Grace Byrne

P1 Caver’s Shelter

With Deepa Goswami


“The gates of hell are open night and day;
Smooth the descent, and easy is the way:
But to return, and view the cheerful skies,
In this the task and mighty labour lies.”


Virgil’s Aeneid, translation by John Dryden, 1697 (6.126-129)


Our concept for the caver’s shelter project started off by exploring the idea of ending a caving journey, emerging out of a cave and connecting back to nature. Our building explores the concept of ‘winding down’through the sequence of spaces which move from wet to dry, cold to warm thus creating a transition from the wilderness to home.




P2 Shadow Puppet Theatre



The ancient art of shadow puppetry is sadly becoming a dying art. My theatre aims to bring that art back to life. My site was situated on High Street in the vibrant and trendy Northern Quarter in Manchester. I wanted to explore how my building could work with shadows and encompass the ancient art of shadow puppetry whilst keeping within the urban area of the Northern Quarter.

The workshop, theatre space and bar are the three main areas of the building and are all placed directly above one another just like a puppet on a string. With the theatre itself, not only does the shadow puppetry become alive in front of the screen, the puppeteer creates an equally beautiful performance behind the screen. I wanted people to see this performance, hence the cantilevered glazed box offering a street view to passers-by.




P3 Intergenerational Housing



Sitting down for a cup of tea, learning how to use Facebook or even making a new friend. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that we take for granted but for people who live on their own, it’s the little things that make a house feel like a home. My intergenerational housing scheme aims to encourage daily interactions between the two users of the house: the elderly and students.

My housing development consists of 3 shared units each with an attached studio apartment, 1 unit with two studio apartments and a community building for art lessons. The interactions between the elderly and students are encouraged further through the incentive of volunteering. For 30 hours of volunteering per month, residents can live for cheaper rent whilst also learning new skills and making new relationships.