Sophie Guneratne

 Sophie Guneratne 

Sheffield School of Architecture

Second Year Portfolio


P1 Cycling

The brief for this project was to design a temporary, non-domestic building for up to ten people in a rural setting, more specifically, a bicycle repair centre. The building had to provide storage for up to 50 bikes of different sizes and accommodation for a maximum of 2 people (ticketing, small scale administration, tea making etc). It also needed to have a small repair area for maintenance of the bikes, general storage, a sheltered place to wait and sufficient showering, changing and WC facilities. There must also be an Off-grid solution to heat, power and waste.

My site was South Street Park, situated east of Sheffield Station and west of Park Hill flats. When visiting my site for the first time I was overcome by a sense of calm and reflection. There was something so soothing about being able to sit in such a quiet and secluded park and look out onto the bustling city and this was a feeling that I wanted every local and visitor to Sheffield to experience. For this reason the main design driver for this project is my buildings visibility from the city.



P2 Library

The brief for this project was to reinterpret ‘the library’ for the 21st century. The building was to include a cafe area, library and stacks and storage. There was to be a clear threshold into the building from the street and the content of the library should be suitable for it’s context.

The main concept of my design is to harness the diverse culture of Attercliffe under one roof. In the same way that the saree fabric in my concept collage below, wraps around and connects the images on the page, the roof canopy of my library envelops the different ethnology of Attercliffe and connects a series of different spaces in which the education and celebration of the different cultures can occur.


P3 Housing

The brief for this project was to design housing for both families and one other demographic (inspired by our own individual manifesto) as well as a shared community facility.
My manifesto looked at adoption and how architecture can reduce the psychological implications of feeling like you don’t belong in a wider community. To tackle these issues I created three values of happiness, inspired by methods described in the book ‘Building Happiness’ by Jane Wernick, and used these to help make decisions throughout the design process. These values say that increased happiness occurs within a person if they are ‘surrounded by nature’, they have ‘regular interaction with their neighbours’ and ‘a sense of belonging’.
I have shown the influence these values have had on my work by highlighting them on my design drawings in green, blue and purple.