Programme 1 – Cycle Hut – Canopy
“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” John F Kennedy
Sheffield is a city caught between the past and the present; it is a town in transition from its old industrial past to a more affluent future. The path of the railway line down the middle of the city only exacerbates this economic division by translating it into a prominent geographic divide too. This development of a community cycle hut, based in the heart of the city in the newly developed station facilities, aims to bring together both commuters and resident families and break down this boundary. The theme of unity thus runs through the design of the cycle hut; a series of separate buildings are drawn together by a unifying canopy and both the canopy and the predominant material, wood, draw inspiration from nature in order to blend into the hut’s natural environment.
Programme 2 – Perform – HUSH Cabaret Club
“Leave your troubles outside! Life is disappointing? Forget it! ” – Cabaret, 1972
The tired Attercliffe of today is a far cry from its dynamic pre-war existence; something best symbolised by the closure of iconic Adelphi Theatre in 1967 and the area’s subsequent slide into poor condition. It is by drawing on this rich and interesting history that this burlesque-cabaret club seeks to rejuvenate the local area. The club makes a nod to the past with its use of classic red brick, but gives this tradition a twist by using narrower Roman bricks and remains firmly directed towards the future by also providing a performance area for new local schools. In this provision of day time facilities to the community, alongside the two main performances in the evening, the club aims to provide services for those from all walks of life and thus bring together the diverse neighbourhood of Attercliffe.
Programme 3 – Heeley Housing Project – Family Housing
What are you able to build with your blocks?
Castles and palaces, temples and docks.
Rain may keep raining, and others go roam,
But I can be happy and building at home.
Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet be sea,
There I’ll establish a city for me:
A kirk and a mill and a palace beside,
And a harbour as well where my vessels may ride.
Great is the palace with pillar and wall,
A sort of a tower on the top of it all,
And steps coming down in an orderly way
To where my toy vessels lie safe in the bay.
This one is sailing and that one is moored:
Hark to the song of the sailors aboard!
And see, on the steps of my palace, the kings
Coming and going with presents and things!
Now I have done with it, down let it go!
All in a moment the town is laid low.
Block upon block lying scattered and free,
What is there left of my town by the sea?
Yet as I saw it, I see it again,
The kirk and the palace, the ships and the men,
And as long as I live and where’er I may be,
I’ll always remember my town by the sea.
– Robert Louis Stevenson, Block City
The housing scheme is located in Heeley, a primarily residential area, just outside of Sheffield. I have designed 7 dwellings comprising three 3-bed, 2 storey houses and four 4-bed, three storey houses. Hoping to raise the apprenticeship levels in the local area, which currently stand at 4%, I have also included a workspace area to the east of the site which, when the housing scheme is being constructed, will be the centre of the teaching and learning for the young people involved in the scheme. My housing is aimed at young families and the designs are geared towards providing a child friendly living environment. The design of the houses were influenced by the housing scheme in Rotterdam by J.J.P Oud and the Begijnhof housing scheme in Amsterdam. The surrounding area is landscaped with the influence of schemes in Berlin and is based around a creative, active environment for young people as well as promoting learning through playing and encouraging the young mind.