The project began with a housing precedent study. Guest Street Housing by De Metz Forbes Knight Architects in Manchester is a contemporary take on 19th century terraced homes. The homes are T shaped in plan with courtyard gardens and finished with differing colours of brickwork. Studying this scheme taught me some valuable lessons such as how to increase daylight into the home and efficient planning to maximise space and views.
Next, a group Masterplan for Heeley was proposed. Our group’s idea to develop a green route through Heeley to connect all parts of the community together and also a riverside walk which will open up Heeley to people from the city centre.
My housing project explores the themes of co-housing in relation to the theme of food and sustainability. Specifically in relation to the idea of setting up a rhubarb enterprise as part of the housing scheme, as Yorkshire is famous for its rhubarb triangle. The scheme features a rhubarb courtyard at the heart of the scheme with a car park for the residents underneath. A rhubarb shop and rhubarb production tower are also situated at key points of the scheme. There are 12 houses of three different types primarily designed for families.
The scheme is closely associated to its neighbouring buildings: Anns Grove School, in which the children will be educated about food production and sustainability at the housing scheme and Heeley City Farm which provide ingredients to the scheme but also provides much of the inspiration for the themes and rustic materiality of the housing. Precedents for the scheme are Ash Sakula’s Eco Town Terrace for the material choices and sustainable CLT construction.
P2 Performance: Theatre
Named No. 3, this theatre is for performances of only three people. It is a community theatre for people of all ages which also includes a cafe / bar which is open during the day.
A site strategy of connecting the Sharrow Vale neighbourhood to Ecclesall Road was my starting point. This included designing the unforgotten space down the alleyway that many people passed through during the day but is pitch black at night. The idea, to light up the area, attract people to the theatre and reconnect the neighbourhoods. The form of the main theatre is 3 boxes. The auditorium, a heavy mass, seemingly suspended within a lighter, glass shell and the cafe / bar. A precedent for this is the Royal Festival Hall in London, inspiring the form and the Melbourne Recital Centre by Ashton Raggatt Mcdougall Architects, inspiring the atmosphere.
P1 Threshold: Apiary
Site: Sheffield General Cemetery
The brief: to design an apiary, a place to keep bees, extract honey and an educational facility for the public to learn about this
process. The bees require a secluded setting which, away from direct sunlight and wind. The retaining catacomb wall of the chosen site provides these requirements.
Visitors approach the building via a quiet alleyway and bridge across the river. The building is designed hierarchically similar to a beehive. The visitors enter the building at the bottom and exit at the top, rising through the building and experiencing different views at each level. The hives are situated within the catacombs, which can be seen below as the visitors exit the building.
Precedents for this scheme Malcolm Fraser Architects Artist Studios in Glen Nevis for its natural materials within its natural setting and the Mausoleum of Hadrian in Rome for the access via the bridge across the river.
Aside from my architectural studies, I enjoy travel and photography. Travelling allows me to experience and learn from different cultures. It also provides the opportunity to experience architecture from around the world. I enjoy taking photographs and experimenting with different photographic techniques. In particular I photograph buildings and still life. The act of taking photographs forces me to consider the composition of photographs from different viewpoints.
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