P1 LEAVENING Study the leavening process in baking and design a bakery in the Rivelin Valley, providing a wood-fired bread oven, teaching facilities and a café.
This project required us to thoroughly investigate the baking process, exploring space required, learning about the necessary equipment and understanding how a bakery is run. We began with visits to working bakeries in Sheffield such as the Seven Hills Bakery in Sharrow, and were then given an area of woodland in the Rivelin Valley to chose a site in. I picked a portion of a narrow, steep bank bounded by a shallow river on one side and a footpath and lake on the other; it’s gradient presented an interesting challenge and the views across the lake, dappled light and woodland setting gave it an intriguing and variable atmosphere. A key theme running throughout the development process was the contrast between the river-side and lake-side parts of my bakery, the river being sleek and cutting straight across the site whilst the footpath wound lazily around the edge of the lake. The result was a soft, timber clad, curving wall facing the path with a large circular oven at one end, separated from the main building by a strip of glazing, providing a single glimpse inside. A spiral staircase wraps around and down past the oven to the heavily glazed, north-west facing café space downstairs, with right angled walls and a lightness to the structure as if it is floating over the river.
P2 THEATRE Investigate the culture of theatre in the UK and design a medium sized venue in a site in Sharrow that will positively benefit the community.
I have a strong attachment to the theatre, particularly for musical productions involving a whole variety of people from musicians, to costume designers to lighting operators, so wanted to design a venue that could cater to children in the multiple primary schools local to Sharrow, whether they want to be on stage, back stage or simply watching a show. The experience of being at the theatre should be equally as exciting for audience, cast and crew. Initial sketch models, informed by analysis of the site heavily influenced the form of my theatre, with a saw-tooth roofline and projected auditorium evident in particular throughout. My final design focuses on the transition between spaces from the public realm to the drama of the theatre, all routes culminating in entering the auditorium, whether from front-of-house or backstage. The specific type of timber cladding chosen allows light to glow from windows between the battens, creating a theatre that comes alive at night, taking on a slightly different form altogether.
P3 HOUSING Through research of modern issues relating to housing and a group master plan project, develop a manifesto and subsequently a housing scheme for a site in the suburb of Heeley. Include a community facility and at least two house types.
My manifesto grew from an aspect of our masterplan that looked into rehousing elderly people living alone into housing that made more efficient use of space and helped to prevent loneliness. The result was a plan for an intergenerational cohousing community which centred around a communal house and community-run business. The most considerable challenge presented by my site (currently the location of the Brothers’ Arms Pub and an inaccessible yard) was the large change in level, and so it became the main factor in the massing and layout of my site. To reinforce the communal nature of the scheme, I also sought to locate my buildings around a central shared space if possible, whilst the nearby typology of SUM Studios influenced the basic forms. After many alterations and shifting of levels and massing, I developed a scheme providing 11 units (three 3-bed houses, three 2-bed houses and five 1-bed flats for the elderly) and a communal house, with a large kitchen, long communal dining table, living area and flexible café/event space. The communal house can be divided into smaller spaces as needed and used or hired out as a venue. A wide variety of activities might be held there to benefit the community, such as yoga classes, craft fairs, second-hand sales, kids clubs – anything the residents are interested in.