will educate local people how to grow fresh produce, teach them how to cook in community kitchens and allow them to make their own labelled food products to sell in the local food chain. It will become the heart of the community, and a place where visitors can both purchase and consume food at different stages along the food production process.
The building distinguishes itself in the field of culinary education by taking advantage of its suburban rural setting, to narrate a story about the process of making a meal from “field to fork”. This institute brings the production of food and our consumption of it - under one roof for the visitor to understand.
Centre for Transhuman Transition
In today’s world advancements in technology are increasing at a rapid pace. Ideas first thought unachievable are now becoming part of the every day. So with technological advancements in every aspect of our lives, what happens when technology surpasses the human body. When the artificial goes beyond the limitations of our natural form?
The Centre for Transhuman Transition explores a world where this technological change is real, focused through the study of prosthetics, the centre eviscerates our natural bodies to bond and merges with mechanics. However, before we as humans transcend, we must first question our own morality in the face of evolutionary change.
Would we welcome this change, this chance to upgrade ourselves, to control our own evolution and transcend into something more than human? Something Transhuman.
British School at Porto
The project is based in Porto and the programme seeks to emulate British School at Rome. I have created a village of cultural exchange where British artist, writers, architects and other creatives can reside to be inspired by Porto. In the heart of the village is a library nesting in an old industrial ruin where research can be carried out. Equally, as British artists go out and explore Porto, Portuguese artists can come and visit the British School at Porto for lectures and exchange of skills.
From a distance, the buildings possess the lines and colours of traditional architecture in Porto, the closer a visitor come the more it dissolves into modern forms creating something new. The arrangement of the structures is based on a village layout and the streets serve as meeting points where casual cultural exchange can take place, while the library and other internal spaces give a platform for formal cultural exchange.