Emma Huxtable


Year 2 portfolio

P1 – Observatory

In collaboration with Genevieve Leake


“Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless really… “Do the stars gaze back?” Now that’s a question” – Neil Gaiman

Our site for this project was Higger Tor in the Peak District. We selected our specific site to be a section on the North West of the tor. It involved designing a small building to accommodate an observatory.  The observatory allows for a fully immersive experience, where knowledge gained is about yourself and those whom you choose to watch the stars with. This is achieved through two areas; the first being a public ‘performance’ in the theatre, exploring the importance of time and place; and the second being the ‘performance’ of the stars themselves in privacy of hidden pods, creating space in which conversations are welcomed which may not happen otherwise or elsewhere.




P2 – Dance Theatre


This project involved designing a small community theatre on a brownfield site in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. The concept of this theatre was to limit the boundary between public and private, whilst still retaining enough separation for the theatre to successfully function. This is something that would allow the theatre to embed itself into the community, by allowing the public to feel more involved in the performances. Part of the task was to design a facade that was appropriate and responded to the surrounding context. The curved facade on my theatre is designed to both be functional for theatre seating inside, but also to draw the public in from the street. Considering thresholds throughout the design was also important. The front of house area, together with the double helix staircase and walkways, formed the threshold between the road and auditorium, with many other smaller thresholds being created throughout.



P3 – Intergenerational Housing


This housing project is located in Burngreave, an area just North of Sheffield city centre. Following visits to the site and research into the neighbourhood it was evident that the elderly population are becoming isolated and lonely, whilst the young adults appear to have limited drive and aspiration. Intergenerational housing would therefore benefit the area, creating social and family-like connections between the generations, as well as encouraging the younger generation to develop skills to further their education and  job opportunities. Research also showed that many households are occupied by one person. Housing that allows for multiple people to live together would help to free up family houses that are possibly only occupied by one person.




Contact: emma.huxtable@yahoo.com