Charlie Leather

YEAR 2 ONLINE PORTFOLIO – SELECTED WORKS

PROJECTS:

P1 – BUILDING IN A LANDSCAPE

P2 – THEATRE

P3 – HOUSING


SHEAF VALLEY CYCLE HUB, SHEFFIELD

P1 – BUILDING IN A LANDSCAPE

Cycling is a means of transportation, but it is much more than that. Cycling is both an individual and a collective pursuit, for some a way of life. My task was to design a building that was to be both a pit stop and hub as part of a strategy for promoting cycling in Sheffield. Located in the Sheaf Valley Park behind Sheffield train station my cycle hub offers a rest place for commuters coming into the city with their bicycles whilst also improving the stations accessibility into the city centre.


ROPEWALKS CIRCUS, LIVERPOOL

P2 – THEATRE

The theatre was once the heart of every community. A place to escape, dream and wonder, the catharsis of the theatrical experience has been part of our society for centuries. It has the power to bring communities together, and contribute to a ‘sense’ of community. As a building form, the presence of a theatre within a town once signified an achievement of social standing, an elevation to a higher intellectual or cultural level – a focus of great civic pride. Tasked with designing a building which illustrates this aspiration in the Ropewalks area of Liverpool I responded with a modern day circus that sought to provide the alternative area with a venue for an alternative performance art.


BURNGREAVE (E)COHOUSING, SHEFFIELD

P3 – HOUSING

The design of housing, unlike the single house, offers an opportunity to exploit the potential of multiple units; the street. Central to the design and habitation of housing is the realm of ‘the shared’, expressed both physically in party walls, communal space, sustainable strategies, and metaphorically in the expression of common values, be they social, cultural, or issues of lifestyle. Tasked with designing a housing project to accommodate both families and an additional domestic group, informed by a manifesto demonstrating my own attitudes towards housing, I responded with ‘Burngreave (E)cohousing’. A carbon positive cohousing scheme that demonstrates a more sustainable way of living through passive design and on site food/energy production. The affordable scheme develops a strong sense of community through shared gardens that provide food for both the residents and a community interface, a ‘village shop’ that educates the local Burngreave community about the effects of climate change and steps they can take towards preventing such change.

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