Gabriela Di Castro Calderón

Project 2

The Place

Creation of a theater in Manchester’s Northern Quarter that caters to minority or unheard groups of the community.
Development of a ‘modern speakeasy’ typology in which the controversial use of the building is hidden in plain sight.


Project Brief


Concept Development


Actions in the Theater


Experiencing the Building


“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise”

Maya Angelou


Project 3

Rufa Development

Creation of a cohousing scheme in the middle of Burngreave that is compromised by 8 different homes.
Incremental growth of the scheme by ‘squatters’ that take possession of the site.
Centered around a common courtyard, the community is grounded on a shared set of values and ideologies regarding housing and human rights.


Manifesto Development


February 2020


Site Study




Concept Development




3-Room House Configuration


2-Room House Configuration


“There is a plague of sameness

that is killing human joy.”

Zita Cobb