Jay Singh-Gelling

Y 2   P o r t f o l i o

P 1  :  O b s e r v a t o r y

H o w   c a n   I r o n   A g e   d e s i g n   c r i t e r i a   b e   a d a p t e d   t o   a  

c o n t e m p o r a r y   p i e c e   o f   a r c h i t e c t u r e  ?

A joint project with Jack Osmond, we were tasked with designing an observatory at the summit of Higger Tor in the Peak District. Our personal brief was to design a building to be used as an observatory for children during the summer holidays (coinciding with the Perseid Meteor Shower), and a hikers’ refuge for the remainder of the year. The exact location of our building was decided upon because of its strong visual connection to Carl Wark, an Iron Age fort. This relationship went on to inform many of our design choices. 

 

P 2  :  S e e d   L i b r a r y

C a n   a   t e m p o r a r y   s t r u c t u r e   h a v e   a   l a s t i n g   p o s i t i v e   i m p a c t   o n  a   c o m m u n i t y   u n d e r g o i n g   s i g n i f i c a n t   c h a n g e  ?

Tasked with reinventing the library, our site was in Ancoats, an ex-industrial area in Manchester which has undergone rapid redevelopment in the past two decades. As is often the case in such areas, quality of life has been sacrificed by corporate developers for financial gain. A lack of green space is a symptom of this. Through a temporary seed library, greenhouse and teaching space, guerrilla planting on Ancoats’ vacant lots would be encouraged, lifting the area both aesthetically and in terms of community cohesion.

 

P 3  :  W o m e n s ‘   R e f u g e

H o w   c a n   t h e   i n h e r e n t   c o m m u n i t y   c o h e s i o n   o f   a   c o h o u s i n g  

s c h e m e   b e   a p p r o p r i a t e d   t o   a   s c e n a r i o   w h e r e b y   i t   i s   o f   r e a l  

s o c i e t a l   b e n e f i t  ?

Our brief for this project was to design a housing scheme which would benefit the wider community as well as the development’s inhabitants. I chose to design a Womens’ Refuge. Flaws in the current system for rehousing vulnerable women often lead to overcrowding of refuges, and subsequent isolation once women are permanently rehoused. Through cohousing these issues can be eliminated thanks to the inbuilt support network which will be created, and on-site therapy facilities. My aim was to not only design a housing scheme, but create a replicable housing model to aid some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

 

 

Contact: jay@singh-gelling.co.uk

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