Luke Smith

Y R  2  P O R T F O L I O

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Second Year at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture has been as enjoyable as it is has been challenging. Expanding upon the strong base I built in First Year, I have been pushed out of my comfort zone and had my abilities have been tested and immensely improved. This year I have made huge efforts in expanding my knowledge of computer programs, such as AutoCad and VectorWorks, and challenged myself in the workshop on laser cutting machines to give my work a more rounded and professional presentation.

My Second Year Portfolio displays my progress through three varied design briefs of increasing scale and difficulty.

To contact, please email luke.smith1996@hotmail.co.uk

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P1

joint project with GEORGINA SCOTT

W A L K E R ‘ S  R E F U G E

THE CABIN

[The shelter on the hill]

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For the first project of the year we worked together in pairs with the aim of creating a walker’s refuge that could accommodate weary hikers in the Peak District. With the intention of relating the building to a threshold, an area where one territory ends and another begins, we set it near a small grove of trees high above the village of Castleton and pointed it down towards the valley for spectacular views. The simple clean form of the building and it’s materiality was inspired by the agricultural barn buildings in the area.

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P2

P U B L I C   L I B R A R Y

THE GLOWBUG

[Escape the stress of the city, 24/7 relaxation in the Glowbug Library]

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The Northern Quarter in Manchester is an area with a rich industrial heritage and is packed with new regeneration and development so designing a library on one of its street corners was a welcome challenge. The area hosts workers in the day before flooding with visitors in the evening, who come to enjoy the electric nightlife. It’s this dynamic that inspired ‘The Glowbug’, a 24/7 ‘chill-out’ library, that transforms from relaxation space for workers by day to busy hub for the 3AM night owl by night.

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P3

H O U S I N G  S C H E M E

ELLESMERE GREEN ALLOTMENTS

[Moving the suburbs in]

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The third, final and largest project of the year was to design a housing scheme in Burngreave, Sheffield which plays host to many immigrants from all over the world and is a melting pot of cultures and ideas. Most interesting to me when walking around the area was the contrast between the busy central hub (where my site was directly located) and the quiet, green suburbs. I took inspiration from this and hinged my scheme around the reintroduction of nature and emphasis on community. The public allotments give an opportunity for inner city residents to grow their own food, for the young to play in nature, for exotic foods to be sold in the nearby markets and for North African cafés to donate their used coffee beans as compost. These opportunities help to create a scheme that uplifts and unifies the diverse area of Burngreave through practical methods.

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T H A N K  Y O U

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