From cycling to comics to community housing; the second year studio work of Caroline Fielding.
P1- Cycle Hub
My first project was a pavilion to facilitate the storage and maintenance of bicycles. The allocated site was Sheffield, South Street Park which is a strip of green that lies behind Sheffield Train Station. The park is a steep slope with lots of winding paths, a stone theater in the center and a set of corten steel steps that lead directly from the bottom to the top of the site.
I enjoyed the irony of having to build a cycle hub on a site where the only direct route from the station at the bottom to Park Hill at the top is by a large set of steps. This influenced the stepped form of my building and the placement of it being right at the top of the hill; showing that Sheffield cyclists can overcome the many challenges that this hilly city presents them.
P2- Graphic Novel Library
My second project was to reinterpret the library for the 21st century by proposing a relevant type of library for Attercliffe in northeast Sheffield. Attercliffe is not a residential area so there isn’t much of a community, people predominantly travel to Attercliffe to visit the many specialist hobby and supply shops or to work at the factories and works that branch off the high street. I decided to design a specialist library to hold collections of Graphic Novels.
I decided upon graphic novels mainly because they attract a large cult following that are willing to travel a long way for their passion, hence continuing Attercliffe’s appeal to specialist interests. But I also found that having a graphic novel library would benefit and interest local people living in the nearest residential area- Darnall and working around Attercliffe because the medium is accessible to all, independent of education or language.
P3- Housing in Heeley
During our research around Heeley we found a disparity between age groups. There are large areas of housing specifically for old people and lots of small family houses but nothing in-between. Similarly the public facilities, such as the traditional pubs or cute farms, are based around these clicky groups.
I decided to bring together these age groups in a scheme that encouraged the ideals of Lifetime Homes. As well as having houses for young families to grow up in I had houses for downscaling middle aged couples to grow old in. I went about creating housing that people will want to stay in through the concepts of well-being, neighbourly trust, community, security and health.
Bridging the two strips of housing and securing the shared garden is a community exercise hall. I believe exercise is one of the few things that can be appreciated by all age groups and is completely inclusive to all people. You don’t need to be part of a special group, have a particular lifestyle, or be a certain age. My community interface links in with the ideals of the scheme as a project that builds intergenerational community in Heeley.