Robert Taylor

 

P1 | Apiary

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

  • Albert Einstein

The focus for this project was bees. The main aims were to provide a home for 4 bee hives and to accommodate for up to twenty people in a teaching space, but we also had to provide facility’s for extracting and processing the resulting honey. On top of these facilities for the ‘Sheffield Bee Keeping Society’ we were tasked with providing a public shelter and tea point for the users of General Cemetery. General Cemetery was the selected site for this project, it was opened in 1836 as a non-conformist burial site which was created in response to Sheffield’s rapid growth in population. It occupies a north-facing hillside site between Sharrow Vale and Sharrow Head and is now also a well-used and popular park.

Concept

After becoming fascinated with bees during the apiary visit I realised the idea that my intervention could perhaps also educate the public about bees through drawings and key information. Did you know that a bee has seven brains? It is my belief that if more people were educated about bees and about how they are so essential to our everyday lives then this could only be a good thing for both us and the bee species.

Exterior View

P2 | Community Theatre

“Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.”

  •  Constantin Stanislavski

The brief for this project was to design a small community theatre and bar/café. In this project there was a particular focus on how the buildings façades and how it addressed the street. I was allocated a small plot in Attercliffe, Sheffield; that was approximately 12x10m and was surrounded on three of its four sides. Attercliffe is a district of Sheffield that lies to the north east of the city centre. The area saw massive growth with the rise of the steel industry in Sheffield, but has since declined and the multi-ethnic community could be described as fractured. 

Concept

During the site analysis I discovered that the church that backs on to my site is the current home of the ‘Tudor Players’ an amateur drama performance group that was set up in the 60’s. Currently they use the church as a place for meeting and rehearsing but it is not fit for their needs as there is no room for seating to perform in front of an audience and they are currently forced to rent theatres in the city centre. My proposal is to create a theatre that forms a physical link to the church, the theatre will be used for rehearsals and smaller performances, as well as providing a workshop to produce sets and a café for the local community.

Tudor House key view

P3 | Housing

“One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.”

  •  Agatha Christie

My the site for my housing project can be found in Heeley, a district of Sheffield; opposite sum studios, a recently renovated school from the 1800’s that has now become a design studio for a number of local businesses. The site itself is a 60 metre long strip that boarders a church yard, school playing fields and the Heeley institute which was the first place of worship in the area. It has recently been renovated and is now a space for hire and is often used for children’s birthday parties. 

Manifesto

After conducting some site analysis in Heeley it was established that there wasn’t a great deal for the younger generation to do in Heeley so I though it would be constructive if my architecture in some way improved this situation, therefore it seemed a logical progression for my houses to be for foster families. In 2010 there were 74,000 children under the age of 18 living with foster families in the UK and yet there was 6,200 living with local authorities as there weren’t sufficient foster parents.

My housing development will be aimed at attracting more people to foster, the homes would be owned and maintained by a charitable trust and rented to foster families. I decided that outdoor space is particularly important during your younger years. Spaces that could be explored and played in, ones that would both benefit the residents as well as the local community; and it has been creating spaces like these has been the main driving force for my design.

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