Project 1 – Apiary
After visiting the Apiary at the Woodland Discovery Centre it became very clear that the awareness of bee colonies is significantly low. I explored the vision of bees and what they see on the colour spectrum compared to a human eye, and how their vision is how the environment affect their pheromones. The site was to be chosen within Sheffield General Cemetery in Sharrow. I wanted the dwelling to be within the wooded area, not only does this help the bee colony but creates an exploration and interest for people walking by. Creating a glass cube with 75% mirrored glazing and a rooftop bee hive arena would allow people walking around the park to see glimpses of sun shining from the building, and not having public access but visually being able to see the bee keepers at work would draw the public in to learn more about such an important insect in England.
Project 2 – Library
A library “A building containing collections of books, media and periodicals for use to the public for a small amount of time”. Many librarys have been closing down in recent years so it was time to design a library for the twenty first century. My first thought was to have 2 floors, ground floor containing a cafe, offices to rent and a very welcoming atmosphere, second floor to hold silent zones and the traditional library stacks. Having a cafe on the ground floor would draw the public in, as well as the architecture of course, and then exploring the other parameters on upper floors. To influence the public and retain libraries in the UK I wanted the contents to have a difference and thoughts turned towards a travel bookshop but pushing the further unique qualities towards a map room. The site did not have large foot fall, however Eccleshall Road is a very busy high street, the architecture needed to pull the surrounding community and want to investigate through a small inviting alleyway.
Project 3 – Housing
This project involved the design of a housing scheme in Heeley, with the thought of challenging the idea of Lifetime Homes. I firstly identified key issues within the lifetime home idea, which can be seen in my manifesto. After identifying the issues I saw an element of Heeley that would thrive through the scheme, having found there were a variety of residence in the surrounding area with different needs. While exploring the idea of having different homes for different needs throughout their life I asked myself questions such as; Why would people not want to live in a close community that grows up together? To which degree do neighbours want to interact? How should a housing scheme encourage involvement with one another and not exclude the wider community of Heeley.