Monday, 25 May 2009

Interior shots

Life skills classroom

Main entrance with views through to courtyard beyond
First floor corridror looking towards life skills classroom

IT cafe

I have already pinned up but thought that the presentation was lacking some views of the interior of the building - especially if I am going to talk about visual permeability in my presentation - so have done a couple of quick shots to add to the portfolio before tomorrow's internal exam board.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Presentation Boards

A slightly low quality image but it shows the general content and layout

Final Images

Here are the final renders that are to go in the presentation

View from Chapeltown Road (main image)
Main entrance though renovated Reginald Parade
Outdoor sports court
Courtyard and main hall
Creche outdoor play area Bus stop and bike store to Reginald Parade
Landscaped Park
Creche entrance from park

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Reginald Parade - Behind the Bike Sheds

Reginald Parade - Before And After
A design review of my thesis project at work brought up some concerns about the treatment of Reginald Parade. I had removed the shops leaving the colonnaded facade as an entrance to the site with railings between the bays. This was felt to be too incongruous with no architectural connection to the building.

I have since tried to strengthen that connection by bringing some of the architectural language of the building to the parade. I have also tried to make the scheme interact more with its context by incorporating and developing the existing bus stop and adding a new cycle store.

Thursday, 16 April 2009


East Elevation South Elevation
West Elevation
North Elevation

Final Design?

A quick render of the scheme in context.

Volumes and Elevations

Further amendments to the plans resulted in the addition of the second floor. This tied in with site sections forming a stronger relationship with the site and raised interesting opportunities for the internal volumes and the elevations.


Earlier sketched explorations of potential building forms looked at contemporising the traditional building typology. This sketch sees the combination of these ideas with an initial attempt at rationalising the elevations with the general arrangements.

Visual / Physical Connections

Once a decision on the position of the building had been made the idea of how to connect the road and the urban context to the park was considered. The sketch shown exhibits the idea of integrating the building and park and flowing the landscape through.

Posistion Within the Site

The size of the site posed the question of where to site the building. Depending upon its position within the park the building took on differing relationships with the local and wider community. Siting the building to the front of the park on Chapeltown Road increased its relationship with the wider urban context whilst still retaining ties with the immediate community.
This advanced position also allows the scheme to make maximum use of the remaining parkland. It offers the potential to connect the building and its uses to the landscape and provide further facilities for the community.

Response to the Site

The sloping nature of the site raised a number of possibilities. One of the first steps was to investigate options for the building’s relationship with the landscape.

Retrospective Design Process

The next few posts will hopefully explain the design process a little more clearly. Ideally these should have been posted earlier and in some cases come before some that have already been posted.

The order that things should have gone is as follows:

  • Response to the Site

  • Position Within the Site

  • Spatial Hierarchy (previously posted)

  • Visual / Physical Connections

  • Earthships (previously posted)

  • Activity Boxes (previously posted as 'Block Model')

  • Materials

  • Volumes and Elevations

Friday, 3 April 2009

Earthship Concept

The conceptual approach to the design of the scheme is based upon the theory of Earthships. This small scale residential concept produces an autonomous building that provides its own energy, water and heating and manages its own waste disposal.
One of the main techniques that the system uses is the regulation of internal temperatures by the use of passive solar gains and thermal mass.
The aim is to take as many of the Earthship techniques as possible that are appropriate and adapt them to a larger scale public building.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Block Model

Following a critical analysis with Bob I have revisited the scheme; from its positioning and relationship with the site to the arrangement of rooms.

A series of 'activity boxes' (Bob, not me) relate to each other and to the site either expressing the activity within or secluding it dependent the amount of privacy required.

Monday, 16 February 2009

Trying to see how the form sits in its context. The above image doesn't show it particularly well but there needs to be a stronger relationship between the landscape and the building due to the weak context surrounding the site.

Monday, 9 February 2009

A Blank Canvas

Only the facade of Reginald Parade remains. The shops have been replaced with contemporary
iron railings to open up the site and allow views through to the park.

All I have to do now is design a building.

Spatial Hierarchy

The above diagrams are an analysis of the spatial relationships between the different uses throughout the building. The theory here is to help with the hierarchical arrangement of the building.
Certain rooms / uses interrelate and overlap with each other - if these interactions were to take on a physical manifestation it can be seen which use would be dominant and which subordinate, helping to develop an architectural language throughout the building.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Schedule of Accommodation

A combination of the activities undertaken by the scout movement and local youth organisations would require the following accommodation. This also takes into consideration a use of the facilities by the wider community; to increase community involvement and to increase the revenue potential of the building.

· Communal gathering space (internal / external)
· Management offices
· Meeting rooms
· IT
· Café
· Kitchen
· Life skills training - kitchen teaching rooms
· Overnight stay - dormitory
· Counselling rooms
· Leisure / sport facilities
· Gymnasium
· Changing facilities
· Plant

Working ideas

A continuous swathe of green flows into the streetscape to connect the urban context to the park.

Potential Design Solutions

In addition to the facilities required for a scout group the brief calls for an inclusive facility to provide amenities for the community and to enhance to local area. Even with this additional accommodation the result could still be a relatively simple building.

Due to the strong community aspect to the brief the importance of the landscaping throughput the scheme is elevated.

The size and the deep rectangular shape of the site offer a number of potential options for the placement of the built form. The positioning of any buildings and their relationship with the landscape and context is vital to the success of the scheme.

The example above shows the primary structure set back form the main road. The existing façade of Reginald Terrace is made more permeable so as to invite the user both visually and physically through to the communal gardens to the rear of the site.