Mathilda Lewis

P1- CYCLE CENTRE

“BIKING IS ABOUT RHYTHM AND FLOW. ITS THE WIND IN YOUR FACE AND THE CHALLENGE OF HAMMERING UP A LONG HILL. ITS THE REWARD AT THE TOP AND THE THRILL OF A HIGH SPEED DESCENT. BIKING LETS YOU COME ALIVE IN BOTH BODY AND SPIRIT. AFTER A WHILE THE BIKE DISAPPEARS BENEATH YOU AND YOU FEEL AS IF YOU’RE SUSPENDED IN MIDAIR” GARY KLEIN

THIS PROJECT REQUIRED ME TO DESIGN A CYCLE CENTRE LOCATED NEAR TO THE TRAIN STATION IN SHEFFIELD. THERE WERE MANY PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS RELATED TO THE SITE AND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A CYCLE CENTRE IN GENERAL. WE SET DOWN A STRONG GROUNDWORK FOR THE PROJECT BY FIRST CARRYING OUT A SERIES OF MEASURED DRAWINGS AFTER HAVING VISITED AN EXISTING CYCLE CENTRE. WE THEN CARRIED OUT ANALYSIS OF THE DIRECT SITE AND THE WIDER AREA IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE POTENTIAL CLIENTELE OF THE CYCLE CENTRE, THEIR NEEDS AND THE LIMITATIONS REGARDING THE SITE. I STARTED OFF THE PROJECT BY WATCHING VIDEOS OF CYCLISTS AND COMBINED MY REACTION TO THIS WITH MY REACTION TO THE SITE BY CREATING A SERIES OF CONCEPT MODELS. THESE CONCEPT MODELS ARE RESPONDING TO THE RHYTHM AND REPETITIVE NATURE I OBSERVED IN THESE CYCLING VIDEOS AND ALSO RELATE TO THE MOST PROMINENT FEATURE OF THE SITE; THE STEEL STAIRCASE WINDING ALL THE WAY UP THE STEEP SLOPE. IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR MY BUILDING TO RELATE TO THESE STAIRS IN SOME WAY, WHILST ALSO TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE PANORAMIC VIEW OF SHEFFIELD FROM THE HILL.

P2- THEATRE

“ONE OF MY BELIEFS IS THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN INSTITUTIONS WITHIN A COMMUNITY WHICH STAND FOR THE SPIRIT AND HEART OF THE COMMUNITY, THERE’S THE CHURCH, THE LOCAL FOOTBALL TEAM, THE LOCAL PUB AND THE THEATRE.”- DAVID SOUL

THIS PROJECT EXPLORES WHAT I THINK A COMMUNITY THEATRE SHOULD REPRESENT; A PLATFORM FOR CREATIVITY WITHOUT BOUNDS. I DECIDED EARLY ON THAT I WANTED MY THEATRE TO EMBRACE A VERSATILE RANGE OF CREATIVE OUTLETS AND PROVIDE A SPACE FOR LOCALS TO GATHER WITHOUT BEING EXCLUSIVE IN ANY WAY. I WANTED THE SPACE TO ENCOURAGE AMATEURS WHO HAVE A PASSION FOR THEATRE DESIGN, COSTUME MAKING, SET DEISGN, AS WELL AS ACTING. WE STARTED OFF THE PROJECT WITH A TRIP EXPLORING DIFFERENT KINDS OF THEATRE IN LIVERPOOL AND THEN SET ABOUT EXPLORING THE SITES WE WERE GIVEN. MY SITE IS LOCATED OFF ECCLESALL ROAD IN SHEFFIELD; QUITE AN AFFLUENT AREA WITH A WIDE RANGE OF BOUTIQUE SHOPS SURROUNDING THE SITE. IT IS ALSO HIGHLY POPULATED WITH STUDENTS SO I SAW IT AS IMPORTANT TO BE INCLUSIVE TO ALL PARTIES AND ACT AS A BRIDGING GAP BETWEEN THE POTENTIALLY SEGREGATED GROUPS. THE BRIEF REQUIRED SOME SORT OF BAR/ CAFE AREA, PERFORMANCE SPACE, BACK STAGE AREA AND TICKET AREA. MY INTIAL INTEREST WAS DRAWN TO VERSATILE CREATIVE SPACES SO THIS IS WHERE I BEGAN MY RESEARCH.

P3- HOUSING

 THIS PROJECT HAD A SPECIFIC FOCUS ON THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN SHARED AND PRIVATE SPACE, CREATING A BALANCE BETWEEN CREATING A FOUNDATION FOR A SOCIABLE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS ALLOWING FOR PEOPLE TO RETREAT INTO THEIR INDIVIDUAL DWELLINGS. HAVING BEEN GIVEN MY SITE I ANALYSED THE RESTRICTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE DIRECT AREA, AND LOOKED TO THE WIDER AREA TO GRASP AN IDEA OF THE KIND OF PERSON THAT MIGHT WANT TO LIVE IN HEELEY. I FELT THAT THE PRECEDENT STUDY AND THE SITE ANALYSIS GAVE A STRONG STARTING POINT FOR THE PROJECT AND ALLOWED ME TO DEFINE AN INTEREST AND DIRECTION. FROM THE PRECEDENT STUDIES, I WAS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN COHOUSING DEVELOPMENTS AS THERE ARE VERY FEW IN THE UK BUT I FEEL AS IF THEY ARE INCREASING IN POPULARITY DUE TO THE ISOLATION MANY PEOPLE EXPERIENCE ESPECIALLY DUE TO THE CHANGES IN FAMILY STRUCTURES, INCREASING NUMBER OF ELDERLY AND THE DIGITAL AGE MEANING PEOPLE HAVE LESS PHYSICAL INTERACTION WITH OTHERS. FROM MY SITE I DECIDED AS A MASTERPLAN IT WOULD BE AN EFFECTIVE IDEA TO TURN THE CUL DE SAC INTO A GREEN ROUTE AND FROM THE PRECEDENT STUDIES I BEGAN TO RESEARCH COHOUSING DEVELOPMENTS.

“THE ASSOCIATION THAT DEVELOPS FROM INTERDEPENDENCE CAN BE BENEFICIAL AND INCREASE WELL BEING”

FOR MY MANIFESTO I DECIDED THAT THE CONC0EPT OF THE SCHEME WOULD BE TO PROVIDE A MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL SET UP FOR FAMILIES, WITH TWO WORKING PARENTS, AND POTENTIALLY PREVIOUSLY ISOLATED ELDERLY PEOPLE. WITH THE ELDERLY MAYBE OFFERING CHILD CARE WHILST THE FAMILIES HELP OUT WITH ANY DIFFICULTIES THE ELDERLY MAY HAVE AND PROVIDE COMPANY AND SECURITY. THE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT COMPRISES OF 5 LARGER FAMILY APARTMENTS, ACCOMMODATING 3/4/5 MEMBERS FLEXIBLY, ALONGSIDE A SERIES OF SMALLER SINGLE FLOOR RESIDENCIES THAT ARE AIMED TOWARDS THE ELDERLY. THERE IS A COMMUNITY BUILDING WHICH FRAMES THE ENTRANCE TO THE STREET WITH A LIFT THAT ALLOWS FOR ACCESS TO THE UPPER LEVELS. EACH RESIDENT HAS THIER OWN FRONT DOOR AND SOME FORM OF PRIVATE OUTSIDE SPACE.

 

 

 

 

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