Keren ObiUzu

YEAR 2 PORTFOLIO

The three projects explored in second year have allowed me to understand the complexity of the urban environment. I have been able to explore various solutions to issues concerning architecture; Allowing me to consider and priorities the needs and wellbeing of the clients, with this explore various ways of communicating design.

P1: THRESHOLD | P2: LIBRARY | P3: HOUSING

 

 

 

P1

Caver’s Shelter

Location: Peak Cavern, Castleton

Ramon F. Roman/ Keren Obiuzu/ Hao Nan Zuo

To cavers the exploration of the Underground creates a sense of adventure. An awe of inspirations, the bold choice to go in and out of the foreground, distinguishing the thresholds between light and dark. This project provides modern shelters for cavers, a place to return to recuperate. A place to perform rituals of preparation, socializing, cleaning and sleeping.

 

 

“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)

 

 

 

P2

Public Library

Location: Ducie Street, Manchester

Only 7 minutes away from the Manchester Piccadilly, a principal railway station in Manchester, England.  A place where knowledge is transferred, Imagination and information broadened. What better way to celebrate the history of Manchester and its vast knowledge while bringing people together from across Manchester and beyond. A library is not just a space it’s a concept, a place where communities are built with vast access to knowledge, information and culture.

 

 

“Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities”. – David Lankes

 

P3

Co-Housing for refuge

Location: Burngreave Street, Sheffield

A Home is not just a house, it’s the memories, the rituals, the people. The essence of my project is to create a sense of belonging, as more than 30% of residents in Burngreave live alone in various houses, there is a growing sense of loneliness. My scheme hopes to integrate its residents and create a sense of community without excluding any individual. A place for interaction and inclusion, where people create life long memories. Featuring a community kitchen and various stations for gardening, creating bonding activities for its residents.

 

 

“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” –     Sarah Dessen,

 

Contact:  knobiuzu1@sheffield.ac.uk

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